Internship on Communication

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Grade: Internship

Publication date: 03 May 2023
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 17 May 2023

Vacancy no.:

Job ID: [[10692]]

Department: [[Enterprises]]
Organization Unit: [[COOP]]
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration of contract: 3 to 6 months (starting on the 1st or the 15th of a given month)

You are applying to the ILO generic internship roster, which is published several times per year. The roster will be made available to all departments and field offices, which will then select and directly contact suitable candidates. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, the ILO does not inform candidates about the status of their application.

ILO Internship Programme provides an opportunity for talented individuals to:

(a) increase understanding of relevant issues at the international level by involving them directly in the work of the Office and the application of ILO principles, programmes and strategies;

(b) gain practical experience with the ILO directly related to their field of study.

The internship programme is not intended to lead to a career in the ILO. There should be no expectation of further employment at the end of the internship.

**Please note that you can apply to a maximum of three internship profiles during the current application period. If you apply to more than three internship profiles, your application will not be considered for any profile.** Note that you may withdraw your candidature at any time via the Jobs Applied section of your profile.

It is highly recommended that you submit your application as soon as possible to avoid last minute technical issues or delays. Late applications will not be considered.

The ILO values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, particularly those with disabilities and from non- or under- represented member States. If needed, reasonable accommodation will be provided to those with disabilities in the recruitment phase as well as during the internship to promote equality of opportunities. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to

Please only apply for an internship if you fulfil the following two criteria:

(1) You have no close relative serving in the ILO.

(2) This is your first internship with the ILO (only one internship is permitted).

Please note that in the context of the new ILO organigram, the naming of the departments may be subject to change.


The position is located in the Cooperatives Unit (COOP) within the Enterprises Department (ENTERPRISES). ENTERPRISES contributes to the overall ILO mission of creating decent work for all through the promotion of sustainable enterprises of all types and sizes. COOP is responsible for ILO activities on cooperatives and wider social and solidarity economy (SSE). It works to harness the positive impact of SSE entities in advancing social justice and decent work.
The Unit serves the ILO constituents on the SSE using a three-pronged strategy as follows: advancing the SSE, as an economically, socially and environmentally responsible and viable option; encouraging the integration of decent work and social justice as a priority in the SSE entities; and ensuring that specificities of SSE entities are recognized in analysis, policy, and actions toward achieving decent work, and sustainable development.
The 110th session of the International Labour Conference (ILC) in June 2022 held a general discussion on decent work and the social and solidarity economy. The general discussion led to the adoption of a resolution concerning decent work and the SSE. In follow up to the ILC, the Office developed a seven-year Office-wide Strategy and Action Plan (SAP) on Decent Work and the SSE to give effect to the resolution. The SAP was presented at and adopted by the 346th Governing Body. Its implementation is coordinated by COOP and will guide the work of the Unit from 2023-2029.
The ILO works in partnership with the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA), the representative world body of cooperatives, and is a current chair of the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC), an interagency committee which promotes sustainable cooperative development, and a current chair of the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE). The ILO also collaborates with cooperative development agencies and training institutions from around the world.

Key audience of ILO COOP communications include the following, so that they are aware of latest offerings and initiatives of ILO COOP and take those into account in their projects concerning cooperatives and the wider SSE.

โ€ข ILO staff (HQ & Field offices)
โ€ข ILO constituents
โ€ข Cooperatives and SSE entities and their organizations
โ€ข Wider UN organizations and international development community

Learning areas


The intern will gain experience in the fields of communications, advocacy and visibility. The intern will provide communications support for ILO COOP to inform and orient the ILO constituents, cooperatives and wider SSE organizations about the ILC resolution and the follow up strategy and action plan. S/he will help with the communications around the UN resolution on the SSE.

๐Ÿ“š ๐——๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—š๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ฎ ๐—๐—ผ๐—ฏ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—จ๐—ก ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ! ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿค ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ก๐—˜๐—ช ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐˜๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—š๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—จ๐—ก ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—จ๐—ก๐—›๐—–๐—ฅ, ๐—ช๐—™๐—ฃ, ๐—จ๐—ก๐—œ๐—–๐—˜๐—™, ๐—จ๐—ก๐——๐—ฆ๐—ฆ, ๐—จ๐—ก๐—™๐—ฃ๐—”, ๐—œ๐—ข๐—  ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€! ๐ŸŒ

โš ๏ธ ๐‚๐ก๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐‹๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž ๐๐จ๐ฐ: ๐๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ ๐“๐ž๐œ๐ก๐ง๐ข๐ช๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐š ๐ฃ๐จ๐› ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐”๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐๐Ž๐–!

