Intern, Internal Communications (Media and Communications Branch)

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Duty Station: New York, USA

Full/Part-time: Full-time

Duration: 24 Weeks

The position:

Under the direct supervision of the Internal Communications Specialist, Media and Communications Branch of the Division of Communications and Strategic Partnerships, the intern will support the branch/team in the areas of aspects related to the implementation and roll out of internal and corporate communications, initiatives and products, including the UNFPA global branding and communications strategies.

About UNFPA and how you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s strategic plan (2022-2025), reaffirms the relevance of the current strategic direction of UNFPA and focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. These results capture our strategic commitments on accelerating progress towards realizing the ICPD and SDGs in the Decade of Action leading up to 2030. Our strategic plan calls upon UN Member States, organizations, and individuals to “build forward better”, while addressing the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on womens’ and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recover lost gains and realize our goals.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results. We need interns who are exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

You would be responsible for:

  1. Support all aspects of internal communications, including writing, editing and posting text and multimedia content, including feature articles and interviews, to online channels including myUNFPA internal platform, the Voices newsmagazine, newsletters and the communication toolkit.
  2. Support the implementation of deliverables of corporate brand and communications strategies, including research, production and management of digital and traditional products, presentation and promotion, and monitoring and evaluation.
  3. Conduct research and brainstorm ideas related to internal communications, branding, and other corporate communications.
  4. Assist the team in developing corporate communications strategies and resources to reach partners, influencers, and donors.
  5. Help organize training and events such as webinars and develop resource materials to train staff on communications strategies, programmes and corporate branding.
  6. Support the marketing and promotion of the corporate branding and communications strategies and related deliverables to staff worldwide.
  7. Manage and present analytics for internal channels and products, including the intranet and newsletters.
  8. Other relevant duties as assigned by the Chief and relevant members of the Media and Communications Branch.

Qualifying for an internship:

All interns must meet the following educational and other eligibility requirements:

Educational requirements

a. Be enrolled in a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent) and have completed one full academic year;
b. Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as master’s programme or higher);
c. Have recently graduated with a university degree as defined above and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation; or
d. Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional trainee programme and undertake the internship as part of this programme.

Other eligibility requirements

e. Demonstrate interest in the field of development;
f. Demonstrate written and spoken proficiency in at least one of the working languages of the United Nations (English or French) and fluency in the official language (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish) of the UNFPA office; and
g. Demonstrate ability to adapt to new environments and to establish and maintain good working relations with individuals of different cultural backgrounds.

Your experience:

  • Applicants should have some related work experience. Experience in communications, marketing or public relations is a plus.
  • Applicants should have excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Strong organizational and research skills are required.
  • Applicants should have some knowledge of web production, social media and multimedia tools.
  • Applicants should have excellent interpersonal communications and project management skills.
  • Some experience in working with development agencies, including in volunteer capacity.
  • Fluency in English. Knowledge of other languages is an asset.
  • Strong analytical and writing skills.
  • Initiative, sound judgment and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members from different national and cultural backgrounds.

Learning elements:

Upon completion of the assignment, and depending on its duration, the Intern will gain the following knowledge assets:

  1. Understand the UN system
  2. Understand the mandate and policies of UNFPA
  3. Understand UNFPA programme and operations priorities
  4. Write, edit and produce multimedia coverage of issues and events for online channels
  5. Be proficient in a variety of online platforms and tools
  6. Work as a team member in a multicultural setting

Financial aspects:

Interns do not receive a salary or any other form of remuneration from UNFPA. The costs associated with an intern’s participation in the programme must be assumed either by the nominating institution, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students, or by the students themselves, who will have to meet living expenses as well as make their own arrangements for accommodation, travel and other requirements. However, they receive a stipend to help cover basic daily expenses related to the internship, if not financially supported by any institution or programme, such as a university, government, foundation, or scholarship programme. The stipend is based on the intern’s agreed place of work, which may be different from the duty station of the hiring office in cases of remote arrangements.

In addition, applicants must have medical insurance for the duration of the internship. Proof of insurance will need to be submitted before the internship begins. UNFPA does not provide medical insurance for interns.

UNFPA work environment:

UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, diversity, integrity and healthy work-life balance. We are committed to ensuring gender parity in the organization and therefore encourage women to apply. Individuals from the LGBTQIA+ community, minority ethnic groups, indigenous populations, persons with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. UNFPA promotes equal opportunities in terms of appointment, training, compensation and selection for all regardless of personal characteristics and dimensions of diversity. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is at the heart of UNFPA’s workforce – click here to learn more.


UNFPA does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process and does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

How to apply:

Please email your resume and cover letter to by 31 March 2024.

Due to the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

New York, United States
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