The Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)/ Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) internship is for a minimum of two months with an opportunity for extension to a maximum of six months. The internship is unpaid and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned. The interns will gain first-hand experience with regard to the United Nations Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) of UNDESA's activities in the area of public information and media relations. They will also gain a greater understanding of how the DSPD/DESA, in particular the Civil Society and Outreach Unit (CSOU) works and its range of activities.
The intern will assist the Civil Society and Outreach Unit of DSPD/DESA in its internal and external communication outreach efforts, which include the following:
- Produce multimedia news content (event coverage, interviews, video messages, etc.) for the web portal and social media networks;
- Attend events/meetings/seminars and provide in-depth insights about the results through writing, editing and publishing news stories and articles;
- Draft and update online content for the web portal and social media networks including preparing engaging entries for social media platforms;
- Provide assistance in preparing public information materials, including presentations, event concept notes, flyers and video production coordinating with Outreach Focal Points;
- Research and monitor a wide range of UN developments and news sources, including press releases, statements, news conferences, briefings and meetings related to social development issues;
- Monitor social media activities to ensure effective engagement with audiences;
- Track various knowledge sharing mechanisms, such as online knowledge sharing platforms, internal communication groups, topical conferences, etc., and report on key developments, news or events relevant to DSPD
- Monitor the impact of online content including recommendation on the development and use of new tools to attract new fans;
- Evaluate results and impact of communications activities;
- Perform other related duties as required.
？ 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
？ 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
The intern is expected to:
- Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
- 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.
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
- Applicants must 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 programme (minimum Bachelor ’ s level or equivalent); or
(c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation;
- Be computer literate in standard software applications.
No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the Internship Programme. Knowledge of French, Arabic or Russia is an asset.
Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly for further consideration.
A 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 graduating from the programme)
？ Multimedia production skills that you are proficient in (such as audio, video production and graphic design)
？ Explain your experience writing for websites and social media platforms
？ Explain why you are the best candidate for that specific department(s).
？ Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme
In your 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 contacted.
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship.