Org. Setting and Reporting
The internship in the Partnerships Unit, News and Media Division (NMD), Department of Global Communications, is for a minimum of three (3) months, with an opportunity for extension to a maximum of six (6) months, depending on the needs of the department and availability of the intern. The Partnerships Unit is the marketing, promotion, and distribution office for the products and services which NMD produces. This includes placement of UN media products on various media platforms and other outlets both traditional and non-traditional; production and dissemination of promotional materials for NMD products and services; presence at high-level events, conferences, local and international media markets; and analytical and statistical reports on usage of NMD products.
The internship is UNPAID and is full-time.
Interns work for five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of the Chief, Partnerships Unit.
The intern will work in a team-oriented environment to conduct research on various topics related to the marketing and promotion of UN media products and services to world broadcasters and other types of outlets with the objective of bringing more partnerships, especially in but not limited to Arabic-, French- and Spanish-speaking regions. He/She will provide assistance on various projects, from contributing ideas during an initial phase to putting those ideas into action and following up with action plans. The tasks assigned may include:
- Identifying and contacting potential media outlet clients for UN News content and UN Video programmes, and UN Photo images, with the aim of securing broadcast/dissemination partnerships;
- Assisting in identifying and compiling a list of social media influencers interested in helping to amplify UN communication campaign messages;
- Researching and identifying opportunities for strategic partnerships to enlarge the audience for UN-produced media products;
- Assisting in the preparation for special events which may take place during the internship period, including organizing promotional materials for distribution;
- Researching, analyzing, and reporting information on assigned topics/issues from diverse sources;
- Drafting letters and email messages, compiling promotional kits, etc.
-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
-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
1. Applicants must be a student in the final year of the first university degree (bachelor or equivalent), Master’s or Ph.D. Programme or equivalent, or have completed a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PH.D. Programme.
2. Be computer literate in standard word processing and spreadsheets software applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel or similar.
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 interact successfully with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
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.Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge in another UN official language is desirable.
Potential candidates will be contacted by 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)
‐ List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
‐ List your 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 a 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.
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.
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