An internship with the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security gives students excellent exposure to how nongovernmental organizations work within the UN system and in the nuclear, chemical, biological and conventional arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament realm. Interns have the opportunity to access the UN to attend open sessions of the General Assembly, the Security Council, UN conferences and to conduct research in the UN library. Interns are expected to spend half of their time assisting in administrative work and office projects and are encouraged to spend the other half of their time on projects of their own creation (to be approved by internship coordinator), which normally includes research and writing projects.
The following are things that our interns do at the UN:
* manning tables in the lobby during our panel events and escorting participants to meeting rooms
* arranging our materials for events at the UN
* helping logistically coordinate the panels
* attending meetings of the General Assembly First Committee and meetings at the Office of Disarmament Affairs
* visiting the UN Department of Public Information Resource Center to collect UN materials of interest to the office
* researching topics in the UN library for website content, reports, or preparation for panel discussions
Most of all, interns need to take the initiative in saying what their strengths are and what kind of assignments would interest them most. Also, what is on the UN and NGOCDPS schedules for the term during which they are interning will determine much of what interns will be doing.
Dates (flexible): January 20 - May 20 for Winter- interns are able to stay longer.
Spring internships are usually from May to August, with applications due March 20.
Fall Internships are usually from August to December, with applications due June 20.
Hours: 20-40 hours a week. (All hours are M-F between 9:30a-6:30p.)
- Demonstrated ability in writing
- Proficiency with basic computer & internet technologies
- Interest in disarmament, the United Nations system, & peace and security.
- Enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, or a recent (<5 years) graduate of either.
- Students with academic backgrounds in international relations and arms control/disarmament receive preferential treatment in the hiring process; however all are encouraged to apply.
Applicants should send (in .DOC or .PDF formats only) a cover letter, resume (listing two references with their email addresses) and 5-10 page writing sample to
, with the subject “Disarmament Internship Application Fall 2010”:
International applicants, alternatively, may mail in application materials to:
NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace, and Security
Attention: Internship Coordinator
777 UN Plaza, Suite 3B
New York, NY 10017
Please send any questions or inquiries about our internship programs: