Call for Applications: Psychology Graduate Student Interns at the United Nations

APA is accepting applications for psychology graduate student interns to work with APA's NGO representatives at the United Nations. This is a volunteer position for graduate students interested in international psychology. Interns work with the volunteer APA U.N. representatives accredited to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and to the Department of Information (DPI) to help implement APA’s mission of promoting psychology as a science and profession that is relevant to the UN's global agenda. This involves assisting the APA U.N. representatives with organizing events such as Psychology Day, and working with them on NGO committees and other psychology-related events. Interns will have a U.N. grounds pass and will have an opportunity to observe the work of the U.N. and other NGOs.

Application cycle has now closed. 

Responsibilities of the Volunteer Position (September-June) 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 10 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 September 2015 through June 2016. Students must be available at least each Thursday during this period and must 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. In addition, interns must be student members of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) by the time they begin the internship in the September. Interns will be reimbursed for incurred transportation costs to the United Nations headquarters up to $200.

How to Apply:

Applications must be submitted electronically to the APA main representative to the U.N. Janet Sigal. An application must include:

  1. A statement of interest.

  2. Your CV.

  3. 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.InternAPP2014 — to: Janet 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

Contact address

Email address

Phone number

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.

III. Recommendation

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 Janet Sigal.