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United Nations Internship: Public Information

Duty Station: New York, United Nations

Posting Period: 17 February 2020 – 30 June 2020

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. UNEP is the United Nations system’s designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. 

The internship is for a period of six (6) months. It is unpaid and full-time. Interns work five days (35-40 hours) per week under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned. The intern will report to the Head of Communications, UNEP/New York Office.

Internship description

  • Curate and produce digital content on UN Environment Programme New York events and special events for UN Environment Programme New York social media channels, including articles on news related to the work of UN Environment Programme in New York, multimedia for use in connection with social media posts to boost UN Environment Programme New York’s visibility and reach
  • Assist in producing communication products for events organized by UN Environment Programme in New York including and not limited to infographics, flyers, posters, banners, videos and others
  • Assist in planning and organization of key UN Environment Programme events and activities in UN Headquarters 
  • Ensure that UN Environment Programme New York website is updated regularly with new stories and events 
  • Assist with outreach and media for events organized by UN Environment Programme in New York, including the organization of press briefings and conferences 
  • When required, attend and summarize key discussions on meetings at UN Headquarters, including meetings organized by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Security Council and UN missions in New York.

Internship requirements

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 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.

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.


Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

a. be enrolled in a graduate school programme in journalism, communication, media studies, information technology, political science, international relations, analytics 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, information technology, political science, international relations, analytics or related field (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or 

(c) have graduated with a university degree in communication, media studies, journalism, information technology, political science, international relations, analytics or related field (as defined in (a) or (b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the Programme. Are you a student in a Bachelor’s (final year), Master’s or Ph.D. Programme or equivalent, or have you completed a degree and are able to commence an internship within a year of graduation?

Is your field of study closely related to the type of internship you are applying for?

Will you be able to cover the cost of travel including visa, accommodation and other living expenses for the duration of the internship?


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN language such as Spanish and French is an asset.


Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.

Special Notice

Your application for this internship must include:

1. A Completed application (Personal History Profile) and Cover Note, through the UN careers Portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. 

The Cover Note must include:

Title of the degree you are currently pursuing

Graduation Date

IT skills and programmes you are proficient in 

Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship

Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme, ensure to include all past work experience (if any).

2. Proof of enrollment from current University (if not graduated).

3. A copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated). 

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

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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