Bilingual Web Intern
New York City (United States of America)
Unit/Project BackgroundUnder the direct supervision and guidance of Web Editor, the intern will assist the Communications & Advocacy Section in posting, researching, editing and drafting content for the UN Women global website. A work plan with achievements for the duration of the Internship and learning opportunities will be agreed upon. This internship can be extended up to six months.
UN Women BackgroundUN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Web production and outreach
- The intern will post content, including photos and other media on UN Women global websites
- The intern will identify, in collaboration with the team, external blogs and platforms to cross-post and distribute content
- The intern will assist in repurposing and cross-posting content on external blogs and platforms
- The intern will maintain a database of stories published by UN Women and assist with identifying and cross promoting content from UN Women regional and country websites
- Editorial assistance
- The intern will assist with editing, proof reading and drafting content for the website as needed
- The intern will assist with coordination of translation of content
- The intern will support editorial/web production for special events and key occasions, such as International Days and key events at the UN, through research, drafting of blurbs and other content
- The intern will assist with attending events, as and when needed, that take place at the UN/UN Women and draft news content
- Other tasks as requested by the Editorial team
- Knowledge of and interest in web writing, web publishing and working in communications.
- Strong writing and editing skills, attention to spelling and ability to follow style guides.
- Proficiency in using new technologies, content management systems and web-based platforms. Knowledge of HTML, other scripts and web design are a plus.
- Fluency in English. Preference will be given to candidates also fluent in French and/or Spanish.
- Familiarity with women’s rights issues or international development/relations.
- This position requires, and will build on, the following competencies: communications, teamwork, planning and organizing, creativity and technological awareness.
- We seek self-starters and team players, who are able to balance multiple responsibilities and work well within a team
Core Values and Guiding Principles:
- Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
- Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.
Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:
- Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff.
Ethics and Values:
- Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.
- Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.
Development and Innovation:
- Take charge of self-development and take initiative.
Work in teams:
- Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
Communicating and Information Sharing:
- Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.
Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:
- Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards other.
- Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.
Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing:
- Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.
Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:
- Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.
Required Skills and Experience
- The intern must have studied in Journalism or Communications or other similar subject at the university level.
- The intern must either be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher), enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent) or has graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.
- Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required; Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish is preferred.
Interns are not financially remunerated by UN Women.
Please submit the following documents by 20 September 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- UN Women Internship Programme Application Form, available here
- Cover letter
- 2 writing samples (ideally on women’s issues)
- 2 letters of recommendation
Once the candidate has been selected, the following additional documents need to be submitted:
- Letter of enrollment from school/ college
- Scanned visa document/scanned passport document if no visa is required
- Scanned medical insurance document
- UN Women will only be able to respond to those applications in which there is further interest.
- Selected applicants must provide the internship application, two letters of recommendation, proof of health insurance and school enrollment, passport, and visa (if applicable)
In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender.