Org. Setting and Reporting
The global network of United Nations Information Centres (UNICs) is part of the Strategic Communications Division of the Department of Global Communications. It is key to the Organization’s ability to reach the peoples of the world and to share the United Nations story with them in their own languages. These centres, working in coordination with the UN system, reach out to the media and educational institutions, engage in partnerships with governments, local civil society organizations and the private sector, and maintain libraries and electronic information resources.
Just as UNICs are the principal sources of information about the United Nations system in the countries where they are located, they are also responsible for promoting greater public understanding of and support for the aims and activities of the United Nations by disseminating information on the work of the Organization to people everywhere, especially in developing countries.
This internship is located in the United Nations Information Centre UNIC Bogota in Bogota city, and is offered for an initial period of two months, with an opportunity for extension up to, but not exceeding, six months, pending on the needs of the department.
The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision and support of a staff member from the office to which they are assigned.
Under the guidance of the National Information Officer, the Intern must perform the following activities: Monitor the media for news stories of interest to the UNIC, Research, draft and/or update on-line content for the UN website and social media accounts in Colombia, with guidance from subject matter experts and relevant substantive focal points, Assist on media outreach, e.g distribution of press releases and other information materials to mass media and civil society organizations, Record video/radio interviews with UN agency spokespersons, local and national authorities, local communities, NGO Staff and Government Officials, Organize and maintain records of interview subjects and preparing material for final radio production following the storyboard.
The intern will be guided by the National Information Officer in performing the following activities: Determine and arrange all content, subject interviews, dates, times and locations, Provide all post-production supports, editing, mixing, transitions, etc, Collaborate with UNIC staff and UN sister agencies to ensure proper oversight and supervision of all editorial decisions in production;
Assist in organising activities for the UN Day and other Observances, Provide general office support (e.g. processing correspondence, maintaining files, records, and/or databases, organising meetings, taking meeting minutes, etc.), Produce journalistic content and news stories.
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 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- Identities 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.
Please note that to qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants 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)
Applicants must also:
- 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 UN Charter
-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.
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.
- Fluency in English and Spanish is required for the internship.
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
- Please include any experience in managing social media networks (twitter, facebook Instagram)
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)
• 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.
Applicants who are children or siblings of a staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an internship at the United
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.
Interns will need to provide all necessary hardware (computer), software and internet connection to perform the
At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of
securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All
employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is
committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs
staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities.
Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment
process when requested and indicated in the application.
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 nonimmigrant
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.
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.
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.
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