Intern- Public Information, I (Temporary Job Opening)

UN Department of Public Information
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
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  • Posted
    May 09

Position description

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 of IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in. 
- List of your top three areas of interest/department preferences. 
- Explanation of why you are the best candidate for that department.
- Explanation of 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.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Palestine, Decolonization and Human Rights Section (PDHRS) of the Communications Campaigns Service in the Strategic Communications Division in the Department of Public Information (DPI). PDHRS covers the question of Palestine, the issue of decolonization, and human rights related campaigns and activities, including on indigenous peoples, the International Decade for People of African Descent and the Outreach Programme on the Rwanda Genocide. The internship is for three months with an opportunity for extension to no longer than six months, depending on the needs of the department. The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office where they are assigned.


Within delegated authority, the public information intern may be responsible for the following duties: 
-Researches, compiles, and drafts content for press material, social media posts and websites related to the International Decade for People of African Descent, Nelson Mandela International Day, the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, the Outreach Programme on the Rwanda Genocide, Human Rights Day and other themes handled by the Section. 
-Assists in organizing special events, such as film screenings, panel discussions, exhibits and other outreach activities related to the areas listed above.
-Assists in handling the design, production, delivery, dissemination and inventory of printed materials.
-Assists with various tasks related to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights audio/video project, including identifying talent to record audio/video and managing the process for the review of videos recorded in dozens of languages.
-Drafts meeting notes and correspondence. 
-Takes on other special projects, as assigned.


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.

Creativity: - Actively seeks to improve programmes or services. - Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs. - Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas. - Thinks "outside the box". - Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things. - Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements: (a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); (b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme in journalism, communication, media studies, filmmaking, international relations or related field (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent); or (c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation. 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 Charter; and - have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Work Experience

No professional work experience required.


Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.


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

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. 

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.

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

The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

Application instructions

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