About us

The ILO’s office in New York (ILONY) ensures that ILO core priorities are presented to the relevant United Nations fora, including the General Assembly and ECOSOC. It contributes to the coordination of follow-up activities on major United Nations conference and is responsible for the representation of the ILO at United Nations and other meetings in New York.

ILO Office for the United Nations
One Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza
885 Second Avenue, 30th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Tel: +1.212.697.01.50
Fax: +1.212.697.52.18
Email: newyork@ilo.org

Special Representative to the United Nations
 and Director
Ms. Beate Andrees
Programme Analyst Ms. Amber Barth
Senior Multilateral Cooperation Specialist  Mr. Matthieu Cognac
Policy Specialist - Women’s Economic Empowerment  Ms. Laura Addati
Data Science Officer Ms. Kelly A. Gleason
Technical Officer Ms. Ewa Staworzynska
Assistant to Director Ms. Jessica Pak
Senior Operations Assistant Mr. Jose L. Ricaurte


Internship on Multilateral Cooperation and Outreach - Fall 2020

Description of duties

The only tripartite UN agency, the ILO brings together governments, employers and workers of 187 member States , to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work for all. The ILO Office for the United Nations ensures that ILO core priorities are presented to the relevant United Nations fora, including the General Assembly, in particular the Second and Third Committees, and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and its functional commissions. It contributes to the coordination of follow-up activities on major United Nations conference and is responsible for the representation of the ILO at United Nations and other meetings in New York.

An internship with the ILO Office for the United Nations, provides an opportunity to:
• Be exposed to the day-to-day operations at the United Nations as it relates to development and policy priorities of the ILO;
• Increase understanding of relevant issues at the international level by direct involvement in the work of the Office and the application of ILO principles, programmes and strategies;
• Gain practical work experience with the ILO directly related to the intern’s field of studies;
• Gain experience in the planning and implementation of activities designed to raise awareness of the ILO’s work and to promote support for and a better understanding of its aims and programmes through engagement in various UN meetings;
• Work as part of a diverse team and engage with various audiences, including ILO constituents (governments and employers’ and workers’ organizations), policy makers, donors, academia, the UN system and civil society.

The ILO Internship Programme is a full-time position and presence is required Monday though Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. The duration of the internship is 3 months.

In case an intern is not supported by an institution (university, government or other), a stipend to cover basic subsistence costs is paid by the ILO. The stipend is USD1,500.00 per month.

Required qualifications

An intern must be currently enrolled in a Masters’ degree or PhD programme, including but not limited to, gender studies, economics, development studies, political science, law, business, policy analysis and other relevant studies, or have completed studies within 12 months prior to this application. This internship assignment follows the rules and policies for internships that are consistent with the UN Secretariat internships programme.

• Excellent writing skills and demonstrated experience with qualitative and quantitative research on gender equality at work;
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills;
• Ability to work in a multicultural environment;
• Initiative, creativity, and flexibility;
• Ability to work under pressure, and as part of a team comprised of people from diverse national and cultural backgrounds;
• Ability to use analytical tools to present data and research findings for publications and other information materials.

Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Working knowledge of at least one of the other working languages of the ILO (French or Spanish) is encouraged.

Additional Requirements and Eligibility:
(1) Close relatives of serving ILO officials are not eligible for an internship.
(2) Candidates who have already worked at the ILO or participated in the Internship programme are ineligible.
(3) Candidates must be available full-time.

Application process

Please submit an updated resume and cover letter to the following email: newyork@ilo.org, by 20 April 2020.
Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

UN Competencies:

  • Professionalism — Proven conceptual, analytical and evaluative skills and ability to conduct independent research and analysis, identifying issues, formulating options and making conclusions and recommendations;
  • Planning and organizing — Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan;
  • Commitment to continuous learning — Willingness to keep abreast of new developments in the field of communications, external relations and knowledge management;
  • Technological awareness — Solid computer skills and their application to design and project management, including proficiency in word processing and standard office software packages;
  • Teamwork — Strong interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective relations with people of diverse national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Communication — Proven ability to write clearly and to communicate effectively orally; demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective work relationships.
The ILO values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, including those with disabilities. Applications from non- or under-represented member States would be particularly welcome.

Insurance and conditions of internships

The cost of travel, passport, visa, insurance coverage for illness and accidents and accommodation, as well as living expenses during an internship at the ILO, are the sole responsibility of the intern or his/her sponsoring institution.

The internship programme is not intended to lead to a career in the ILO. There should be no expectation of further employment at the end of the internship.