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 Mr. Vinicius Carvalho Pinheiro
Programme Analyst  Ms. Amber Barth
Senior Multilateral Cooperation Specialist  Mr. Matthieu Cognac
Policy Specialist Women’s Economic Empowerment  Ms. Laura Addati
Data Science Officer Dr. Kelly A. Gleason
Junior Technical Officer Ms. Ewa Staworzynska
Secretary and Receptionist Ms. Jessica Pak

Internship Opportunities

TIMEFRAME: September 2019 - December 2019

BACKGROUND: 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.

An internship with the ILO provides an opportunity to:

(a) Increase understanding of relevant issues at the international level by involving them directly in the work of the Office and the application of ILO principles, programmes and strategies;

(b) Gain practical work experience with the ILO directly related to their field of studies.

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.

Description of duties for the Internship on Multilateral Cooperation and Outreach:

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.

As an intern with the ILO Office for the United Nations, you will be exposed to the day-to-day operations at the United Nations as it relates to development and policy priorities of the ILO. You will 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. You will gain experience in working as part of a diverse team and engaging with various audiences, including ILO constituents (governments and employers’ and workers’ organizations), policy makers, donors, academia, the UN system and civil society.

Duties will include:
Attend meetings and events to stay current on issues and actions that are relevant to the ILO’s mandate and provide clear and concise briefs of meetings;
Develop content for the office website and for media outreach
Undertake research on key issues for the production of statements and talking points for use at UN meetings;
Assist in the development and/or sourcing of information materials for distribution to UN Member States as well as other key stakeholders to enhance their understanding and knowledge of ILO activities on relevant development issues
Support the organization of technical briefings and outreach activities at the UN;


An intern must hold or 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. 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.

Description of duties for the Internship on Communications & External Relations:

The intern will work under the supervision and direction of the Director of the ILO NY Office for the purpose of contributing to the Office’s Mission of “Ensuring the Decent Work Agenda is integrated into the work of the UN system and improving awareness of and support for ILO perspectives with relevant audiences”. In pursuit of this objective, the intern will assist in all communications activities related to the ILO’s work at the United Nations as well as contribute to the building of partnerships and alliances to increase outreach and impact. Specific task include:
1. Assist in building better relations with media as well as the preparation and distribution of
Press Releases. Media Alerts, Op-Eds and the operation of all ILO NY social media accounts
2. Provide logistical and administrative support to the development of partnerships with key
audiences on issues relevant to the work of the ILO and provide assistance in strengthening
these partnerships and alliances;
3. Assist in the development, planning and implementation of events and activities at the
United Nations and in other locations that help maximise the opportunities to highlight the
ILO’s work and the presence of ILO experts;
4. Assist in the scheduling of interviews with media for ILO officials who are on Mission to the
USA as well as use ILO expertise by other means (i.e. videoconferencing, email, written
material or statements) for the release of reports, studies and other publications;
5. Provide input and assist in the development of communications products for awareness
raising of ILO issues and maximising distribution opportunities offered by events and social
media channels;
6. Develop and maintain, in conjunction with other office Support Staff, a calendar of events
and visiting officials to ensure maximise outreach and timely engagement by the office;
7. Provide communications support to meetings and initiatives to ensure that relevant ILO
materials are available and delivered to these events for distribution to participants;

The activities above should result in better overall awareness of the ILO’s work and the Decent Work Agenda in the context of the UN system and enable the intern to make tangible suggestions on the improvement of ILO outreach activities. The intern will also be expected to: make a contribution to the development and dissemination of ILO information products and social media; enhance the qualitative and quantitative aspects of the ILONY for better coverage and targeting; have identified and assisted in the development of key partnerships; improve the timeliness of distribution of relevant materials; improve project management skills in the development and implementation of events and initiatives.

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.
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.

Please submit an updated resume and cover letter no later than 16 August 2019 to the following email: newyork@ilo.org
Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. You will only be contacted if selected for an interview.

Please only apply for an internship if you fulfill the following three criteria:
(1) You have no close relative serving in the ILO.
(2) This is your first internship with the ILO (only one internship is permitted).
(3) You are currently following a course of study (last year of Master degree or above), or have completed studies within 12 months prior to this application.

US$ 1500 per month

Please note that the ILO does not take responsibility for any costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the internship. You will be responsible for your own insurance coverage for illness and accidents for the duration of the internship.

Conditions of internships:
Please note that cost of travel and accommodation as well as living expenses, are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions. Interns are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and for obtaining the necessary passport and visa or other documents for entering the U.S and for arranging their own accommodation.