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  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2018-11-05

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Social Media Intern

New York City (United States of America)


UN 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. Placing women's rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world.

The Communications section at UN Women Headquarters in New York supports the positioning of women’s empowerment and gender equality as key issues on the international agenda and establishes UN Women’s role as the global authority in this context. This entails developing and promoting high-quality content, communicate about UN Women’s work through digital and social media and engage a global audience online. The Communications Section seeks to enlist a full-time intern to support with social media outreach.

The intern will assist the Social Media Manager in drafting messages for Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, engaging UN Women’s social media audience, pinning photos on Pinterest, and monitoring all social media accounts.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Social Media Manager, the intern will specifically be responsible for the following:

  • Drafting messages for @UN_Women, @SayNO_UNiTE,, and other accounts:
    • Based on the media clippings, select the most interesting content, prepare draft tweets and schedule them for approval via HootSuite.
    • Research additional content on women’s empowerment and gender equality and schedule tweets via HootSuite.
    • Research interesting posts from partners and schedule retweets via HootSuite.
    • Actively expand the network of followers.
  • Cross-post selected Facebook content on LinkedIn.
  • Research strong photos for the UN Women Pinterest account and pin them.
  • Cross-post strong images on the Say NO – UNiTE Instagram account.
  • Monitor social media accounts:
    • Monitor mentions for retweeting.
    • Monitor the social media accounts for questions, and flag them to the Social Media Manager.
    • Monitor the social media accounts for negative comments, and flag them to the Social Media Manager.
  • Create simple visual assets (quote cards, GIFs etc.).
  • Support the Social Media Manager during Facebook Live events.
  • Support live tweeting from events.
  • Support preparations for social media outreach and implementation for International Women’s Day and the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).
  • Support social media engagement and Facebook Live interviews during the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).
  • Other tasks as requested by the Communications Team.


  • Experience in communications.
  • Proficient in using new technologies, web-based platforms and social media networks.
  • Familiar with women’s rights issues or international development/relations.
  • Self-starter; organized; able to multitask and balance multiple responsibilities.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Must be enrolled in the final year of a Bachelor, or in a Masters degree programme, or be a recent graduate.
  • Must have valid work permission for the United States of America.
  • Fluent in English; Spanish or French are a plus.

Interns are not financially remunerated by UN Women.

Application process:

Please upload the following as ONE single document (print out the separate documents if needed), and scan as one single PDF in the following order:

  1. Internship Programme Application Form [please do not hand-write the answers]
  2. Resume
  3. Cover letter
  4. 2 letters of recommendation

  Once the candidate has been selected, the following additional documents need to be submitted:

  • Letter of enrollment from school or diploma, if recent graduate
  • Scanned visa document/scanned passport document if no visa is required
  • Scanned medical insurance document
  • Signed internship agreement

UN Women will only be able to respond to those applications in which there is further interest.

UN Women Internship Policy:

  • Applicants to the United Nations internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent) or;
  • Have graduated with a university degree (as above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within one year.
  • UN Women internship programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship;
  • All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring Government or institution;
  • UN Women accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
  • The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;
  • The intern must provide proof of enrollment in a health insurance plan, proof of school enrollment, a scanned copy of his/her passport, two letters of recommendation, and application.
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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
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Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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