Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - PUBLIC INFORMATION, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Department of Global Communications
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 11 August 2020 - 30 September 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Public Information-DGC-139280-J-New York (A)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Internship is located in the Sales and Marketing Section (“UN Publications”), Outreach Division of the Department of Global Communications (DGC). The section is seeking suitably qualified interns for the Fall/Winter of 2020, with a projected start date of 1 September 2020. UN internships are for a minimum period of two months and may be extended to a maximum of six months, depending on the needs of DGC and the willingness of applicant.

UN Publications is the official source for United Nations books, journals, and data. All this research is produced by the UN Secretariat Departments, agencies, funds, and programs. We make our publications available through both commercial and free channels to increase the visibility and discoverability of our research and data. We promote the knowledge and work of the UN to scholars, information specialists, policy makers and influencers around the world. We publish some 400-500 new books and reports every year that contain research covering the United Nations’ priorities, such as international peace and security, human rights, sustainable development, climate change, international law and more.

The internship is unpaid and full-time.

Interns work five days a week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the office to which they are assigned.

The candidate will report to the Publishing Officer.


Electronic product development
•Assist in the quality control of the beta version and final version of the new UN iLibrary
•Assist in the quality control of the beta version and final version of the flash drive that accompanies the print version of the ADR (European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road)
•Assist with the research and development of new electronic products created in house.
•Research potential vendors and requirements for these products.
•Proactively contribute suggestions and ideas for new projects that will be developed in house for external audiences.

•Serve as a liaison with authors and author departments across the organization on various production and publishing issues.
•Revise and edit metadata in the department’s title management system on a semi regular basis.
•Build up the publishing program in underserved areas (peacebuilding and peacekeeping, for example) by conducting research online of UN author departments that specialize in this area and identifying new potential titles to formally publish.
•Coordinate work related to the UN Publications Catalogue.
•Conduct online research, download and organize titles for the Official Records project.

•Support the UN’s mobile app program.
•Create a spreadsheet—and update as needed—detailing all products in the UN’s mobile application program.
•Liaise with departments on the various stages of review and requirements and contact them once app is approved for program inclusion.

•Manage the quality control check of publication product pages on the UN’s online bookstore,

•Assist in the creation of a new United Nations Publications Readers Survey for external audiences and a Client Satisfaction Survey internally for author departments across the organization.
•Design and produce presentations and supporting materials to increase UN Publications’ visibility and outreach.
•Assist the office with marketing, social media promotion, and special events as needed.

Perform any other duties as requested by the Supervisor.


-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

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


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 in journalism, communication, media studies, filmmaking, international relations or related field (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;
- Have a 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.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.However, a field of study that is closely related to the type of internship that you are applying for is desirable.


English and French are working languages of the UN Secretariat. Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of the other is desirable.


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

Special Notice

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)
‐ IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
‐ Top three areas of interest/department preferences
‐ 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.

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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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