UN Documents

List of UN documents and reports relating to internships at the UN.

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2017 ACABQ (GA Advisory Committee) report on HRM

The Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions report reiterating previous reports on the need for greater geographic and gender balance, and to rejuvenate the workforce.

“14. The Advisory Committee remains of the view that the continued analysis of the ageing trend combined with an analysis of other pertinent elements relating to workforce planning and rejuvenation of the Secretariat are necessary in order to inform policy developments and human resources reform initiatives. The Committee reiterates its concerns regarding the negative impact of reductions in the lower Professional-level grades on ongoing human resources management initiatives and other efforts to achieve important human resources targets, such as those pertaining to geographic and gender balance, as well as efforts to rejuvenate the workforce of the Secretariat (see A/72/7, para. 94). The Committee recommends that further analysis and recommendations relating to long-term solutions of the issue be included in the reports of the Secretary-General for the consideration of the General Assembly at its seventy-third session.”

Fair Progress? : Educational Mobility Around the World – World Bank – 17 October 2017 – Preview of full book coming 2018

Rising to the youth employment challenge: New evidence on key policy issues – Niall O’Higgins – United Nations International Labour Organization – 10 August 2017 – [Internships addressed in section 6.4]

2017 International Labour Organization: Developing quality traineeships for young people

This ILO guide provides a practical approach and mechanisms to creating quality traineeships that respects young people’s rights.

2016 Report of the Secretary-General: Composition of the Secretariat: gratis personnel, retired staff and consultants and individual contractors

This UN report presents the numbers, gender, and regional representation of interns and other types of gratis personnel at the United Nations for the years 2014 and 2015.

2014 Report of the Secretary-General: Composition of the Secretariat: gratis personnel, retired staff and consultants and individual contractors

This UN report presents the numbers, gender, and regional representation of interns and other types of gratis personnel at the United Nations for the years 2012 and 2013.

2016 United Nations Youth Report: Youth Civic Engagement

This UN report contains detailed analysis of the problems and risks associated with unpaid and unregulated internships. [Unpaid and unregulated internships pp. 33-46]

2014 Administrative Instruction ST/AI/2014/1

This administrative instruction by theUnited Nations Secretariat details the conditions and procedures for the selection and engagement of interns.

2009 Joint Inspection Unit Report on Internships at the United Nations

This is a report examines compensation schemes as part of a broader review of internships in the United Nations system. The JIU recommended that organizations implement supportive measures to reduce the cost of living for interns who were not funded or sponsored by other institutions, while noting that organizations may need to request funding to meet the additional costs of such measures.

2009 Secretary-General’s Bulletin

This document defines the procedure under which administrative instructions are issued.

1996 A.51/688

UN interns are now categorized as ‘gratis personnel, type II’

The present instruction applies to type II gratis personnel (hereinafter “gratis personnel”), who are personnel provided   to the United Nations by a Government or other entity responsible for the remuneration of the services of such personnel and do not serve under any other established regime such as that applicable to interns, associate experts, personnel provided on a non-reimbursable loan under the provisions of ST/AI/231/Rev.1 and personnel provided to the United Nations Special Commission under the regime reported by the Secretary-General to the Security Council in document S/22508 of 18 April 1991.

1994 A/RES/49/222 par. 7

Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali revival of the UN internship programme.

1958 A/RES/1335(XIII) par. 1

UN Resoultion for the Office of Public Information to maintain maximum effectivness while lowering costs.

1958 Public Information Activities of the United Nations

The first UN internship programme was implemented by the Office of Public Information of the United Nations.  The programme’s objective was to provide interns with the opportunity to acquire a deeper understanding of the UN.  The programme had an allocated budget of $72,000 to provide  stipends to 60 interns and cover travel-expenses of 20 guide-interns.  Authorized by the General Assembly.