BONNI-1 Internship




Core Value

Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

General Information

Your application for this internship must include:
1. A Completed application (Personal History Profile) through the UN careers Portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. In your Personal History Profile (PHP), be sure to include all past work experiences, IT Skills, and three references.
2. Proof of enrollment (click on link to access and attach to your application:,
- List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in using, and Explain why you are the best candidate for the internship and what you hope to gain from the internship.
3. A certified copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated).

Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.


The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) aims to conserve terrestrial, aquatic and avian migratory species throughout their range. It is an intergovernmental treaty, concluded under the aegis of the UN Environment, concerned with the conservation of wildlife and habitats on a global scale. The Convention maintains close institutional and programmatic linkages with its instruments, even with those agreements that are legally independent. CMS and its agreements are often collectively referred to as the “CMS Family”. At present, there are 126 countries, which became Party of the Convention. This internship is located in the UNEP/CMS Secretariat at the Bonn duty station, Germany.

Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background, the intern’s assigned office as well as the internship period.

Interns work five days per week ( 40 hours) under the supervision of a staff to whom they are assigned. The internship is UNPAID and is full time.

The internship is for a minimum of three (3) months with the possibility of extending to a maximum of six (6) months


Avian Species Team
•Liaise on behalf of the Avian Species Team with the Joint Communication Unit in the organization of the annual World Migratory Bird Day campaign (WMBD 2019 and other campaigns and events related to birds:
•Assist on Avian issues in the preparation of the Sessional Committee of the Scientific Council ) and the 13th Meeting of the Parties to CMS (India, February 2020)
•Assist in the production of background documents for the Avian Unit, through research and compilation of information;
•Prepare power point presentations for the Avian Species Team;
•Support the operations of the avian task forces and working groups, in particular: The Task Force on Illegal Killing of Birds; the Energy Task Force; the Avian Influenza Task Force; the Landbirds Working Group; the Flyways Working Group; the Poisoning Working Group;
•Support the day to day operation and the organization of meetings of the avian instruments that are managed from the CMS Secretariat, in particular: the Andean Flamingos MOU; the Siberian Crane MOU; the Aquatic Warbler MOU; the Great Bustard MOU, etc;
•Participate in internal meetings, Skype calls, teleconferences, etc, and take notes;

Aquatic Species Team:
•undertake literature reviews on marine mammals, sharks or turtle species of concern for CMS and ASCOBANS or threats that are affecting them
•contribute to the preparation of background documents for CMS and ASCOBANS meetings
•assist in the preparation of publications and other outreach material, including the websites
•contribute to the development of strategies and action plans
•assist in the preparation and follow-up of meetings and workshops
•assist with the implementation of other aspects of the Secretariats’ work programmes
•participate at appropriate internal meetings of the joint CMS/ASCOBANS Secretariat
•contribute to tasks related to MoUs for aquatic species (for example: MoU on migratory sharks, IOSEA Marine Turtles MoU or the Pacific Islands Cetaceans MoU)

Terrestrial Species Team
•Do research for the Terrestrial Species team on a variety of topics
•Assist with a variety of other tasks as they arise
•Assist in the preparation of the 12th Meeting of the Parties to CMS
•Assist in the production of Electronic Newsletters for the CAMI program in English and possibly in Russian;

Scientific Advisory Services
•support the operation of CMS working groups and task forces, in particular the Working Group on the National Report Format assist in the preparation, servicing and follow up of meetings of scientific experts and members of the Scientific Council and its Sessional Committee
•compile information on threats and other issues of relevance to migratory species, such as climate change, obstacles to migration, migratory connectivity
•deal with website content in specific areas, in particular the species database
•assist with the maintenance and animation of the Scientific Council workspace
•assist with the development of an Atlas on Animal Migration
•participate in appropriate internal meetings of the CMS Secretariat


-Speaks and writes clearly and effectively
-Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately
-Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication
-Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience
-Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed

-Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals
-Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others
-Places team agenda before personal agenda
-Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position
-Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings

Client Orientation:
-Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view
-Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect
-Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions
-Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems
-Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects
-Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client


Applicants are not requires to have professional work experience for participation in the programme


Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
a. Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
b. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent);
c. Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.

Be computer literate in standard software applications.

Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter;

Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Preferred area of study: A degree programme of biology, ecology, zoology, environmental studies, international relations/policy, geography, international law or related fields


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.


Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly for further consideration