Internship - Communications (HDRO)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
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  • Posted
    Nov 13

Position description

UNDP’s Human Development Report Office (HDRO) continues to strengthen its print and online presence as means to increase its outreach efforts and reach new targeted audiences.
HDRO is seeking a post-graduate student with an interest or experience in communication to assist in building and implementing a communication strategy for external outreach efforts on Human Development.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Deputy Director, the Intern will contribute to the tasks described below.

  • Support the Director, Deputy Director and Communications Specialist in the preparation a range of communication products and materials such as op-eds for newspapers;
  • Draft, edit and proofreading of the HDRO blogs and bi-weekly newsletter;
  • Support HDRO’s presence on social media including through 1) regular updates and 2) the development of social media campaigns;
  • Analyze the nature of human development references and features in the news and share relevant news updates with the communications team; and
  • Contribute to strengthen HDRO network and partnerships among development journalists and media outlets.


Core Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN's values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

Functional Competencies:

  • Strong communication and writing skills;
  • Highly organized, precise and independent/motivated;
  • Good understanding of communication strategies, best practice in blogging and social media;
  • Awareness of Human Development issues and the global development agenda, an asset.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Currently enrolled in a Master’s / postgraduate university programme in Communication, Journalism, Marketing, Social Sciences or International Relations.


  • Experience in communications and social media outreach;
  • Proficiency in using new technologies, web-based platforms and social media networks; familiarity with html is a plus;
  • Self-starter; organized; able to multitask and balance multiple responsibilities;
  • Familiarity with one or more developing regions;
  • Experience in engaging and building communities on social networks, particularly Twitter and Facebook.


  • English, with working knowledge of at least one other UN language desirable.


Candidates who are shortlisted and contacted by UNDP must submit the following documents:

  • Official letter from the University confirming enrollment in a graduate-level degree programme;
  • Have a valid visa to work in the US;
  • Proof of medical and life/accident insurance valid for the location in which the internship will be carried out (i.e. New York, USA).
  • Have medical and life insurance.
  • Letter of endorsement from a faculty member who has worked with the student in the recent past and who is knowledgeable on the student’s performance;
  • Complete and sign the “Application Form” and for further information please go to

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