This position is located in the Office of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Fund Secretariat within the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF) in New York. The intern will report to the Special Assistant to the CEO and assist with communication activities.
The internship is for a period of 6 months. The internship is UNPAID and full-time.
Responsibilities will depend on the individual's background, the intern's assigned office, as well as the internship period. Duties may include, but are not limited to assisting with the following activities:
- Identifying relevant content for publication on the UNSPF website and newsletters, drafting articles and formatting content.
- Creating social media accounts.
- Organizing events, meetings, seminar and webinars.
- Updating the UNJSPF website.
- Creating visual material for on-line communication, including photos, video, animation and infographics.
Applicants must demonstrate a keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter of the United Nations. They must have an ability to work effectively in a team in a multicultural environment, and to work collaboratively with colleagues and external counterparts. In addition, they must have good drafting and oral communication skills, and be computer literate in standard software applications. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.
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.
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.
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.
Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
(a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
(b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (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.
Specialization in the areas of journalism, communication, media studies, information technology, political science, international relations, analytics or related fields, are preferred.
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is an advantage.
Should there be a need for an intern that matches the applicant's profile, she/he will be contacted directly by the Division. Due to the large number of applications, only short-listed applicants will be contacted.
A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. PLEASE NOTE THAT INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE REVIEWED.
In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.
Important Note on General UN rules on internships:
- The duration of the internship is up to a maximum of six (6) months, depending upon the particular needs of the division.
- UNJPSF internships are not paid. Travel costs, travel arrangements (including visas), and living accommodations are the responsibility of the intern or their sponsoring institution.
- UNJSPF interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any position in the professional or above categories, within the UN Secretariat for a period of six (6) months following the end of their internship. Any employment with the UN at that point in time shall be subject to established recruitment and selection procedures.
- Internship positions are full-time.
For more information on the UN internship programme, please visit the UN internet site at: https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=IP