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 Chief of the Press and External Relations Section and the Press Officer in charge of social media and outreach, within the Information Service.Responsibilities Under the primary guidance of the Chief of the Press External Relations Section, and with the support of the Press Officer working on social media and outreach, the Outreach Intern’s duties will include the following:
- Contribute to the organization of commemorative events, such as the Holocaust Remembrance Day, the World Press Freedom Day, the Peacekeepers Day, and the Day to Eradicate Extreme Poverty;
- Assist with the organization of regular Ciné-ONU movie screenings and discussions, by researching topics, establishing contacts with producers, liaising with partners, providing logistical support, etc;
- Help organize information programmes for visiting groups (mostly students) by liaising with United Nations officials and groups of students, diplomats and NGOs, helping with administrative arrangements and escorting groups visiting the Palais des Nations;
- Contribute to the organization of quarterly Mix & Mash events, in cooperation with and under the guidance of the Associate Public Information Officer;
- Contribute to the daily media monitoring of Swiss newspapers (in French, German, Italian and English), with other UNIS interns;
- Attend biweekly press briefings with other UNIS interns; draft at least two press briefing summaries and receive feedback;
- Attend at least two full-day meetings of Human Rights treaty bodies or the Human Rights Council; draft at least two press releases and receive feedback;
- Write short articles for publication on iSeek, the UN’s intranet, as requested;
- Contribute to the gathering and creation of social media materials for @UNGeneva Twitter, Facebook and Instagram platforms, and help the Social Media Intern as needed, for example, during live coverage of major events;
- Perform administrative tasks such as updating calendar of meetings, drafting letters, translating emails, letters and documents, filing, etc.
- 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. Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be 'clients' and seeks to see things from clients's point of view.Education
- Journalism, communications, or organizational management; 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 are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.Languages
Fluency in English and French is needed. Knowledge of other official UN languages, German, and/or Italian, is a plus.Special Notice
- 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 contacted.
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. No Fee
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