INTERN - PUBLIC INFORMATION [Temporary]
New York City
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Digital Campaigns Unit within Communications Campaigns Service (CCS), Strategic Communications Division (SCD), Department of Global Communications (DGC) of the United Nations in New York. DGC's Communications Campaigns Service develops and implements communications strategies and global campaigns on the organization’s key priority issues.
Located in United Nations Headquarters in New York, this internship is offered for a period of three months and up to but not exceeding six months starting in September 2022. The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision and support of the Digital Campaigns Lead (Digital Campaigns Unit) within the Communications Campaigns Service.
• Participate in brainstorming around creative briefs provided by Communications Campaigns Service. Topics can include, but are not limited to the Sustainable Development Goals, Climate Action, Countering Hate Speech and Peace and Security.
• Proactively contribute suggestions and ideas around major campaign topics
• Assist in producing static and/or motion digital assets for the UN’s main social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and LinkedIn) and campaign websites. Digital assets can include action-focused/explainer graphics, infographics, data visualizations, IG reels, gifs, interactive quizzes, timelines, visually-driven explainer web pages, listicles, photo essays and more.
• Assist in organizing, updating and maintaining Trello boards on digital campaigns.
Tasks can fall under one or more of the following three categories (editorial, multimedia and design):
• Editorial tasks can include researching, analyzing, fact checking and drafting content for IG reels, explainer or action-focused assets, long-form infographics, quizzes, timelines and/or explainer web pages.
• Multimedia tasks can include photo and video research; and production of IG reels, short-form videos, web interactive content and more.
• Design tasks can include adapting existing digital assets (mainly in Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator) for the UN’s six official languages and for different digital distribution channels; setting up templates on Canva; and designing assets for web and social media.
• COMMUNICATION: speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
• TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with others to achieve organizational goals - Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
• CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients " and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Please note that to qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
(a) be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
(b) be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor's level or equivalent)
Applicants must also:
• Be computer literate in standard software applications
• Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the UN Charter
• Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the internship advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.Assessment
Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.Special Notice
A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be
The Cover Note must include:
• Degree Programme (What are you currently studying)
• Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme)
• Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship
• Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme
In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references. Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.
Applicants who are children or siblings of a staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an internship at the United Nations.
Interns will need to provide all necessary hardware (computer), software and internet connection to perform the internship remotely.
This job opening is generic and further notice about any non-selections will not be issued due to the nature of the
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for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and
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Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation
and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions. For internships in the United States of
America, interns who are not United States citizens, permanent residents or not currently in the United States on a nonimmigrant visa status will be required to obtain a G-4 visa. If already in the United States of America on another nonimmigrant visa status other than G-4, interns will be responsible for ensuring that they have a valid visa, and if required,
employment authorization, allowing them to undertake the internship.
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