Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative Intern

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)
Geneva, Switzerland
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International Organization
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is a strategic public-private partnership between UN Environment and the global financial sector. UNEP FI works with approximately 220 financial institutions, which are signatories to the UNEP FI Statements of Environmental Commitment, and a range of partners and organisations, to develop and promote linkages between the environment, sustainability and financial performance. 

The Principles for Sustainable Insurance (“the Principles” or “PSI”) were launched at the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (“Rio+20”). Developed by UNEP FI through a six-year global process, the four Principles are a framework for the global insurance industry to address environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities. They represent a global roadmap for the insurance industry’s role in sustainable development. Endorsed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Principles have quickly led to the largest collaborative initiative between the United Nations and the insurance industry—the PSI Initiative. Close to 70 insurance organisations worldwide, including insurers representing more than 10% of world premium volume and USD 6 trillion in assets, have adopted the Principles. The vision of the PSI Initiative is of a risk aware world, where the insurance industry is trusted and plays its full role in enabling a healthy, safe, resilient and sustainable society. Its purpose is to enable the global insurance industry to better understand, prevent and reduce environmental, social and governance risks, and better manage opportunities to provide quality and reliable risk protection. 

The UNEP Finance Initiative internship is for six months. 

The Internship is UNPAID and full-time.

Interns work five days per week (40 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.


Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual's background; the intern's assigned office as well as the internship period.

Under the Supervision of Programme Officer:

The intern would be part of UNEP FI’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance initiative (PSI). As such, depending on skills, background and preferences, he or she would:
-Support with communication with our insurance members as well as various external stakeholders
-Carry out research on sustainable insurance topics
-Support the project management of UNEP FI’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance initiative (PSI), as well as current pilot on forward-looking assessment of climate-related risks and opportunities
-Support the organization of events, both logistically and in terms of content
-Keep the Principles for Sustainable Insurance initiative (PSI) web-presence up to date
-Participate in meetings and calls with insurance members as well as experts and external stakeholders
-Assist with other tasks as relevant
-Work on topics of own interest


Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Client orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
a. Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
b. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent);
c. Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.

Be computer literate in standard software applications.

Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; 

Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Relevant experience and studies in finance, insurance, economics, sustainable development, communications, environmental sciences and/or international relations/affairs.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN Language is desirable.


Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.

Special Notice

Your application for this internship must include:
1. A Completed application (Personal History Profile) and Cover Note, through the UN careers Portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. 

The Cover Note must include:
- Title of the degree you are currently pursuing
- Graduation Date
- IT skills and programmes you are proficient in 
- Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship

Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme, ensure to include all past work experience (if any).

2. Proof of enrollment from current University (if not graduated).

3. A copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated).