UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. It supports UN Member States to strengthen global standards for gender equality and women’s empowerment, undertakes operational activities at the country and regional levels and promotes coordination across the UN system to enhance accountability and results. 

UN Women Nordic Office is located in UN City in Copenhagen. The office is responsible for strategic partnerships including resource mobilisation, advocacy, and communication in the Nordic and Baltic regions. Key partners include governments, parliamentarians, the media, civil society, the private sector, and other UN agencies.

As an intern at the UN Women Nordic Liaison Office, you will gain insight in global challenges and current gender equality efforts of the international community. The internship will provide excellent learning opportunities through participating in UN Women’s engagement with diverse stakeholders throughout the Nordic and Baltic regions, both internal and external to the UN, to advance gender equality worldwide. As part of a dynamic office, interns at UN Women are also part of the wider UN City community.

Duties and Responsibilities

The internship will start on 1 August 2024 and end on 31 January 2025.

Under the supervision of the Director of the UN Women Nordic Liaison Office, the main duties are to:

  • Carry out national political surveillance on issues related to the work and mandate of UN Women and report on relevant developments in government policies in the respective countries;
  • Monitor national media in Nordic countries on issues related to the work and mandate of UN Women and report on relevant media coverage;
  • Support in the preparation and coordination of high-level visits of UN Women officials to the region, including drafting of briefing notes and talking points for UN Women officials;

  • Support communication efforts and organize outreach activities with private sector and foundations, and set up meetings and events to promote and improve UN Women´s private sector cooperation;

  • Participate and support in monthly partnership meetings with the Nordic Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Missions;

  • Participate in, and provide input to, joint advocacy and communication activities with UN sister organizations;

  • Host visits and present UN Women to students and other visitors;

  • Handle inquiries from students and the public;

  • Any other duties as required.

Learning objectives:

  • In addition to the above, the intern will have the following learning objectives for the duration of the internship: gain insight on strategies and approaches for establishing and maintaining partnerships with governments of member states, civil society and private sector entities, and UN Women’s role and mandate in this regard. Gain experience and understanding of the work of the UN system and UN Women.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement

Leading by Example

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:

Functional Competencies:

  • Interest in the work of UN Women and to the ideals of the UN Charter.
  • Good knowledge of social media and media monitoring.
  • Energetic self-starter with multi-tasking abilities and discipline with deadlines.
  • Good knowledge of event planning.
  • 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.
  • Strong computer skills (i.e., MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Teams, Zoom).
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Ability to create, edit and present information in clear and presentable formats: online and offline
  • Strong multimedia skills.
  • Detail oriented.

Required Skills and Experience


  • University studies in one of the following disciplines: political science, development studies, gender studies, international relations or other relevant subjects is required.
  • Meet one of the following:
  1. Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher);
  2. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent);
  3. Be enrolled in a mandatory national service programme of which the internship may form a part;
  4. Have recently graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within two-years of graduation.


  1. Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required;
  2. Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in a Nordic language are required;
  3. Working knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.


Interns who are not in receipt of financial support from other sources such as universities or other institutions will receive a stipend from UN Women to partially subsidize their basic living costs for the duration of the internship.

Application Information:

  • Please attach a CV and a cover letter in your application in English
  • All applicants must submit a completed and signed P.11 form with their application.
  • Due to the high volume of applications received, UN Women can ONLY contact successful candidates.
  • The successful candidate will be required to provide proof of enrollment in a valid health insurance plan at the duty station of the internship, proof of school enrollment or degree, a scanned copy of their passport/national ID and a copy of a valid visa (as applicable). 
  • The internship is full time.


In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, integrity and organizational need.  

If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application.  

UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.  All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.).