Org. Setting and Reporting
This PUBLIC INFORMATION AND/OR GRAPHIC DESIGN Internship is located within the Implementation Team for the new Department of Operational Support, at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Ensuring a better future for all, Secretary-General António Guterres and the Member States are implementing a new management paradigm for the Secretariat. To confront global challenges and to remain relevant in a fast-changing world, this reform effort will transform the United Nations into an organization which empowers managers and staff, simplifies processes, increases accountability and transparency and improves on the delivery of the UN’s mandates.
The Intern will report to the Communications Officer on the DOS Implementation Team. The internship is for three months initially, with an opportunity for extension, pending on the needs of the department and availability of the intern. The internship is unpaid and full-time. The intern is expected to work five days per week (35 hours a week) under the supervision of the Communications Officer in the department or office to which he/she is assigned.
Our team requires PUBLIC INFORMATION AND/OR GRAPHIC DESIGN interns with excellent skills and expertise in each or all the following areas:
1.Excellent writing, communications and marketing expertise; or
2.Excellent graphic design and visual communications expertise or excellent website design and website maintenance design expertise using Drupal or similar web content management solutions.
For Writing and Communication Interns:
Under the supervision of the Communications Officer: Developing, drafting, revising and updating English or French language content about UN Reform, in particular the implementation of the Department of Operational Support, its work, goals and mandates. These may include articles, emails, fact sheets, reports, online and print communication material, website and social media and Intranet based content, presentations and more; Managing multiple deadlines and milestone dates concurrently; Assisting in managing several projects, initiatives and/or events in the area of project management, coordination, organizing Townhall Meetings, Workshops and Events, arranging Video-teleconferences and more; Assisting with Change Management efforts including development of communication products, reports, instructional materials, or informative messages; Researching facts and content vigorously, cross-checking information with other colleagues, teams or offices as required; drafting new content, compiling and presenting information through a variety of communications products/services intended for external audiences and internal staff orientated materials. Proofreading and revising of all DOS related communications.
For Graphic Design and Web Design Interns:
Under the supervision of the Communications Officer: Deliver and implement the proposal of the Department of Operational Support brand identity and visual system for web, social media platforms, publications, events material and signage, infographics, data visualization, animations and icons; Complete the implementation of the new design into a number of templates, including; Newsletter, Brochures, Event flyer, Report cover and layout, Dashboard charts, Email signature template, PowerPoint template, Banner templates, infographics , Social media cards, Website graphics, Icons, Animations and Video; Systematic posting of the visual designs and information to the DOS Intranet pages and public website; Develop and complete presentation material and guidelines on how and where to use the new visual identity/branding both when it comes to media and products; Products developed in appropriate languages and formats; Interns working on Graphic Design or Web Design must be able to provide their own laptop and software for this position.
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 a two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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. Committed to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work;
Actively seeks to improve programs or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; 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; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
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.
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
- 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;
- 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 of the United Nations 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.
For Writing and Communications Intern Applicants:
Developing, drafting, revising and updating English or French language content such as articles, emails, fact sheets, reports, online and print communication material, website and social media and Intranet based content, presentations and more; complete fluency with all Microsofy Office software, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and others are required, additional Office software or other programmes highly desirable; Managing multiple deadlines and milestone dates concurrently; Assisting in managing several projects, initiatives and/or events in the area of project management, coordination, organizing Meetings, Workshops and Events,; Change Management experience is desirable including development of communication products, reports, instructional materials, or informative messages; Researching facts and content vigorously, cross-checking information with other colleagues, teams or offices as required; drafting new content, compiling and presenting information through a variety of communications products/services intended for external audiences and internal staff orientated materials. Proofreading and revising.
For Graphic Design Intern Applicants:
Knowledge of visual communication, brand identity design, website and graphic design, and ability to develop creative solutions and produce high quality graphic material; Knowledge of industry standards in design, production, printing and multimedia processes and procedures as well as typography, layout, photography and color theory; knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud including InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Acrobat; Knowledge of the Adobe Creative Cloud application is required. Experience in conceptualizing digital products such as data visualizations, animations and interactive content is highly desirable. Familiarity with the work of the UN or similar international organization is desirable. Familiarity with social media approaches is desirable; experience in web development (Drupal or similar CMS platforms), animation and video editing is desirable; experience working with multilingual products is desirable. Interns working on Graphic Design or Web Design must be able to provide their own laptop and software with Adobe Creative Cloud license or equivalent for this position.
English and French are working languages of the UN Secretariat. Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Applicants are encouraged to clearly indicate their areas of interests and highlight their specific skills and/or experience in their cover note. They are asked to do so carefully in order to enhance the value of the internship for both themselves and the receiving UN department.
Potential candidates may be contacted by the hiring manager for further consideration.
A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The Cover Note must include:
- A summary of your most relevant professional experience which has prepared you for this internship
- Explain why you are the best candidate for this internship
- Explain your interest in the United Nations in general and any experience with international organizations
In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three personal references (who may be contacted by the hiring manager). Due to the 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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.
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 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.
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