INTERN - Information Systems & Communication Technology

United Nations Secretariat, New York, United States

Skill Required:, IT and ICT
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
23rd August, 2021

Job Description

  • This internship is located in the Analytics and Visualization Team of the Analytics and Project Management Section (APM) of the Business Transformation and Accountability Division (BTAD) in the Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC).
  • The Analytics and Visualization team of DMSPC/BTAD/APM designs and develops advanced analytic and visualization solutions for global clients. The team responds to client requests based on a complex question that requires analytical treatment and visualization methods that are not possible using standard approaches. The team applies methods that include statistics, descriptive and predictive data mining, machine learning, algorithm development, modeling, forecasting, and customized visualization.
  • The internship programme is for a period of three months with an opportunity for extension up to six months, pending on the needs of the department.
  • The internship is UNPAID and interns work remotely up to five days per week under the supervision of a staff member in the office to which they are assigned.


As part of the DMSPC/BTAD Analytics and Visualization team, the technical intern will be responsible for the following duties:

  •  Contributes to a custom developed analytic and visualization framework / library.
  •  Develops reusable code and components that can be integrated into other projects.
  •  Transforms data sources for analysis and visualization.
  •  Develops analytic algorithms and visualization layouts (graph, tree, map, chart, etc.).
  •  Optimizes application for maximum performance, speed and scalability.
  •  Configures a sustainable build environment to efficiently manage continued framework /library development.
  •  Supports client requests using the above mentioned approaches.
  •  Performs other duties as required


Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Technological awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology. Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office. Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks. Shows willingness to learn new technology.

Professionalism: Knowledge of advanced studies in data science including data manipulation, analytics, and visualization as well as experience with ingesting file (csv), DB (SQLite), and other data sources. Ability to render libraries such as SVG.js, D3.js, Pixi.js and Three.js as well as use code versioning tools, such as GIT. Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:

 Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  • be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  • be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent);

Applicants are required to:

  • be computer literate in standard software applications;
  • have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
  • have demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

It is desirable that the applicants have proficient understanding of:

  • data manipulation libraries such as LoDash, Moment, JStat, and related;
  • rendering libraries such as SVG.js, D3.js, Pixi.js and Three.js; or
  • cross-browser compatibility issues and ways to work around them.


  • No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the Internship Programme. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.


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