NEW YORKI-1 Internship




Core Value

Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

General Information

A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.The Cover Note must include:
• Degree Program (What are you currently studying?)
• Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the program?)
• List the IT skills and program that you are proficient in.
• List your top three areas of interest.
• Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship.
• Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Program. 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 contacted.

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 contacted.


This internship is for three (3) months with an opportunity for extension, pending on the needs of the department.

The internship is located in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Information Management Branch, Digital Services Section, New York. The incumbent will report to a Communications Officer/Information Management Officer.

The internship is UNPAID and full-time.

Interns work five days per week (35 days) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.


The Digital Services Section is looking for a Digital Communications and Marketing Intern to integrate our team for the period of the Internship. He/she will be helping to promote the content of various information platforms. Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual's background and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• supports the team on different projects from proposal to implementation;
• helps monitor and manage social media accounts;
• identifies and proposes information opportunities, activities and approaches, taking into account the situation/topic and target audience;
• researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources on assigned topics/issues;
• helps draft or compiles information and communications products;
• helps gather social media and web analytics; designs social media cards and banners; performs other tasks as requested by the supervisor.

The ideal candidate should have strong analytical skills, be passionate about new media, humanitarian affairs and new communications tools and trends; and of course, be committed to the humanitarian principles and aware of the latest humanitarian issues.


The United Nations Core Competencies include:

• Communication: 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 two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

• Teamwork: 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.

• Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.


Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the program.


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Program, the following conditions must be met:
• Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
(a) be enrolled in a graduate school program (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
(b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (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; 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.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN Official language, especially Spanish, is an advantage.