Call for Applications: Psychology Graduate Student Interns at the United Nations
Applications for the Sept. 2013-June 2014 internships are now closed.
The American Psychological Association (APA) is accepting applications for psychology graduate student interns to work with APA's NGO at the United Nations. This is a volunteer position for graduate students interested in international psychology. Interns work with the volunteer APA U.N. team to help implement the team's mission of promoting psychology as a science and profession that is relevant to the U.N.'s global agenda. This involves assisting the APA U.N. team with organizing events such as Psychology Day, International Day of Older Persons and other psychology-related events. Interns will have U.N.-NGO security badges and will have an opportunity to observe the work of the U.N. and its NGOs.
Responsibilities of the Volunteer Position Include:
Attending briefings organized by the U.N. Department of Public Information on Thursday mornings.
Meeting with the APA U.N. team at its Thursday monthly meetings.
Participating in Thursday planning meetings for Psychology Day at the U.N.
Working about ten hours a week with APA U.N. NGO team member in information gathering and participating in U.N.-NGO committee meetings.
Applicants must be students who will be enrolled full time in a psychology graduate program from Sept. 2013 through June 2014. Students must be available at least each Thursday during this period and live in or close to New York City so that transportation to and from the U.N. is reasonable and manageable. Interns are expected to be culturally competent, to have a diplomatic personal style and to have excellent writing and communication skills, as well as the ability to work collaboratively with peers, senior psychologists and others.
How to Apply
Applications must be submitted electronically to the APA Main Representative at the U.N., Dr. Janet Sigal. An application must include:
A statement of interest;
Your CV; and
One letter of recommendation from a current or recent graduate faculty member.
All of this information must be in one Microsoft WORD document or PDF and submitted using this file name — YOUR LAST NAME.InternAPP2013 — to Dr. Sigal. Use this heading in the subject line: "APA UN INTERN APPLICATION — Your last name."
Follow this format and begin each section of the application on a separate page:
I. Statement of Interest for (YOUR NAME) Date:
A. Your LAST NAME, First Name
B. Your current educational setting and course of study
C. A brief statement of your interest in the position. In particular, describe any relevant international and/or culturally relevant experience with diversity.
II. Curriculum Vitae
A. Your CV should include the name and contact information for your recommender.
A. A letter of recommendation from a faculty member with whom you have had at least one semester of recent contact.
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Dr. Sigal.