The Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA of the United Nations invites application for the Public Information Internship. The duration of an OCHA internship is normally three months on a full-time basis. This may be exceptionally extended for a maximum period of six months. It is awarded on the recommendation of the Director of the respective Division. However, Interns are not paid and are responsible for all expenses related to the internship.
What will the Public Information Intern do at the UN?
In general, the Public Information intern will support OCHA in fulfilling its mission to coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors. Further, in the domain of responsibilities of the intern, they will
- Advocate the rights of people in need;
- Promote preparedness and prevention, and facilitate sustainable solutions.
- researching, analyzing and presenting information gathered from diverse sources on assigned topics/issues;
- tracking information on assigned topics/ issues;
- gathering information from diverse sources and helps to assess news value and other potential
impact, as well as to evaluate the effectiveness of information campaigns;
- drafting/ compiling a specific type or types (e.g. print, broadcast, etc), of information communications products for target audiences, to include press releases, talking points, web stories, media packets and
reports, brochures, briefings, video clips, newsletters, websites, multimedia, etc.
- In consultation with the supervisor, identifies and proposes information opportunities, activities and
approaches, taking into account the situation/topic and target audience;
- identifies key contacts/constituencies and opportunities for strategic partnerships to facilitate communication efforts and maintains working relationships with the same;
- responds to a variety of inquiries and information requests internally and externally;
- prepares related correspondence;
- Also, performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.
What qualification do you need for Public Information Internship?
To qualify for an internship with the UN Internship program, applicants must meet one of
the following requirements:
- Be in a graduate school program (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
- Be in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or
- Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation from an academic program.
- Moreover, applicants who are unable to commence the internship within one year of graduation are not eligible.
- The University degree must be in the area of communication, journalism, international relations, public administration or in a related field.
- Further, applicants do not require having professional working experience for participation in the UN Internship Program
- Fluency of English (both written and spoken) is desirable. Additionally, knowledge of French and Spanish is also desirable.
How to apply for an Internship at the UN?
Applicants may apply for the UN internship by submitting the online application. Further, the applicants will require a recent CV and cover letter to apply for the internship. Also, the interns may submit a relevant portfolio and documentation.
Interns, however, should note that they may submit only one PDF file via the online application portal. Hence, the applicants must merge all documents into one PDF file before uploading.
Applicants may apply for the Public Information Internship at UN until 16 September 2019. UN will not accept any more application after the past the deadline.