NGO Working Group on the Security Council – Internship Position
New York, NY
About the Working Group
The NGO Working Group on the Security Council is a group of about thirty-five NGO representatives whose organizations have a special interest in Council matters. Founded in its present form in 1997, the group now organizes off-the-record briefings almost every week with one of the ambassadors on the Security Council. The group also meets from time to time with top UN officials and occasionally also with ministers, parliamentarians and NGO experts. Group members include many large international NGOs in the fields of humanitarian relief, human rights, disarmament, global governance and development. The NGO side has high-level representation, including heads of agency, senior officers or respected NGO representatives. The meetings take place nearly always with the Permanent Representative, either in missions or in NGO conference rooms. Due in part to the diversity of its membership, the NGO Working Group as a whole does not undertake specific advocacy positions, but rather provides a forum for NGOs and members of the Security Council to come together to exchange information and build relationships for bilateral advocacy.
This internship is with the Secretariat of the NGO Working Group on the Security Council (NGOWG/SC), hosted by WFM-IGP in New York.
The Secretariat is looking for a full-time intern for a period of 3-6 months, beginning in early 2018. Please note that this internship is unpaid.
1.Assist with the setting up of briefings and events, including monitoring and updating attendance lists, assisting with the preparation of the agenda, coordinating conference calls, taking minutes, and more;
2.Maintaining NGOWG/SC contact databases, including members and UN contacts;
3.Maintain up-to-date knowledge of UN Security Council news and regularly update the NGOWG/SC listserv and social media platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook;
4.Draft letters to NGOWG/SC members and high-level UN representatives;
5.Assist with logistics planning for events and travel;
6.Provide general administrative and office support, including answering phones, maintaining the calendar of events, and assisting with post office mailings, word processing, filing, and faxing;
7.Any other tasks as needed.
1.Advanced undergraduate or graduate student working towards a degree in International Relations, Politics, or related field
2.Familiarity with the UN system, particularly the UN Security Council
3.Excellent written and oral communication, research and writing skills
4.Proficiency using Microsoft Office software (including Outlook)
5.Ability to work independently and within the constraints of tight deadlines
6.Previous experience in a nonprofit environment preferred
7.Proficiency in English required, additional language proficiencies are a plus, particularly one or more of the other official UN languages (French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, or Chinese).
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, three references and a brief writing sample (3-5 pages maximum) on a related topic. Please include the name of the internship in the subject of the email (if applicable) and in the cover letter. Be sure to indicate your approximate start date as well.
Note: Students in many institutions can obtain academic credit for this internship.
Applications can be emailed to Brittany Roser at email@example.com.
Applications for this internship are reviewed on a rolling basis. However, we ask that all applications be received by Friday, 1 December at 5:00pm EST.
For further information about the NGOWG/SC, please visit www.ngowgsc.org.
No phone inquiries please.