Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)


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    The United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) in Bonn recruits highly qualified applicants to work as interns at the different UNU-EHS academic sections. Interns are recruited through a competitive application process through specific vacancy announcements or unsolicited applications for a minimum period of three months and a maximum period of six months. Students or recent graduates interested in the work of the United Nations and in particular the United Nations University are encouraged to apply.

    Selection criteria

    The qualifications which will be considered in the application process include, but are not limited to, the following. The ideal candidate

    • is currently pursuing or has recently completed under- or postgraduate studies (Bachelor’s or Master’s), preferably in a field related to the University’s priority areas as set forth in its

      Strategic Plan;

    • has a native or near fluent command of written and spoken English;
    • has excellent research, writing and analytical skills;
    • can establish and maintain effective working relations with people from diverse backgrounds;
    • demonstrates resourcefulness and creativity in problem-solving;
    • has advanced computer skills: sound, hands-on, knowledge of standard office software (word processing, spreadsheets, databases, etc.);
    • has a demonstrated interest in the work of the United Nations and more specifically, in the work of the United Nations University.

     Interns responsibilities/Work assignments

    Interns at UNU-EHS have the opportunity to engage in a number of ongoing initiatives that provide a unique window into the working processes of the University. In broad terms, interns gain insight into and contribute to the priority areas of the four UNU-EHS academic sections listed below:

    1. Environmental Migration, Social Vulnerability & Adaptation Section (EMSVSA).

      EMSVA undertakes empirical research on environmentally induced migration and social vulnerability. The section also addresses climate change adaptation including a range of activities such as disaster risk reduction and insurance-related approaches to help vulnerable countries and communities.

    2. Vulnerability Assessment, Risk Management & Adaptive Planning Section (VARMAP).

      VARMAP develops frameworks, models and tools to assess vulnerability and risk linked to natural hazards using quantitative and qualitative measures. Additionally, the section explores options to reduce vulnerability and risk and to strengthen adaptive governance, e.g., through urban adaptation strategies in the context of extreme climate-related events and gradual changes.

    3. Environmental Vulnerability & Ecosystem Services Section (EVES).

      EVES explores environmental deterioration processes such as water and land degradation. Particularly, the section looks at remedial measures, resources availability and robustness of ecosystem services, all within the context of socioecological systems affected by environmental hazards.

    4. Enhancing Graduate Educational Capacities for Human Security Section (EGECHS).

      EGECHS investigates the teaching – research nexus to enhance the graduate education and research training of the Institute. The section develops open educational resources on vulnerability and risk for sharing with educators, students and self-learners to use, reuse and adapt them in teaching, learning and research.

    Facilities and services

    The UNU-EHS Internship Programme accepts interns to work in different areas of the four academic sections of UNU-EHS for a period of three to six months. Interns are selected throughout the running calendar year. Please download the application form to apply for an internship at UNU-EHS.

    Interns work full time during the regular working hours of the University: 9:00–17:00, Monday to Friday. Weekends and official UNU holidays are days off.

    Interns are provided office space and facilities as appropriate for their work. Interns at UNU-EHS also enjoy free access to the in-house and electronic library and have the unique opportunity to learn about, contribute to and provide assistance in the organization of conferences, lectures and academic forums and symposiums that take place throughout the year.

    Please see the internships page on the UNU-EHS website as well as the UNU Bonn internship portal for changes or updates.