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Intern (m/w/d) Drug Control & Crime Prevention

United Nations Internship  Wien, Wien, Ă–sterreich 4 Jul 2019

Job Description

The internship positions are located in the Secretariat of the International Narcotics Control Board (SINCB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Vienna (Austria). They are envisaged to start in August 2019 and onward for a period of six months, based on the needs of the office and the availability of the intern.

The internship is unpaid and full-time. Interns work five days per week (40 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.

Intern (m/w/d) Drug Control & Crime Prevention


The intern shall undertake the following duties which may include, but are not limited to:

  • Collect and analyze information on approaches and developments in drug control, including legislation, policy approaches, demand and supply reduction measures, and trends in drug abuse, illicit cultivation, manufacture and trafficking
  • Assist in the evaluation of Government compliance with the three international drug control conventions (1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances, and 1988 Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances)
  • Provide support to the Secretary of the Board, the Chiefs of Section and professional staff of the Secretariat in the substantive servicing of the INCB sessions, including assisting in the preparation of session documentation by undertaking specific research activities, and other duties as required
  • Contribute to the preparation of documents, background information, newsletters, presentations, public information material, background notes and speeches, including informal translation of documents as required
  • Assist in the analysis of responses to various INCB questionnaires
  • Assist the Secretary of the Board, Chiefs of Section and professional staff of the Secretariat in the implementation of INCB decisions
  • Assist the Chiefs of Section in the analysis of data submitted by competent national authorities as required by the conventions
  • Attend and take notes at various meetings as required
  • Perform other tasks as required.


  • Communication: 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.
  • Teamwork: 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.
  • Technological Awareness: keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.


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 (OFFICIAL WRITTEN PROOF FOR ONE OF THE ABOVE OPTIONS SHOULD BE ATTACHED TO THE INSPIRA APPLICATION). The following fields of study will be considered: law, international law, international relations, social science, economics, politics, computer science, information technology, pharmacology, chemistry or a related social science or health science discipline;
  • 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 includes willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Please find further information, details on the application process and the online application link here.

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