Application Deadline: 5.00pm, Thursday 15 August 2019 (NYK Time)

Interns at the New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations have the opportunity to bring New Zealand’s foreign policy to life on the international community’s largest stage.

The Mission engages interns year-round and seeks to create internships rich in professional value. Internships are intended to give participants exposure and experience in the operations of the Mission and the United Nations. The expectation is that interns will support the Mission’s staff in advancing New Zealand’s interests at the United Nations. Interns are required to assist with the wide ranging work New Zealand engages in at the United Nations and will not be focused on a specific area or topic.

To succeed in the internship, interns should be capable of quickly developing a sound understanding of New Zealand’s foreign policy positions.  Common tasks interns are required to perform include attending and reporting on various meetings and events at the United Nations, undertaking research, assisting with high-level visits, preparing social media posts, and providing administrative and event support. It is essential that interns have strong communication skills, excellent judgement, and a positive and willing attitude.Internships are typically for four months, with commencement dates staggered throughout the year.


We prioritise giving internship opportunities to New Zealand citizens and residents. Graduate students are particularly encouraged to apply.

The New Zealand Mission’s work touches on a broad number of international issues. This diversity of thought is reflected in our people. We encourage applications from a wide-range of backgrounds.  

Qualifications, skills, and knowledge

Desired qualifications, skills and experience:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. 
  • Flexibility and willingness to undertake a wide range of tasks, including administrative tasks.
  • Possess a strong delivery focus – sets high standards including accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work within guidelines.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective relationships and to work within a team.
  • Ability to anticipate issues and problems, and think of effective solutions.
  • Displays personal integrity, and an honest and ethical approach.
  • Ideally, applicant’s background and/or field of study should be relevant to the work of the New Zealand Mission and United Nations.

Common backgrounds include Politics, International Relations, International Law, Economics, Human Rights, International Development, Sustainable Development, Health Science, Indigenous studies, Gender studies, Communications, and Security Studies, Disarmament.


Internships are unpaid and interns are fully responsible for their own costs (including accommodation, insurance and travel expenses).  However, a stipend will be available to offset part of the cost of undertaking the internship.

Prospective interns should be aware of the high cost of living in New York. Current students may be able to offset the costs by applying for internship grants and/or academic credits from their academic institution or find local sponsorship opportunities.

Additional Requirements

Interns are required to carry comprehensive travel insurance with adequate cover for medical expenses and personal liability for the duration of their assignments.

Interns are required to sign a standard undertaking covering non-government personnel participating in government delegations.

Visa Requirements

The Mission will facilitate a G2 visa for the duration of the internship. Successful applicants already in the United States on different visa may be able to stay on this visa for the duration of the internship – this will need to be discussed with the Mission in advance of starting.


Applications should include a covering letter setting out the applicant’s interest in, and suitability for, an internship, accompanied by a CV, and the contact details of two referees. These documents must be combined into one attachment. Candidates who make the interview stage will be required to provide proof of their university study (e.g. copy of transcript, degree or enrolment). 

Applicants should clearly indicate the commencement date of the internship they are available for.  Prospective interns already in the United States should advise their current visa status.

Current Opportunities

We are currently recruiting interns for four-month internships commencing at the following times:

  • One position: 27 January – 22 May 2020
  • One position: 17 February – 19 June 2020
  • One position: 13 April – 13 July 2020
  • One position: 27 May – 2 October 2020
  • One position: 22 June – 30 October 2020
  • One position: 6 July – 6 November 2020
  • Three positions: 24 August – 24 December 2020
  • One position: 5 October 2020 – 29 January 2021
  • One position: 2 November 2020 – 13 March 2021

How to apply

Applications must be received by 5.00pm, Thursday 15 August 2019 (NYK Time) and should be sent by email to with documents combined into one attachment only with subject line “NYK Intern Application” 

For More Information

Visit the Official Webpage of the Internships at the New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations,