Org. Setting and Reporting
These internship opportunities are available in the Civil Society Unit in the NGO Relations, Advocacy & Special Events Section, Outreach Division, Department of Global Communications (DGC). Its duties include connecting the UN with civil society organizations (CSOs) affiliated with DGC and assisting the department in disseminating information about the UN's activities. Through several programs, the Civil Society Unit collaborates with CSOs whose missions align with those of the United Nations. Within the unit, the Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) is responsible for the Call for Participation among Civil Society Entities (not affiliated with the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) who have expertise in the specific, substantive areas of UN conferences, meetings, and events. This exercise entails a multi-step process originating with the adoption of a General Assembly resolution or agreement that includes modalities for civil society participation in a UN high-level meeting or event:
This internship is offered for six months, candidates in-person. The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of the Chief of the Civil Society Unit and Programme Manager of NGLS.
For more information on the Department of Global Communications, please visit https://www.un.org/en/sections/departments/department-global-communications/.
Under the supervision of the Chief in the Civil Society Unit, the incumbent will be responsible for the following functions as a Briefings, Chat Series, and Civil Society Youth Representatives Programme Intern:
• Assists in organizing the DGC Civil Society Unit Briefings, Chat Series, and Youth events online
• Assists in designing event flyers, save the date, and social media cards
• Assists in creating online RSVP forms
• Research focus groups (academia, NGOs, and other CSOs) for outreach and advocacy purposes
• Research possible speakers on set topics
• Work closely with DGC Civil Society Youth Representatives Steering Committee to plan virtual activities and events
• Review and compile information to support the work of the DGC Civil Society Youth Representatives Steering Committee
• Perform other duties as assigned
Under the supervision of the Chief in the Civil Society Unit, the incumbent will be responsible for the following functions as an Association Intern:
• Assist in researching civil society entities, including NGOs, who apply for formal association with DGC
• Compile documents submitted by NGO applicants
• Correspond with NGOs by email and phone on applications for association
• Create NGO profiles for review by the NGO Association team
• Provide a written summary of NGO applicant activities and social media accounts
• Assist in managing the database of NGO applications submitted for the association exercise
• Assist in organizing meetings of the DGC Committee on NGO Association
• Perform other duties as assigned.
Under the supervision of the Programme Manager in the Civil Society Unit, the incumbent will be responsible for the following functions as an NGLS Intern:
• Screen and review NGO registration applications for UN high-level meetings and events supported by NGLS
• Analyze and run data to generate NGO and meeting registration statistics
• Create infographics reports for the events
• Review and compile CSO stories for highlight on the CSU website
• Create social media cards and video content for the events and the CSU online platforms
• Monitor and respond to generic office emails
• Assist with NGLS Annual reports, event planning, and taking meeting notes
• Provide technical support during high-level meetings and events
• Perform other duties as required
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 others 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)
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.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the internship advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.
Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.
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)
• 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 Nations.
Interns will need to provide all necessary hardware (computer), software and internet connection to perform the internship remotely.
This job opening is generic and further notice about any non-selections will not be issued due to the nature of the advertisement.
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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 non-immigrant 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.
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