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Translation and Communication Intern

Beijing (China)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Beijing (China)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Translations and Languages
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2019-11-11

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations' global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. It is on the ground in 170 countries, working on solutions to global and national development challenges. UNDP in China fosters human development to empower women and men to build better lives. As the United Nations' development network, UNDP draws on a world of experience to assist China in developing its own solutions to the country’s development challenges. Through partnerships and innovation, UNDP works to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by reducing poverty, strengthening the rule of law and democratic governance, promoting environmental sustainability and South-South Cooperation. The Communications, Innovation and Partnerships Team works closely with other teams on media relations, social media advocacy, SDG campaign, communications strategy as well as partnership coordination. 

Duties and Responsibilities

The intern, under the guidance and supervision of Assistant Resident Representative and Head of Communications, Innovation and Partnerships, will carry out the following duties and responsibilities:

  1. Translation
  • Translates official documents, including official reports, press releasees, speeches, project documents,and other documents as requested by the Team. (English to Chinese and Chinese to English);
  • Provides interpreting service to high-level visits and events as requested by the office;
  • Communication
  • Assists in the preparation of communications and public-private partnerships outreach materials (i.e. PowerPoint presentations, brochures, etc.);
  • Drafts media advisories, press releases, speeches, and correspondences;
  • Drafts social media (Weibo and WeChat) articles and posts;
  • Assists in conducting research, compiling background materials, statistical data and briefing notes for advocacy/outreach activities and media events;
  • Assists in other ad hoc task forces requested by the Assistant Resident Representative and Head of Communications, Innovation and Partnerships.


  • Demonstrates commitment to UN’s mission, vision and values
  • Relevant experience in translation and event planning
  • Demonstrates leadership in university or social activities (MUN, etc.)
  • Strong oral and written communication ability in both English and Chinese
  • Full proficiency in Microsoft Office software
  • Proactive, organized and self-motivated.
  • Be confident, responsible, detail-oriented and skillful in communicating with others

Required Skills and Experience

  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher), or;
  • be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (undergraduate; minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or
  • have graduated with a university degree (first university degree, or second university degree or equivalent, or higher) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation.
  • Majoring in English (translation), international relations, communications, journalism, or other relevant fields.
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.
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