Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - PUBLIC INFORMATION, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Department of Management
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 28 June 2017 - 27 December 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Public Information-DM-81736-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 Internship is located in the Office of the Under-Secretary for Management, in the Department of Management at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Public Information Intern reports to a Coordination Officer. The internship is for three months initially, with an opportunity for extension, pending on the needs of the department. The internship is unpaid and full-time. The intern is expected to work five days per week (35 hours a week) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which he/she is assigned.


Under the supervision of the Coordination Officer, the Intern will be responsible for:

1. Developing, drafting, revising and updating English language content about the Department of Management, its work, goals and mandates. These may include articles, emails, fact sheets, reports, online and print communication material, website and social media and Intranet based content, presentations and more.
2. Managing multiple deadlines and milestone dates concurrently. Assisting in managing several projects, initiatives and/or events in the area of coordination and communication in the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Management, including but not limited to: the SG Awards, Global Townhall Meetings, Workshops and Events, Video-teleconferences and more.
3. Assisting with Change Management efforts including development of IT-related products aimed at UN Staff such as Business Intelligence reports, instructional materials, or informative messages.
4 .Researching all facts and content vigorously, cross-checking information with other colleagues, teams or offices as required; drafting new content, compiling and presenting information through a variety of communications products/services intended for external audiences and internal staff orientated materials. Proofreading and revising of all DM related communications.
5. Using Adobe Creative Suite or other relevant computer software, assisting in the development of superb, professional visual communication products such as visual illustrations, flyers, web sites, posters, brochures, videos, animations, demos, handouts, articles, etc.

Other possible duties:

• Provide general office support; responds to complex information requests and inquiries; processes, drafts and finalizes correspondence and other communications; sets up and maintains files/records, organizes meetings, monitors deadlines, etc.
• Participate in the planning and coordination of projects and events; liaise with relevant departments/agencies; drafts and edits reports, production schedules, press releases and related texts, and correspondence related to the planning and production of events.
• Perform other duties as assigned.


-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 of the United Nations 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.

Work Experience

The following experience/skills/knowledge will be needed in order to carry out the responsibilities described above:

• Excellent speaking, writing and editing skills in English is mandatory for this internship
• Strong communications experience, abilities and background;
• Experience working on concurrent complex projects and events with multiple deadlines and demands is required.
• Full mastery of all Microsoft Office software is absolutely required (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, others)
• Experience managing websites and/or social media is highly desirable (please list all relevant experiences and tech skills in your application).
• Additional experience in Business Intelligence, reporting and/or web analytics are a significant advantage.
• Graphic Design skills – the applicant must have some knowledge of and ability to design basic visual communication products using the Adobe suite of design software, including InDesign, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Acrobat, Illustrator, Premiere, etc.
• Deep familiarity with web, intranet, social media, content management systems such as Drupal, is highly desirable.


English and French are working languages of the UN Secretariat. Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


Applicants are encouraged to clearly indicate their areas of interests and highlight their specific skills and/or experience in their cover note. They are asked to do so carefully in order to enhance the value of the internship for both themselves and the receiving UN department.

Potential candidates may be contacted by the hiring manager 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:

- A summary of your most relevant professional experience which has prepared you for this internship
- Explain why you are the best candidate for this internship
- Explain your interest in the United Nations in general and any experience with international organizations

In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three personal references (who may be contacted by the hiring manager). Due to the high volume of applications received, only successful candidates will be contacted.

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

No Fee


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