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Internship, Population Division

Posted: 10/12/2018 (Employment)

Intern position — Population Affairs – United Nations – Department of Economic and Social Affairs (New York)

The Population Division of the United Nations in New York is looking to hire some interns in coming weeks/months to work on population and mortality issues in low- and middle-income countries.

To apply, see posting below for details:

The Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)/Population Division/Policy Section internship is for two months with a possibility of extension to a maximum of six months, depending on the needs of the Division. The internship is unpaid and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the Department or Office to which they are assigned.

The Population Estimation and Projection Section (PEPS) analyzes past and future national demographic levels and trends for all countries of the world since 1950 and until 2100, and is responsible for the preparation of the 2019 Revision of the World Population Prospects, and pursues methodological research on substantive issues related to the work of the Division.

Interns will have opportunities to broaden their experience and knowledge about international population issues; exposure to the work of the Population Division and related work in other UN agencies; broaden the understanding of current demographic issues globally; and introduced to the functioning of United Nations bodies. Interns are integrated in the PEPS team, they participate and contribute to staff meetings and discussions, research issues, draft papers and reports, develop and maintain information databases, and provide support to other PEPS activities. Interns work under the supervision of PEPS’ staff. In addition, interns have an opportunity to attend lectures, and other events related to social and economic development, and other UN-related issues held in New York.

Under the general guidance of the section Chief, Population Estimates and Projections Section, Population Division, the intern will be responsible to provide support on the following:

  1. Assist with data compilation, analysis and desk research on demographic data from developing and developed countries both from aggregated summary tabulations and microdata upon data availability;
  2. Assist in evaluating mortality age patterns computed from data collected in censuses and surveys;
  3. Assist in updating and assessing demographic data from a range of data sources (registration, census, survey);
  4. Contribute to populate an internal database to disseminate summary empirical demographic data for further public use and research;
  5. Identify gaps in existing demographic data on population and vital statistics.

The specific research topics will be determined after discussions between the intern and the responsible officer, and should be mutually beneficial for both the intern and the UN.

Upon completion of this internship, the intern will prepare a brief report on the experience gained.

The intern may also be asked to assist in the day-today work of the Division as required. The intern is expected to familiarize him/herself, to a limited extent, with administrative work of the Division and other tasks that are typical of the UN organizations.

For more information and to apply:

Further information about the internship programme is also available at

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Deadline: 10/24/2018

Location: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs