‘Public Information’ Virtual Internship by the United Nations (UN)

Job/Internship in Art and Humanities , in Social Science
  • United States, United States View on Map
  • Post Date : March 25, 2021
  • Apply Before : September 13, 2021
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Opportunity Details

  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • Fields of study Communication And Information
  • Opportunity Type : Self Funded
  • Duration 3 6 Months
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Opportunity ID 117473
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Opportunity Description

Internship overview

The Climate Communications Team under the Strategic Communications Division of the Department of Global Communication has announced a “Public Information Internship” which is open to qualified international applicants. If you are interested in working at the United Nations and acquiring valuable skills and experience, this is a great fit for you to apply.

Interns will work five days per week (35 hours) under the guidance of the Lead of the Climate Communications Team.

Details of the internship:

Application Period:                           18 March 2021 – 13 September 2021

Job Title:                                             Intern – Public Information

Type:                                                   Full-time & unpaid

Duration:                                            Three months (with a possibility of extension for up to 6 months)

Department/Office:                            Department of Global Communication

Location:                                            Virtual (due to COVID-19)

Job opening number:                        21-Public Information-DGC-152250-J-New York (A)

Duties and Responsibilities

Routine responsibilities will depend upon the individual’s background and the internship period. The selected intern may undertake some of the following functions:

1. Research and analyze information on climate change, meet information from various sources, and help rate news value and other prospective impacts.
2. Support the implementation of DGC’s climate communications strategy and campaigns.
3 Specify, research, and draft content (text, photos, documents, and multimedia) for online publication, and caption videos and clips by utilizing tools such as the Adobe Creative Suite.
4. Help in managing the storage, arrangement, and maintenance of digital assets, contact lists, calendars, templates, and other important documents.
5. Help make digital assets, i.e., quote cards, for web and social media, according to established climate branding.
6. Do research on specialized sector media, e.g. climate, transport, food, oceans.
7. Keep and update media and subscription mailing lists for the Climate team and assist with distributing different information products.
8. Oversee media, fact-check and undertake related research work for climate communications campaigns and relevant information outputs.
9. Accomplish additional tasks that may be given by the Team Lead time and again.


  1. Communication:
  • Clear and effective spoken and written skills;
  • Listening, proper interpretation of messages from others and suitable response skills;
  • Asking for clarification, and displaying interest in having mutual communication; modifying language, tone, style and manner to suit the audience; and
  • Exhibit openness in sharing information and keeping people up-to-date.
  1. Teamwork:
  • Working together with colleagues to obtain organizational goals;
  • Asks for input by respecting others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others;
  • Advances team agenda rather than personal agenda; support and take actions in agreement with final group decision; and
  • Gives credit to team achievements and admits joint responsibility for team weakness.


  1. Education

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • Be enrolled, or a graduate school program in journalism, communication, media studies, filmmaking, international relations or related field (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) or be studying in the final academic year of a bachelor degree ;
  • Or hold a university in the above-mentioned fields.
  • Have computer literacy in standard software applications.
  • Be sharply interested in the work of the United Nations with a personal commitment to its charter.
  • Have the proven ability to successfully communicate with people of diverse cultural backgrounds and beliefs.
  1. Work Experience

Applicants to this Internship Program do not need to have professional work experience. Your education, training, and advanced coursework or skills should contribute to the work.

  1. Language competencies

Fluency in oral and written English is mandatory for the Internship Programme. Knowledge of an additional official UN language is an advantage.

How to apply?

Qualified international candidates may submit an online application through the online recruitment platform after fulfilling the requirements of the internship.

A completed online application consists of 1) Cover Note, and 2) Personal History Profile.

The Cover Note of your application must include:

– Degree Program (What are you currently studying)
– Graduation Date (When will you be graduating from the program)
– List of IT skills and programs that you are skilled in.
– explain you interest in the work of UN programs.

– Indicate why you are the best candidate for this specific internship.
– List your three main areas of interest and departmental preferences.

*In your online Personal History Profile, feel free to include all past work experiences, IT skills,
and three references.

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Note: Applicants are advised to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform (inspira).

Further notices:

  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • The UN highly encourages women to apply.
  • Due to the large volume of applications, the relevant UN body will only contact successful candidates.
  • UN charges no application fee at any stage of its recruitment process.

For more details about the program, please refer to UN Career Website.

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