UN-HABITAT student internship opportunities
Each year UN-HABITAT, in partnership with The University of Auckland, offers a number of three to six month overseas internships to senior undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Current internship projects
Internships will be based in the Asia-Pacific region and projects will be in the following areas:
- Climate change
- Water and sanitation
- Housing and slum upgrading
- Disaster risk reduction
- Urban legislation
- Local economic development
Interns are expected to provide support for: project/programme design and implementation; research; knowledge management; communication and outreach; meeting organisation; management of capacity development initiatives; and GIS.
It is expected that students will normally specialise in one of the following areas: architecture, planning, engineering (in particular water and sanitation), law, development studies, geography, economics, or business administration.
Selected candidates will have specific and significant human settlements experience (GIS, slum upgrading etc) or be well rounded generalists that can work on a number of issues as outlined above.
Students applying to participate must apply directly to The University of Auckland and be:
- Currently enrolled in the last year of an undergraduate programme, or in a postgraduate programme at The University of Auckland, and will continue to be enrolled during the period of the internship
- Willing to intern on a full-time basis spending five days a week for a period of three months and not exceeding six months
- In good overall academic standing with a minimum grade point average of B in the two most recent semesters of study
- Able to demonstrate the relevance of the internship to the programme of study
- Able to appropriately represent The University of Auckland as an ambassador
Students may apply in future rounds if unsuccessful in any given round, but are only permitted to serve one internship with UN-HABITAT during their programme.
Accommodation and costs
Interns are fully responsible for their travel and accommodation arrangements but will be offered some assistance by UN-HABITAT through its intern network.
All successful applicants are expected to make their own arrangements for travel and living expenses during the internship period.
Visas and insurance
UN-HABITAT will support interns with visa arrangements. Interns must ensure they have appropriate travel and medical insurance during the period of the internship, and must comply with all The University of Auckland policies and procedures relating to travel abroad.
How to apply
Complete the attached application form and submit it with the appropriate supporting information to Auckland Abroad.
Once applications are received a Select Committee of International Committee will meet and candidates will be selected for nomination.
If a placement is subsequently offered by UN-HABITAT, an individual programme of work and assessment plan will be finalised and credit pre-approved by the faculty as appropriate. The timing of the internship will be confirmed in consultation with the department/faculty, the student and UN-HABITAT.
For further information contact Auckland Abroad
2 Alfred Street
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 81692
Open: Monday to Friday 2–4pm
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