INTERN - Remote Sensing / GIS, UN-SPIDER Bonn[Temporary]

BONNI-1 Internship




Core Value

Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

General Information

A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The Cover Note must include:
•Degree Programme (What are you currently studying?)
•Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?)
•List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
•List your top three areas of interest.
•Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship.
•Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.

In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.

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


This internship with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)/UN Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) is for a minimum of two (2) months with the option to extend to a total of six (6) months, depending on the needs of the office and the availability of the intern. The desired starting date for the internship is early April 2019.

The internship is UNPAID and full-time.

Interns work five days per week (40 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the office to which they are assigned.

For information on UNOOSA and UN-SPIDER, please visit:;


The intern shall undertake the following duties, which may include, but are not limited to:
•Contribute to the systematic elaboration, compilation and dissemination of relevant information via the UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal (
•Support remote sensing activities, especially in the area of drought monitoring and risk reduction.
•Update databases under the “Links and Resources” section on the UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal.
•Support the UN-SPIDER Bonn office with tasks related to the Global Partnership Using Space-based Technology Applications for Disaster Risk Reduction (GP-STAR) and the International Network for Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems (IN-MHEWS).
•Contribute to the elaboration of technical documents on the use of remote sensing applications for disaster risk reduction.
•Contribute to the elaboration and upload of “Recommended Practices” to the UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal.
•Give a presentation on his/her internship and write an internship report.
•Perform other tasks as necessary.


The United Nations Core Competencies include:
•Communication: Ability to draft clearly and concisely, good written and oral language skills.
•Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals.
•Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be ‘clients’ and seeks to see things from clients’s point of view.


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

The following skills are desirable:
•Experience in remote sensing and GIS software
•Familiarity with Earth observation sensors and their imaging capabilities
•Knowledge of advanced image processing and interpretation


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
•Applicants must 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 programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or (c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation;
•Be computer literate in standard software applications;
•Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
•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.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the internship. Knowledge of an additional official UN language is an asset. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat.


Candidates may be contacted by the hiring manager for assessment.