UNOOSA has an Opening for a Science and Technology Intern


The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) has an opening for a Science and Technology Intern to join its Earth Observation for Water Management, Space Applications Section, I. The Office for Outer Space Affairs OOSA-Space Applications Section internship is for two months, with an opportunity for an extension of up to six months, depending on the office’s needs and the intern’s availability. The internship is UNPAID and full-time.


Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background and the internship period. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Online research on the use of space technologies for water resource management (actors, projects, technologies);
  • Working with remote sensing data and creating maps to be published on the portal or in articles;
  • Data collection and aggregation;
  • Contributing to or writing short articles (science and popular science) on the use of space technologies for water resource management or hydrology;
  • Preparation of posts and outreach material;
  • Adding and editing content to the Space4Water Portal (web content editing); and
  • Perform other tasks as necessary.


The United Nations Core Competencies include:

  • Planning and organising: Develops clear goals, identifies priority activities and assignments and monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary.
  • Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organisational goals.
  • Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the office’s work; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows a 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: 
    1. Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); 
    2. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or 
    3. Have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within one year of graduation. Official proof from the university in support of one of the above options has to be attached to the Inspira application.
  • Be computer literate in standard software applications; proficient in preparing spreadsheets and databases management (good knowledge of MS Excel and Libre Base, online data extraction using R);
  • 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 includes a willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
Work Experience

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


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.

Please note 

Considered candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager for further assessment. In addition, interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions.

How to Apply

A completed online application, including a cover note and personal history profile, is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The Cover Note must include:

  • Degree programme (The applicant’s current course of studying);
  • Graduation date (The expected date the applicant will/have graduate (d) from their institution);
  • Past research, whether in space technologies or water resource management;
  • Past experience with remote sensing and GIS;
  • Their top three areas of interest;
  • Share why they think they are the best candidate for this specific internship; and
  • Explain their interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.

In the online Personal History Profile, include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references. Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

According to the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment. Furthermore, reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request to support their participation in the recruitment process.

Application closes at 11:55 pm GMT -4 on 16th July 2023. For more information, please visit here.

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