Call for ICP Interns

The International Council of Psychologists (ICP)  is accepting applications for psychology interns to work with ICP’s NGO representatives at the United Nations. This is a volunteer position for graduate students interested in international psychology.  Interns work with the volunteer ICP UN representatives accredited to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to help implement ICP’s mission of promoting psychology as a science and profession that is relevant to the UN’s global agenda.

Tasks include working with the ICP Representatives on NGO Committees and other psychology-related events, and disseminating information about the UN to ICP members and the psychology community more broadly.

Interns will have an opportunity to observe the work of the UN and other NGOs, and to attend UN-NGO committee meetings and other UN-related events.

Responsibilities of the volunteer position include:

  • Attending briefings organized by the UN offices and agencies and writing brief reports of those meetings
  • Meeting regularly with the ICP UN representatives at monthly meetings
  • Participating in regular monthly meetings of the Psychology Coalition at the UN (PCUN), a coalition of psychology organizations at the United Nations
  • Working regularly with ICP UN NGO representatives in information gathering and participating in UN-NGO committee meetings
  • Holding monthly “office hours” (on ZOOM) for discussion about UN events and activities with ICP members
  • Contributing information and short briefs to the ICP quarterly newsletter.

Applicants must be students who will be enrolled full time in a psychology graduate program in 2023-24. Generally, students must be available at least each Thursday during the academic year. Those interns who live in or close to New York City will have the opportunity to attend some meetings in person. Those who do not may attend meetings remotely. The time commitment will depend on interns’ interests and specific assignments, but will average around 3-4 hours per week.

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 members of the International Council of Psychologists (ICP) by the time they begin the internship.

ICP will cover transportation expenses to and from the United Nations for those who live locally and attend in person meetings; dues for NGO work, and ICP dues for the duration of the internship.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted electronically below. Application materials include:  (1) Contact information (2) Your current educational setting and course of study; (3) A statement of interest, including any experience with global issues as reflected in the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs), or international experience; (4) Your CV; and (3) The name and email of one faculty member who will write you a letter of recommendation.

Applications are due October 10, 2023

ICP United Nations Intern Application Form
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Please ask your faculty member to write a letter of recommendation that includes their appraisal of your diplomacy, cultural sensitivity, ability to work independently, and listening, writing and analytic skills. Please ask them to send this letter to with UN INTERN LETTER in the subject line OR to provide it to you so that you can upload it here.
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