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United Nations Internship: Intern Public Information [Temporary]

  • Posting Title: Intern Public Information, I (Temporary Job Opening)
  • Department/Office: Department of Global Communications
  • Duty Station: New York, United States
  • Posting Period: 08 November 2019 07 May 2020
  • Job Opening Number: 19Public InformationDGC125700JNew York (A)

The internship is in the Social Media Section of the News and Media Division of the Department of Global Communications. The section is responsible for social media activities of the Department of Global Communications and the integration of social media platforms, including social networking tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr and YouTube, which are critical component of the Department’s communications

The internship is for three (3) months with an opportunity for extension up to six (6) months, depending on the needs of the Division and availability of the candidate.

The internship is unpaid and fulltime. 

Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the public information intern may be responsible for the following duties: 

  • Research, compile, draft and edit basic information for use in the preparation and production of social media content, often under tight deadlines. 
  • Monitor and analyze statistics related to social media content. 
  • Gather social media content at special events (film screenings, concerts, exhibits, etc.). 
  • Assist in the creation of original content for social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and LinkedIn. 
  • Attend meetings as an observer. 
  • Manage meeting agendas and draft meeting notes. 
  • Assists with special projects as assigned.

Competencies

Communication: 

  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. 
  • Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. 
  • Asks questions for clarification and exhibits interest in having twoway communication. 
  • Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. 
  • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Teamwork:

  • Works collaboratively with colleagues 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.

Creativity:

  • Offers new and different options to solve problems; 
  • Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; 
  • Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; 
  • Thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things;

Education

  • To qualify for an internship with the United Nations New York Headquarters Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met: 

1. Applicants must: (a) be enrolled in a communications, information science, computer science, information systems, media studies, journalism, or related field graduate programme; or (b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a communications, information science, computer science, information systems, media studies, journalism, or related field bachelor’s degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or (c) have graduated with a university degree in communications, information science, computer science, information systems, media studies, journalism, 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. Be computer literate in standard word processing and spreadsheets software applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel or similar. Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and 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

  • Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.

Languages

English or French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the internship advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official language of the United Nations (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) or Portuguese, Kiswahili and Hindi is an advantage.

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 reviewed. The Cover Note must include: 

  • Title of degree you are currently pursuing. 
  • Graduation Date (when you will 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. 
  • 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.
  • Familiarity with and/or interest in taking digital photographs. 
  • Familiarity with Canva, PowerPoint, and/or Adobe Photoshop (or graphic design programmes) is an advantage.

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 nonsmoking environment.

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” hyperlink on the upper right side of the inspira accountholder 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

The United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, or training). the United Nations does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

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