Working Relationship:

The intern will carry out full-time tasks under supervision and receive guidance from the ILO COOP Manager with support from members of the ILO COOP staff.


โ€ข Assist in the preparation of information materials such as press kits, press releases, fact
sheets, data cards, and brochures for the media and other audiences such as donors, constituents and SSE practitioners;
โ€ข Draft and edit contents for the website, newsletter and project flyers including researching information for presentations, statements, and information products;
โ€ข Support the development and design of digital, web content, and materials for print;
โ€ข Disseminate contents through social media channels (e.g. @coopsemploy on twitter);
โ€ข Support in design, creation of text and editing videos;
โ€ข Assist in developing and implementing communications campaigns;
โ€ข Support the organization of online events and webinars and prepare reports;
โ€ข Prepare or improve presentationsโ€™ quality aligned with ILO Brand Guidelines;
โ€ข Contribute ideas to strengthen communications and visibility of activities undertaken by ILO COOP;
โ€ข Review and provide edits and comments on documents from development cooperation (DC) projects;
โ€ข Support formatting of training tools in Word version;
โ€ข Perform other related tasks, as may be requested.

Required profile


Degree in the field of mass communications, media relations, journalism, social science, development economics/studies, international relations, or other relevant disciplines


Any previous work experience in the field of media relations, journalism and/or communications
Knowledge and experience of working with the ILO and/or international organizations is an asset
Any experience of working on the development of cooperatives and wider SSE would be anadvantage


โ€ข Excellent command of English
โ€ข Working (both oral and written) knowledge of French and/or Spanish would be an asset


โ€ข Outstanding communication, networking and negotiation skills
โ€ข Strong writing, editing and proofreading skills, as well as organizational skills and attention to details
โ€ข Excellent command of Microsoft Office
โ€ข Intermediate Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator) skills
โ€ข Strong understanding of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and related apps) management and campaign development (i.e. Adestra)
โ€ข Experience in video editing on YouTube
โ€ข Ability to assist in developing public information/ communication products focusing on advocacy, visibility and outreach activities
โ€ข Ability to demonstrate initiative and to work independently and as well as a member of a team to meet programme needs
โ€ข Adaptability to an international, multicultural and multilingual environment

How to apply:

1. Search for an internship profile via the page on ILO Jobs

2. Select the internship profile you would like to apply for, and create a profile on ILO Jobs

3. Complete your candidate profile and apply to the internship profile

4. Be sure to attach a cover letter in the last section of the application, as applications without a cover letter will not be considered and you cannot attach a cover letter after the deadline.

Selection process:

Following a first screening by the Human Resources Development Department (HRD), hiring departments will short-list applicants. You will be directly contacted should an internship opportunity match your profile. If you have not been contacted by any department within six months after your application, you can consider that you have not been selected by any department for this roster. If still eligible, you may apply to the next roster.

If shortlisted, you may be contacted by the hiring department for a written test and/or interview. The ILO may use communication technologies such as Skype, Video or teleconference, e-mail, etc for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.


As an intern in Geneva, you will receive a stipend of 2450 CHF per month from the ILO, unless you receive funding through another institution (for example your university or a foundation). If you receive partial funding, ILO will cover the difference to ensure you receive 2450 CHF per month. Your travel to Geneva will be at your own expense.
In addition to the amounts referred above, each intern shall receive the amount of CHF45 per month, or the equivalent amount in the currency in which the monthly stipend is paid, which is a contribution from the Office towards the cost of medical insurance to cover the period of the internship.


Please note that the ILO does not take responsibility for any costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the internship. You will be responsible for your own insurance coverage for illness and accidents for the duration of the internship at the duty station (whether Geneva or the field).

Fraud warning:

The ILO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process whether at the application, interview, processing or training stage. Messages originating from a non ILO e-mail account - - should be disregarded. In addition, the ILO does not require or need to know any information relating to the bank account details of applicants.

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