Intern - Public Information, New York (I-1)

  • Added Date: Saturday, 14 May 2016
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 21 July 2016

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Department/ Office: Department of Peacekeeping Operations

Duty Station: NEW YORK

Posting Period: 1 October 2014-21 July 2016

Job Opening number: 14-PUB-DPKO-37793-R-NEW YORK

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

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: Degree Programme (What are you currently studying?)
  • Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?)
  • 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.
  • Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.
  • 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.

Organizational Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Public Information Section of the UNMAS, Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) within the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO).

The Public Information Section of Mine Action Service Internship is for six months. The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.


Duties may include, but are not limited to: - Assist in monitoring media coverage of mine action and international relations issues.

  • Distribute relevant articles to key UN staff.
  • Assist with media outreach and events.
  • Assist in UNMAS advocacy and outreach activities to internal and external audiences.
  • Research, compile, draft and edit basic information for use in the preparation and production of public information materials, including website content.
  • Assist with the maintenance and help develop UNMAS Social Media tools (Twitter, Facebook, Google +, etc.).
  • Assist in liaison with public information focal points in UNMAS field programmes specifically related to generating multimedia public information materials.
  • Assist in the preparation of outreach material such as talking points, correspondence and presentations.
  • Administrative duties, such as organization of events, website management and stocking and mailing public information materials, may constitute 50% of the intern's workload depending on ongoing activities at UNMAS.
  • 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, 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 (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; 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

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme. Interest and experience in communications preferred. Familiarity with and/or interest in taking digital photographs and familiarity with Adobe Photoshop (or other graphic design programme) is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of French or Arabic is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

United Nations Considerations

Job openings posted on the Careers Portal are taken off at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

Applications are automatically pre-screened according to the published evaluation criteria of the job opening on the basis of the information provided by applicants. Applications cannot be amended following submission and incomplete applications shall not be considered. The selected candidate will be subject to a reference checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on 'The Application Process' and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on 'Manuals' on the upper right side of the browser on Inspira.

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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