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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)
Department of Economic and Social Affairs
New York (United States)
Grade: I-1, Intern
Job Expired 8 Jan 2021
Added 11 months ago
Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Division for Inclusive Social Development (DISD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) monitors national and global socio-economic trends, identifies emerging issues, and assesses their implications for social policy at the national and international levels. The DISD/DESA develops policies, programmes and cooperative actions to facilitate the implementation of the Internationally Agreed Development Goals, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For more information about the Division, please see

The Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)/ Division for Inclusive Social Development (DISD) internship is for two months, with an opportunity for extension up to a total of six months, depending on the needs of the department.

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.


The Communications Support Intern will assist the Office of the Director of DISD/DESA in its outreach efforts, which include the following:

Research and Editorial:
Attend specified meetings, panel discussions and forums for purpose of writing feature stories;
Research and monitor a wide range of UN developments and news sources,including press releases, statements, briefings related to inclusive social development issues;
Assist with activities related to issues such as sports for development and peace;
Produce/draft content for the web portal or special campaign websites; Assist in the development of campaign materials;
Assist in the coordination of special events related to the work of the Division.

Multimedia and Social Media:
Produce multimedia news content (event coverage, interviews, photo/video messages, etc.) for the web portal and social media networks;
Draft key messages for Twitter, Facebook and Instagram;
Provide support for visual communications, such as photo search, infographics and live video;
Monitor inclusive development news on social web;
Actively expand the network of followers.

Assist in web analytics research and reporting;
Evaluate results and impact of communications and outreach activities.

In addition to the primary activities indicated above, the intern will perform other duties requested by supervisor, as appropriate.


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 the 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.

Client Orientation: -Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients" and seeks to see things from clients' point of view -Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect -Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions -Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems -Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects -Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

The intern is expected to:
• 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 includes willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme:

• Applicants to the programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
(a) Be enrolled in, or have recently completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
(b) Be enrolled in, or have recently completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor's level or equivalent);

The selected candidate must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.

• Be computer literate in standard software applications.

Work Experience

Applicants to the United Nations Internship Programme are not required to have professional work experience. However, a field of study that is closely related to the type of internship that you are applying for is required.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the Internship Programme. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.


Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further details on a short-written assessment.

Special Notice

A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The Cover Note must include:
• Graduate Degree Programm e (What are you currently studying?)
• Graduation Date (When will you be graduating from the program me?)
• List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
• List your top three areas of interest.
• Explain why you are the best candi date for this specific internship.
• Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.
• Please specify when you would be free to carry out an internship.

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.


All interns assigned to a UN Organization, including Funds and Programmes, at a United States based duty station, i.e. New York or Washington, who are not United States citizens or United States legal permanent residents (LPR) and who are undertaking an internship in which they would work 35 hours or more per week, must have a visa status that allows them to undertake the internship.

Prospective interns who are already in the United States in a non-immigrant visa status other than a G-4 visa (e.g., an F-1, G-1, G-3 visa, etc.) are responsible for ensuring that they have an appropriate, valid visa and, if required, employment authorization, allowing them to undertake the internship. Some of these interns may need to apply for a change of status to G-4 prior to joining the United Nations for an internship.

Prospective interns who are already in the United States in F-1 student visa status, have the necessary employment authorization and seek to work at the United Nations within the scope of their F-1 visa, do not need to seek a change of status to participate in a United Nations internship programme.

Prospective Interns in F-1 status who wish to undertake an internship following the completion of their academic programme as part of Optional Practical Training (OPT) "may" need to seek a change of visa status to G-4 and should consult their academic institution.

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.

No Fee


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