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Internships for translators

The English translation services at the following duty stations currently offer internships to students on a regular basis.  Click on the buttons to find out more. You may apply to internships at more than one duty station.

Internships in the English Translation Service at United Nations Headquarters in New York for July-August 2016 are currently being advertised on the UN Careers portal, available at http://careers.un.org. The deadline for applications is 30 March 2016. For information on the application process, see "How to apply" on the right.

Interns in the translation services at United Nations Headquarters in New York have a unique opportunity to gain first-hand insight into the work of international diplomacy at the highest level.  The translation services are in the Documentation Division of the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management. The bodies they serve include the Security Council, the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council, as well as subsidiary bodies, such as the Counter-Terrorism Committee and the Peacebuilding Commission.

During the course of an internship in the English Translation Service in New York, interns translate (subject to revision, of course) a variety of documents, including reports, position papers and statements by Member States, as well as communications addressed to the Secretary-General. They also have the opportunity to attend high-level United Nations meetings and try their hand at producing official summary records. Interns receive guidance and feedback from revisers.

Interns in New York have the opportunity to participate in the social and cultural events organized at Headquarters, tour the Secretariat, speak with and observe members of other language services (i.e. interpretation, verbatim reporting and editing) and participate in joint activities with interns from the other translation services.

For more detailed information on the internships in the English Translation Service in New York, check out the latest version of the Guide for Translation Interns.

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The United Nations Office at Geneva is not currently hosting translation internships.

The UNOV English, Publishing and Library Section and its English translation unit form part of the Conference Management Service, which in turn is part of the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management of the United Nations Secretariat. Interns in the English translation unit have a unique opportunity to gain first-hand insight into the work of the Vienna-based United Nations agencies, particularly the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Office for Outer Space Affairs and the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).

During the course of an internship in the English translation unit, interns translate (subject to revision, of course) a variety of documents, including country and mission reports, correspondence between the Vienna-based agencies and their Member States, draft agreements, legal and technical documents and draft resolutions. Interns receive guidance and feedback from revisers.

Interns in Vienna have the opportunity to meet members of other language services (including the Interpretation Section and the Editorial Control Unit), meet interns hosted by the Vienna-based agencies, participate in the various recreational clubs at the Vienna International Centre and join general and art tours of the Centre.

Internships are listed like paid job openings on the UN Careers portal, available at http://careers.un.org. To apply for an internship click on the "How to apply" tab to the right.

For information on internships in the Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish services, click on the corresponding language tabs in the banner above.