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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Closing Date: 2019-02-15

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UNDP Social Media Internship

New York City (United States of America)


The Lion’s Share is an innovative wildlife conservation and animal welfare fund initiated by the private sector and UNDP. The initiative is to be capitalized by funds collected from advertisers when images or footage of animals are used in advertisements. In joining The Lion’s Share, an advertiser commits to donate 0.5% of the media spend on their advertisements that feature animals. The funds will be collected by The Lion’s Share Fund and then disbursed globally to have the maximum impact on animal conservation, biodiversity and animal welfare, and help advance the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Lion’s Share initiative was announced at the Cannes Lion’s International Festival of Creativity in June 2018. The Lion’s Share was launched at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City during the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2018.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Engagement and Partnership Manager in UNDP's Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy, the intern will specifically be required to: 

Social Media

  • Collect, organize in central location, and prepare for optimal social media presentation: stories and other content, photos and other assets from The Lion’s Share events, projects, partnerships and other developments.
  • Draft and prepare engaging content and schedule posts for The Lion’s Share’s social media accounts, e.g., Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
  • Provide support to drafting news stories and updates.
  • Provide support in designing and producing multi-media graphics.
  • Manage and engage with The Lion's Share community / audience on its social media platforms. Monitor & report risks to supervisor.
  • Update influencer lists and other relevant lists and assist in the creation of editorial workplan calendars, and marketing research.
  • Assist with data extraction and compilation of marketing analysis reports of The Lion's Share social media accounts.
  • Assist in live coverage of global events.

The intern may also be requested to assist with additional research and administrative tasks:

  • Research private sector and specific company environmental initiatives, marketing data and other needed information.
  • Undertake research on evolving private sector motivations, individuals, marketing campaigns and related events.
  • Provide administrative support on an as-needed basis.


  • Excellent communication skills: written, verbal and visual.
  • Strong social media knowledge and skills, and solid experience in using social media, for high and effective engagement.
  • Experience in executing effective and engaging social media campaigns is an asset.
  • Passionate about digital communications and social media.
  • Detail-oriented and highly-organized.
  • Able to multitask and balance multiple responsibilities.
  • Results driven; capacity to plan, prioritize and deliver tasks on time.
  • Eager to learn, open to and applies constructive feedback.
  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN's values and ethical standards.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
  • An interest in development issues
  • A strong commitment to using the power of storytelling to engage and inspire audiences to take action.

Required Skills and Experience


Interns are selected on a competitive basis. Applicants to UNDP internships must at the time of application meet one of the following academic requirements:

(a) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);

(b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);

(c) Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.

Skills and Experience

  • Excellent communication skills: written, verbal and visual.
  • Strong social media knowledge and skills, including in creating engaging content; managing and monitoring different social media channels; maintaining influencer lists; and performing related tasks to increase The Lion's Share audience and audience engagement.
  • Solid experience in creating written and visual content for high and effective engagement in social media platforms; 
  • Good design skills and a creative flair.
  • Strong research, analysis, and reporting skills.
  • Computer proficiency: excellent command of MS Office.
  • Familiarity with design software (InDesign, Photoshop) a plus.


Fluency in English is mandatory.  Proficiency in French is an asset.


  • This is an unpaid internship.  All costs connected with the intern's participation in the programme must be borne by the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or by the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his or her own arrangements for travel (including to and from the office), visas, accommodation etc.

  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship.  The intern must provide proof of enrolment in a health insurance plan;

  • The Intern will not be eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of their internship or for the six months immediately following the expiration date thereof;

  • The Intern will be personally responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from New York City (where the internship is based.)

  • Please read UNDP internship policy here before applying.

Once a candidate has been selected, the following additional documents are required:

  • Letter of enrolment from school

  • Transcript for the semester when the incumbent is expected to complete their work study or internship

  • One letter of recommendation from faculty

  • Scanned visa document/scanned passport document if no visa is required;

  • Scanned medical insurance document.

  • A one-page letter of intent

  • A CV

Click here for important information for US Permanent Residents ('Green Card' holders).
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. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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