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Internship - Communication Support at United Nations

United NationsAbuja, Nigeria Networking and Tech Support
Full Time
The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945. It is currently made up of 193 Member States. The mission and work of the United Nations are guided by the purposes and principles contained in its founding Charter. UN Photo United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Due to the powers vested in its Charter and its unique international character, the United Nations can take action on the issues confronting humanity in the 21st century, such as peace and security, climate change, sustainable development, human rights, disarmament, terrorism, humanitarian and health emergencies, gender equality, governance, food production, and more. The UN also provides a forum for its members to express their views in the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, and other bodies and committees. By enabling dialogue between its members, and by hosting negotiations, the Organization has become a mechanism for governments to find areas of agreement and solve problems together.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The United Nations Information Centers (UNICs) belong to the Information Centres Services (ICS), Campaigns and Country Operations (CCOD) of the Department of Global Communication (DGC). The UNICs are the principal sources of information about the United Nations system in the countries where they are located.
  • They are also responsible for promoting greater public understanding of, and support the aims and activities of, the United Nations by disseminating information on the work of the Organization to people everywhere, especially in developing countries.
  • The Department of Global Communications internship is for two months with an opportunity for extension, pending on the needs of the department and availability of intern.
  • 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 to which they are assigned. Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual's background; the intern's assigned office as well as the internship period.
  • Duties may include, but are not limited to: • Monitor the media for news stories of interest to the UN and assist to prepare press bulletin; 
  • Assist in public information projects of UNIC, UN Communication Group and the UN Country Team; 
  • Assist in producing social media plans and campaigns, as well as explore more potential online initiatives to raise visibility of UN works; 
  • Assist UNIC in maintaining its social media channels; 
  • Conduct research, survey; and draft and/or update on-line content for the UN Digital Library in Abuja, project dashboard, inquiries, the UN website and social media, with guidance from subject matter experts and relevant substantive focal points;
  • Assist in the organization and execution of events to mark UN days observances, press conferences, media launches, campaigns, educational outreach or exhibitions;
  • Help design various information materials, including publication covers, presentation templates, flyers, infographics and social media visuals;
  • Help take photos of events, when required and provide assistance in managing the photo library;
  • Provide assistance in shooting and editing film videos, mix sound and slideshows, if required;
  • Provide general office support (e.g. processing correspondence, maintaining files, records, and/or contact directory/databases, organizing meetings, taking meeting minutes, etc.);
  • Perform other related administrative duties, as required.

Qualifications/special skills

Please note that to qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  • a. Be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or,
  • b. Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor's level or equivalent).

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 UN Charter.
  • 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.
  • Applicants are not required to have professional experience for participation in the programme.

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