Org. Setting and Reporting
The Information Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva internship is for a period of three to six months depending on the needs of the service.
The internship is unpaid and full-time.
Interns work five days per week (40 hours) under the primary supervision of the Chief of the Press and External Relations Section, and with the support of the Press Officer working on social media and outreach.
Under the primary supervision of the Chief of the Press External Relations Section, and with the support of the Press Officer working on social media and outreach, the Public Information Intern’s duties will include the following:
¿ Help the Spokesperson/Deputy Spokesperson of the United Nations Office at Geneva prepare for the biweekly press briefings;
¿ Monitor and update fact sheets on current issues, which can be used by the Spokesperson/Deputy Spokesperson at UN Geneva or at UNHQ in New York;
¿ Follow press briefings by the Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General in New York, cross-check information provided by Geneva and New York, and research issues as required;
¿ Attend biweekly press briefings with other UNIS interns; contribute to the preparation of summaries if/when needed; prepare at least five full summaries of the press briefing and receive feedback;
¿ Attend at least five full-day meetings of human rights treaty bodies or the Human Rights Council; prepare at least three press releases and receive feedback;
¿ Attend at least one meeting of the Conference on Disarmament (schedule permitting); prepare a press release and receive feedback;
¿ Draft stories, in English and in French, on events and developments at UN Geneva, to be reviewed, edited and possibly published on iSeek, the UN Intranet;
¿ Take the lead with the daily media monitoring of Swiss newspapers (in French, German, Italian and English), with the help of other UNIS interns;
¿ Assist in the preparation of UNIS contribution to the UN Geneva Annual Report, under the guidance of the Report’s focal person (Associate Public Information Officer, P2)
¿ Contribute to the gathering and creation of social media materials for @UNGeneva Twitter, Facebook and Instagram platforms, and assist the Social Media Intern as needed, for example during live coverage of major events;
¿ Perform administrative tasks such as updating calendar of meetings, drafting letters, translating emails, letters and documents, filing, etc.
¿ Carry out other tasks as requested by the United Nations Information Service.
Communication: Ability to draft clearly and concisely, good written and oral language skills.
Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals.
Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be 'clients' and seeks to see things from client's point of view.
Journalism, communications, literature, or foreign languages; students of international relations or related fields may also be considered.
Must be enrolled in a master’s degree programme or apply within one year of graduation.
Applicants to the UN Internship Programme are not required to have professional work
experience. Are you a student in Bachelor's (final year), Master's or Ph D. Programme or
equivalent, or have you completed a degree and are able to commence an internship within a
year of graduation?
Will you be able to cover the cost of travel, accomodation, health insurance and other living
expenses for the duration of the internship?
Are any of your siblings, children or parents employed by the United Nations Secretariat ?
Are you a student in Bachelor's (final year) Master's or Ph D. Programme or equivalent, or
have you completed a degree and are able to commence an internship within a year of graduation?
Fluency in English and French is needed. Knowledge of other official UN languages, German, and/or Italian, is a plus.
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/have graduating/graduated from the programme?).
IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
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.
Scanned copies of the applicant's valid passport and medical insurance coverage.
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.
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.