Intern - Economic Affairs

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, INCHEON CITY, South Korea

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
30th December, 2021

Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The internship at the ESCAP East and North-East Asia (ENEA) Office located in Incheon, Republic of Korea, is for two months with an opportunity for extension up to six months, if required by the division.

The internship is UNPAID and full-time.

Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the division or office to which they are assigned.


Interns will be assigned to conduct research on economic-related topics and assist in the implementation of activities, as appropriate. Assigned tasks will be mutually agreed between the intern and his/her supervisor on the following areas:

  • National socio-economic policies, including but not limited to, implementation of priority areas of SDGs implementation in the East and North-East Asia subregion;
  • National science, technology and innovation policies, including but not limited to, frontier technologies (such as AI, IoT, big data, and blockchain), start-ups, and inclusive innovation;
  • Subregional connectivity including trade, investment and transport;
  • Macroeconomic developments in the East and North-Easy Asia subregion;
  • Development cooperation or implementation mechanisms;
  • Intra- and inter-subregional cooperation mechanisms (including on innovation, financial cooperation, infrastructure financing and disaster risk reduction), and;
  • Stakeholder engagements, including but not limited to, collaboration between policy makers and civil society in formulating and implementing socio-economic policies.

Responsibilities will depend on the intern’s background, areas of interest, assigned supervisor, and duration of internship period. Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Provide technical inputs and briefing notes in drafting and preparing official documents;
  • Participate in conferences and meetings, including documentation of proceedings;
  • Conduct desktop research, including review of literature and compilation of statistics;
  • Render logistical support during conferences and meetings, and;
  • Review project documents.


The United Nations Core Competencies include:

  • Communication: Ability to draft clearly and concisely, good written and oral language skills.
  • Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals.
  • Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be ‘clients’ and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view.


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  • be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
  • be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or
  • have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the internship, and fluency in spoken and written any language of ENEA member countries is preferred.
  • Knowledge of an additional official UN language is an asset. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat.


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