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INTERN [Temporary]

New York City

  • Organization: Resident Coordinator System
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: Internship - Internship
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  • Closing Date: 2024-08-04

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Communications and Results Reporting Section of the United Nations Development Coordination Office (DCO) Headquarters in New York and is for a period of six (6) months .

In its resolution A/RES/72/279, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the transformation of DCO as stand-alone coordination office within the United Nations Secretariat. The new DCO assumes managerial and oversight functions of the resident coordinator system under the collective ownership of the members of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG).

The Intern would work remotely 0under the supervision of a staff member in the Communications and Results Reporting section.

The internship is UNPAID and part-time (20 hours/week) .


The Intern may be responsible for the following duties:
• Identifying, researching, drafting and editing content (text, photos, documents and multimedia) for online publications (website and social media);
• Maintaining content on websites, official social media accounts and other official digital communication outlets presences according to established policies;
• Creating and maintaining a repository of stories and other website content Contributing to tagging of website contentPerforming auditing exercises on the digital platformsAssisting in optimising websites for correctness, accessibility and search engine performance;
• Events coverage and notetakingEntering and reviewing information utilised on sharepoint and other data-sharing and knowledge management platforms utilised across the Resident Coordinator System;
• Creating and editing infographics or social videos for posting on official digital communication outlets;
• Contribute to strategies for more effective audience engagement across digital channels;
• Contributing ideas to projects for enhancing the reach of official digital communication outlets, identifying opportunities to reach a wider audience;
• Contributing to monitoring the usage of website and social media accounts using analytics and other statistical tools and techniques;
• Media monitoring, fact-checking and related research work for stories from the Resident Coordinator System;
• Maintaining and updating media and subscription mailing lists for the Section and assisting in distributing various information products;
• Contribute to updating social media inventories of UN country team and Resident Coordinators’ accounts.
• Providing design support across a range of print and digital products
• Assisting in developing branding material, including posters, logos and other communications products, such as publications, booklets, etc.
• Creating illustrations and infographics for print and digital platforms
• Supporting the development of various SharePoint pages
• Perform other related duties, as required.


Professionalism: Ability to identify and resolve data discrepancies and operational problems; Ability to apply knowledge of various United Nations financial rules, regulations and procedures; Ability to maintain accurate records, review and interpret a wide variety of data and prepare relevant financial reports; Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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.


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Development Coordination Office, applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

1. Applicants must: (a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme in journalism, communication, media studies, digital communications, filmmaking, international relations or related field (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or (b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme in journalism, communication, media studies, digital communications, filmmaking, international relations or related field (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent); or (c) have graduated with a university degree in journalism, communication, media studies, digital communications, filmmaking, international relations or related field (as defined in (a) or (b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.
2. Applicants must have strong writing skills in English.
3. Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point), Adobe (InDesign, Illustrator), design and email marketing platforms such as Bee pro, Canvas, Mailchimp
4. Be computer literate in standard software applications and content management systems (Drupal 9). Experience using social media platforms and data analysis
5. Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
6. 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.

Work Experience

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.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the internship, fluency in English is required.


Potential candidates will be contacted by the 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 reviewed.

The Cover Note must include:
• Title of degree you are currently pursuing
• Graduation Date (when will you be graduating from the programme)
• List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in
• List your top three areas of interest/department preferences
• Explain why you are the best candidate for that specific department
• Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme
• Submit 2-3 written samples if available

In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.

Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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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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