Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - GRAPHIC DESIGN, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Department of Global Communications
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 03 May 2022 - 31 December 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Public Information-DGC-179835-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

This position is located in the United Against Racism Team with the Department of Global Communications (DGC) and the Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC), in New York. The intern will report to the Senior Programme Management Officer through the Communications and Engagement Officer.

In February 2022, the Secretary-General launched a Strategic Action Plan on Addressing Racism and Promoting Dignity for All at the United Nation Secretariat. The action plan, by extension, aims to address discrimination in all its forms in the Secretariat and bring about cultural change that will transform the Organization into a workplace where discrimination is actively addressed, where there is accountability, and where it provides a dignified workplace for all and ensures that everyone has an equal opportunity to participate in the work of the United Nations, and the that Organization benefits from the diverse perspectives, skills and life experiences of its personnel.

A key component of the action plan is to raise awareness and knowledge on how discrimination manifests itself in the Organization and what personnel can do to address it and facilitate diversity, equity and inclusion. The Graphic Design Intern will help ideate and evolve the UAR brand and design diverse media, assets and collaterals including print and digital.

The internship will normally be for a duration of six months. All interested and qualified applicants who can start the internship between May 2022 and June 2022 are encouraged to apply with a specific reference to the preferred dates of internship in the cover letter.

The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours).


Under the supervision and guidance of the Communications and Engagement Officer, specific tasks may include:

Participation in the strategic briefing and creative ideation process, bringing new ideas to the table while offering a
fresh perspective design themes and concepts.
Develop branding materials, including infographics, data visualizations, brochures, posters, banners, invitations,
flyers, logos, and designs and awareness and learning materials as needed.
Create design collaterals and assets on awareness and learning and digital platforms, including social media and
Create graphically engaging presentations and materials.
Build repostitories for images and/or gifs and videos for communications activities and assist in maintaining graphics
and photo databases.
Participate in organizing and/or setting up for any special events as necessary.
The role will also collaborate with other members of the Organization to ensure synergy across departments and
Support the formatting and design of documents in word, PowerPoint, and excel.
Perform other duties as necessary.


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.


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
As per the provisions of ST/AI/2020/1, applicants to the United Nations internship
programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

(a) Must be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) in Graphic Design, Media, Visual Arts and other related fields; or

(b) Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent) in Graphic Design, Media, Visual Arts and other related fields.

The candidates must have great attention to details, deadline oriented and a cooperative attitude and the ability to work as part of a team. The candidates should also be computer literate in standard software applications, including familiarity with content management systems, graphic design and photo editing software applications (Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop) and Microsoft Office. They should also 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 demonstrated the ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Work Experience

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. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.


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

Special Notice

Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions. For internships in the United States of America, interns who are not United States citizens, permanent residents or not currently in the United States on a non-immigrant visa status will be required to obtain a G-4 visa. If already in the United States of America on another non-immigrant visa status other than G-4, interns will be responsible for ensuring that they have a valid visa, and if required, employment authorization, allowing them to undertake the internship.

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.

A complete 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 or the title of the degree you have obtained;
-Graduation Date (When will you be/have graduating/graduated from the programme?);
-List the Graphic Design skills and programmes that you are proficient in;
-Explain why you are the best candidate for that specific department;
-Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme;
-Include a link to no more than 10 design samples/portfolio

In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills and three references.

Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

Applicants who are children or siblings of a staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an internship at the United Nations.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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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