INTERN - PUBLIC INFORMATION - UNTV and Radio Section
The Information Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva internship is for a period of three to six months depending on the needs of the service.
The internship is unpaid and full-time.
The position is located in the TV and Radio Section of the United Nations Information Service in Geneva, under the overall supervision of the Chief Radio and TV. Daily tasking on news and content production issues takes place under the guidance and supervision of one of the Section’s News/Features/Multimedia content Producers.
Within delegated authority, the intern will be responsible for the following duties:
Support UNTV and UN News/Multimedia content producers with research on newsworthy events at the United Nations/Palais des Nations and more broadly in International Geneva; organise interviews for UNTV productions, spots and series (SDG Studio, “Geneva Witness” or other features, anniversaries/campaigns, etc.), and other video content as required. Under the guidance of a producer the interview may coordinate with interviewees, help conduct interviews, edit clips, and liaise UN Geneva social media focal point for distribution.
Support Chief of Section in drafting proposals, collecting and presenting data, organizing meetings, coordinating follow-up.
Attend UN Geneva press briefings and produce media content – under the supervision and guidance of a UN producer -- by editing news clips, compiling shotlists and assisting in the production of transcripts, subtitles and/or storylines on tight deadlines.
Pre-edit newsworthy coverage of press conferences, stakeouts, events and conferences at the Palais des Nations for web, broadcast or social media distribution, under the guidance of (and for approval by) a producer.
Support the section’s work with research, presentations material, data input, and perform other tasks as required by the Chief of Section.
Communication: Ability to draft clearly and concisely, good written and oral language skills.
Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals.
Planning and Organizing: Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; uses time efficiently.
A first university degree in journalism, communications, international relations, history or related field.
Applicants to the UN Internship Programme are not required to have professional work experience. However, the field of study should be closely related to the type of internship you are applying for is required.
Please explain how your experience meets this criterion using examples.
Please see the following webcast of a Press Briefing at the UN in Geneva:
You may also use the following summary (In English) of the Press Briefing to guide you:
Can you please pick one headline from this summary, and write a 200 word story about it in journalistic style (in English or French)?
Giving at least one concrete example from an information medium that you follow, please outline your thoughts about media coverage of an international crisis or development challenge.
Fluency in either English or French (oral and written) is required, with working knowledge of the other language desirable.
Completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required.
Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The Cover Note must include:
Title of degree you are currently pursuing.
Graduation Date (When will you be/have graduating/graduated from the programme?).
IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
Top three areas of interest.
Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship. Explain your interest in
the United Nations Internship Programme.
Scanned copies of the applicant's valid passport and medical insurance coverage.
In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills,
and three references.
Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.
The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.
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