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Summer Internships from Higher Education Alliance

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – Thursday, July 31, 2014


The HEA Summer Internship Program at various UN missions and NGOs affiliated with the United Nations is a six week-long internship program that gives graduate and advanced undergraduate students the opportunity to gain experience and develop skills to serve them in the pursuit of international careers.

The majority of the internships will be in New York City. Students will be required to follow the rules specified by each internship provider. Every intern will be evaluated by their internship supervisor. Evaluations will then be submitted to Humpty Dumpty to review during the six week period. Students will also be held to a strict code of conduct during the course of their internship. All participants will be presented with a Certificate of Internship Completion at the end of the program and be granted the option to receive with a letter of recommendation based on their performance during the internship. The internships are unpaid but course credit is available, if offered and in coordination with the intern’s academic institution. Students will be given resources to find housing, but are responsible for their own accommodations during the duration of the internship

General Requirements:

  • All applicants must currently be a student in one of the Higher Education Alliance Member institutions.
  • All students must submit a resume, statement of purpose and writing sample.
  • One letter of recommendation from the academic institution applying from.
  • Have demonstrated an interest in international relations, political science, public relations or a related field.

Internships Available

  • The Mission of Dominican Republic to the United Nations, Location: New York City
    • Required: Ability to read and write in Spanish
  • The Mission of Laos to the United Nations, Location: New York City
    • Recommended: Ability to read and write in Lao
  • The Mission of El Salvador to the United Nations, Location: New York City
    • Required: Ability to read and write in Spanish
  • The Mission of Rwanda to the United Nations, Location: New York City
  • The Mission of Jamaica to the United Nations, Location: New York City
  • The Humpty Dumpty Institute, Location: New York City
  • Two and a Half Miles, Location: TBD
    • Two and a Half Miles is an NGO dedicated to supporting and creating a sustainable life for the victims of sex-trafficking.
  • The World Health Organization Roll Back Malaria Program, Location: New York City
    • Required: Students must at least be entering their Senior year of study at an undergraduate institution.
    • Recommended: Public Health and/or Communications Majors. This internship will be working to support the External Communications team on special advocacy events and strategic communications initiatives.
  • United Nations Development Programme, Location: Washington D.C.
    • Humpty Dumpty HEA will give a strong recommendation for qualified HEA graduate students who would like to apply for internships with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Washington D.C. Please refer to their website for requirements and instructions.
    • Please email steve.ginther@thehdi.org if you are going to submit your application. March 31, 2014 is the deadline for summer internships with UNDP. June 30th is the deadline for fall internships with UNDP.
    • The deadline for all other internship opportunities is May 30, 2014.

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For information on how your school can join the HEA, please contact Steve Ginther at 1-212-944-7111 or steve.ginther@thehdi.org