The Information Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva internship is for a period of three to six months depending on the needs of the service.
The internship is unpaid and full-time.
Interns work five days per week (40 hours) under the supervision of the Press Officer in charge of social media. The work will focus on researching and preparing written and multimedia content for the flagship @UNGeneva accounts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
- Use the UNIS Trello Boards to plan content ahead of time, maintain and update weekly editorial calendars, collect and collate multimedia information from different departments and organizations;
- Monitor various sources for new content and information about what is happening in and around the UN on a given week;
- Edit and subtitle news videos for UN Geneva social media channels, using dedicated software (Adobe Premiere Pro); create visuals, quote cards and other materials as requested using online tools (such as Canva or Adobe Photoshop);
- Attend press conferences and events at UN Geneva to gather quotes and take photos and videos which can be used in social media posts;
- Take photographs or make short videos at UN Geneva and beyond;
- Draft posts for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as requested;
- Research trends and interesting posts from partners and suggest retweets/regrams; monitor the social media accounts for followers’ comments and questions, and flag them to the Press Officer as needed;
- Take an active role in the live coverage of events;
- Draft monthly statistics reports reflecting performance of the @UNGeneva social media accounts, and fill in monthly reporting forms for DG Dashboard;
- Attend biweekly press briefings with other UNIS interns; prepare at least one summary of the briefing and receive feedback;
- Attend at least two full-day meetings of human rights treaty bodies or the Human Rights Council; prepare at least one press releases and receive feedback;
- Contribute to the daily media monitoring of Swiss newspapers (in French, German, Italian and English), with other UNIS interns;
- Carry out other tasks as requested by the United Nations Information Service.
Communication: Ability to draft clearly and concisely, good written and oral language skills.
Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals.
Technological awareness: Broad technical knowledge of audio-visual media, including new and emerging technologies; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work
of the office.
Journalism, communications, digital media, or marketing; students of international relations or related fields may also be considered.
Must be enrolled in a master’s degree programme or apply within one year of graduation.
Applicants to the UN Internship Programme are not required to have professional work experience. However, the field of study should be closely related to the type of internship you are applying for. How does your field of study relate to the type of internship you are applying for?
In 100 words or less, please explain your motivation for working in the Information Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva.
Are you fluent in English and French?
Fluency in English and a working knowledge of French are required. Knowledge of other official UN languages, German, and/or Italian, is a plus.
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 will you be/have graduating/graduated from the programme?).
IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
Top three areas of interest.
Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship. Explain your interest in
the United Nations Internship Programme.
Scanned copies of the applicant’s valid passport and medical insurance coverage.
In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills,
and three references.
Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be
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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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.
Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.
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