Intern - Space Law and Policy, I (Temporary Job Opening)
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Intern - Space Law and Policy, I (Temporary Job Opening)  

United Nations Office at Vienna  

岗位领域:法律  工作性质:实习  

学历要求:本科及以上  岗位职级:其他  

工作地点:Vienna  截止日期:26 December , 2018  



Org. Setting and Reporting

The internship is located at the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) in Vienna, Austria. The intern will work under the direct supervision of Chief of the Committee, Policy and Legal Affairs Section (CPLA).


Internship position is for a period of minimum three months, with the option to extend to a total period of six months, based on the needs of the office and the availability of the intern. The internship period is expected to begin second half of January 2019.


This internship is unpaid. The intern will work five days per week (40 hours).


The internship will include tasks under the overall plan of work of UNOOSA, which is responsible for promoting international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space.


UNOOSA, through CPLA, provides substantive secretariat services to the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, its Scientific and Technical Subcommittee and Legal Subcommittee and related working groups, as well as to the Working Group of the Whole of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee) of the General Assembly when it considers the item on international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space. The Office leads the Inter-Agency Meeting on Outer Space Activities (UN-space), which is a central coordination mechanisms within the UN system on the use of space science and technology.


For more information on UNOOSA, please visit the following website:


The intern shall undertake the following duties which may include, but are not limited to:

Assist in the preparations and services for the 2019 cycle of sessions of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) and its Subcommittees;

Assist in legal and/or policy related research and analysis;

Deliver a final presentation on the internship outcomes; and

Perform other tasks as necessary.


The United Nations Core Competencies include:


Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


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.

Client Orientation:

Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Technological Awareness:

Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.


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

Degree programmes should be in a field of international affairs, policy and law, or other degree relevant to the activities of CPLA;

Be computer literate in standard software applications;

Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and

Have a 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.


Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme, but are encouraged to list all relevant work experience in their application.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. Fluency in English, i.e. oral and written proficiency is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


Applicants may be contacted by the hiring team for further assessment.

Special Notice

A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.


The Cover Note must include:

Name of university and title of degree you are currently pursuing

Graduation date (when you expect to graduate from the programme)

A listing of IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.

An explanation why you are the best candidate for an internship with the Section.

An explanation of your interest in the work of UNOOSA/CPLA.


In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.


Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.