UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Education Intern

This opportunity is a Miller Worley MHConnect internship and is available to Mount Holyoke students only. Lynk funding required.

Location: New York, NY

Position title: Education Intern

Duration: The Education Intern is expected to work 15-20 hours per week from May 2019 through August 2019. Specific start and end dates are flexible.

Description: The SDG Academy is seeking an Education Intern to help facilitate and develop online courses in Sustainable Development, including support for live and on-demand courses and assistance with new content development.

You will play a key role as part of a small team based across New Delhi and New York City that values proactivity and creative thinking to meet our ambitious goals. You will have the opportunity to contribute to our online presence, as well as develop content for our courses. The position requires 15-20 hours/week and most time will be spent at the SDSN offices located at 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY (some remote work may be considered).

Primary responsibilities:

  • Assist in developing and building courses on the online platform, including uploading and formatting content.
  • Create and upload transcripts.
  • Manage course translation workflows.
  • Support teams of Teaching Assistants by answering student emails and facilitating course runs.

Secondary responsibilities:

  • Any additional requests made by the Education Management Team.

About the Sustainable Development Solutions Network

The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has been operating since 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. SDSN mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.

We aim to accelerate joint learning and promote integrated approaches that address the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting the world. The SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, academia and civil society.

About the SDG Academy

The SDG Academy is the flagship education initiative of the SDSN, with the mandate of creating and curating the best available online educational content on sustainable development and making it available as a global public good. The Academy brings together the world’s foremost experts on sustainable development, from fields as varied as early childhood development, public health, food systems, and macroeconomics – to offer a comprehensive core curriculum around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), equipping the next generation of sustainable development practitioners to take on the complex challenges facing our planet. The SDG Academy is hosted by the SDSN Association, a 501(c)3 organization based in New York.

For more information, visit the Sustainable Development Solutions Network.


  • Some experience with education or pedagogy, particularly online courses or e-learning.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Some experience with content and/or learning management systems.
  • Knowledge of sustainable development, international affairs, or other relevant content area.
  • At least 1-2 semesters of an undergraduate degree program already complete.

Preferred characteristics:

  • A declared major in international or sustainable development, or education.

Application Instructions

Students must apply to this position through Handshake by March 6, 2020, but must complete Step 1 of the Lynk UAF application by February 21, 2020 at 5pm.

In your cover letter, please discuss both the experience you bring to the internship and the skills and experience you hope to gain (in no more than a page). Please also list contact information for two references that can speak to your work or school experience.