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SPSSI United Nations NGO Team

The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) welcomes applications from graduate psychology students to serve as interns with its United Nations NGO Team.

SPSSI is an organization of approximately 3000 social psychologists and allied scientists around the world who are committed to ensuring that public and social policies are informed by sound science. We are accredited as a Non-Governmental Organization in consultative status at the United Nations (UN) with the Department of Public Information (DPI) and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). SPSSI bring psychological knowledge, understanding and perspective to issues on the UN Agenda, including human rights, disaster relief, mental health and psychosocial well-being, education, climate change, environmental justice, poverty/wealth, gender equality, migration, ageing, and sustainable development. Representatives regularly attend committee meetings and work collaboratively with other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) at the UN, UN Agencies, and UN Missions. They function as advocates, researchers, program planners and organizers, and they regularly draft science-based statements for UN conferences and meetings.

Position Description: The position will commence in September 2018 and continues through end of the 2018-2019 academic year.  Interns will learn about the UN system, and will engage with SPSSI UN/NGO representatives, other UN psychologists and other NGO interns on social issues of interest to the UN Community. Like SPSSI UN representatives, SPSSI UN interns serve as non-paid volunteers. Interns are required to attend meetings of the UN/SPSSI team, the planning committee of the annual Psychology Day at the UN, the Psychology Coalition of NGOs accredited at the UN, and of substantive NGO committees; for the most part those meet on Thursdays. Interns also participate in a variety of UN events, and assist in disseminating information about the priorities of the UN to SPSSI members and other psychologists through policy statements, reports, newsletter articles, and presentations.

The ideal candidate:

View the current SPSSI UN/NGO intern team here.

Candidates should submit a letter detailing your interest, a recent CV, a brief writing sample, and the names and contact information of three references to SPSSI’s Executive Director, Anila Balkissoon ( with the words “UN Internship Application” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until June 4, 2018, or until positions are filled.