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This internship is located in the Strategic Workforce Planning Section (SWPS) and the Staffing Diversity and Outreach Section (SDOS) in the Strategic Talent Management Service (STMS), Global Strategy and Policy Division (GSPD), Office of Human Resources (OHR), Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC).
The internship is for a minimum of two (2) months and may be extended for a period of up to a maximum of six (6) months. The internship is UNPAID and is designed to be in person and full-time at the duty station. Depending on the situation of the successful candidates, the internship may also be conducted remotely and/or in part-time. Interns work up to five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the office to which they are assigned.
This is a generic job opening and early application is advised.
The United Nations is looking for a creative and motivated individual to join our Employer Branding Group and other teams in the Office of Human Resources as a Design Intern in the New York Headquarters. This person will assist with the creation of a wide variety of materials associated with the Organization's global employer marketing campaigns and initiatives, with the opportunity to be involved in all stages of employer marketing content development, from ideation to production.
The Design Intern will get hands-on experience working on designs and layouts for publications, websites, blogs, email campaigns, social media, brochures, presentations, ads, event materials, and other brand enhancing assets. While working on projects, the Design Intern will collaborate with our communications lead, other team leads, as well as members of our social media marketing, event management, digital media and Member State coordination teams. Beyond design experience, they will gain a deeper understanding of the varied disciplines involved in employer marketing campaigns.
Under the supervision of team leaders, the following are examples of the intern's duties:
• Assist with the design and production of graphic solutions that support the Organization's strategic career communications using tools including but not limited to: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Canva and other graphic design applications.
• Participate in the full design workflow process, including: working with team members on concepts, storyboards and design drafts; receiving direction and acting on input from team leads and other senior stakeholders; working with section members on updates and content revisions; preparing finalized layouts for production and distribution across a variety of communication channels; and regrouping to discuss project successes and lessons learned.
• Follow all project work and ensure it adheres to organizational branding and style guidelines, including accessibility guidelines.
• Attend design team briefings and report on workflow and project statuses while taking an active role in project meetings with other team members.
• Opportunities exist to assist with video editing and sound design for digital media projects.
• Maintain an awareness of trends and best practices in graphic design, communications and marketing, and share insights and input on design approaches used in marketing campaigns.
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, the following conditions must be met:
1. Applicants at the time of application must meet one of the following requirements:
a. Be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); 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 Design, Communications, Human Resources, Journalism, International Relations, Public Administration or related field.
2. Be computer literate in standard word processing and software applications. Be proficient in standard office automation equipment scanner, printer, etc. Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite -- InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat -- and Microsoft Office is desirable.
3. Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the United Nations Charter.
4. 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.
5. Have a demonstrated ability to collaborate with team members across multiple disciplines. Have demonstrated creativity and attention to detail. Have a demonstrated ability to organize and multitask in a transformative and innovative workplace. Have a demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently.
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.
Experience with Adobe Premiere and After Effects is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.
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 nonimmigrant 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.
Applicants who are children or siblings of a staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an internship at the United Nations. Applicants who are otherwise related to a staff member may be engaged as interns, provided that they are not assigned to the same work unit as such staff member nor placed under the direct or indirect supervision of such staff member.
Interns may not apply for or be appointed to any position in the Professional or above categories and for positions at the FS-6 and FS-7 levels in the Field Service category during the period of their internship and for the six months immediately following the expiration date thereof.
A completed online application (Cover Letter and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The Cover Letter must include:
•Title of degree you are currently pursuing or title of the degree you have obtained;
•Graduation date (when will you graduate or when did you graduate?);
•List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
•List your top three areas of interest.
•Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship.
•Explanation of your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme;
•Explain your interest in the work of the United Nations and personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter;
•Explain how you have demonstrated an 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.
•Your availability, as we recruit for internships on a rolling basis
In your online 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.
Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.
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.
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.