DESA - Department of Economic and Social Affairs
DESA New York, USA
Posting Title: INTERN – PUBLIC INFORMATION, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: INTERN – PUBLIC INFORMATION
Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 13 January 2023 – 08 April 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Public Information-DESA-199345-J-New York (A)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organisational Setting and Reporting
The position is located in the Financing for Sustainable Development Office (FSDO) in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and is for a period of two (2) months, with an opportunity for extension up to a total of six (6) months, depending on the needs of the department.
The intern will work under the supervision of Strategic Engagement and Policy Integration Branch (SEPIB). SEPIB leads work on the ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development follow-up and its preparatory and follow-up activities, including the SDG Investment Fair. The intern will also work with the Policy Analysis and Development Branch (PADB). PADB is the coordinator and substantive editor of the Interagency Task Force on Financing for Development, whose annual Financing for Sustainable Development Report provides a concise overview of progress in implementing the Financing for Development outcomes while also providing recommendations for Member States’ consideration at the FfD Forum.
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 intern will support FSDO’s communications work in relation to the Financing for Sustainable Development Report, the FFD Forum and the SDG Investment Fair. Duties may include, but are not limited to:
- Drafting, formatting, editing and posting content (text, photos, documents and multimedia) for promotion of FSDO work (including website and social media);
- Assist with communications materials, including correspondence with Member States and other stakeholders;
- Proposing new projects for the website and social media platforms and identifying opportunities to reach a wider audience;
- Assist in organizing press conferences and other outreach events;
- Provide media support to events organized by the Office;
- Assisting with development and implementation of surveys;
- Monitoring the news and social media for relevant material and mentions;
- Assist in taking photos, preparing videos and other multimedia contents including flyers and quote cards.
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 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
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, the following condition must be met:
- Applicants to the programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
(a) Be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
(b) Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent);
(c) subject to review on a case-by-case basis, applicants within a few years from graduation who could not apply earlier and who are in an early stage of their careers; as a first time entry into the workforce; are changing careers or due to compelling family circumstances.
- Be computer literate in standard software applications.
- Study in the fields of communications or journalism is desirable.
No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.
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 an additional official UN language is an asset.
Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.
A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required.
Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The Cover Note must include:
- Degree Programme (What are you currently studying?)
- Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?)
- List the IT skills and programmes 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 Programme.
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
REMOTE INTERNSHIPS (COVID-19): In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the
internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and
access to UN premises. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the
internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship.
G-4 VISAS FOR INTERNS: All interns assigned to a UN Organization, including Funds and Programmes, at a United
States based duty station, who are not United States citizens or United States legal permanent
residents (LPR) will be required to obtain G-4 visas prior to travelling to the United States.
Prospective interns who are already in the United States in another nonimmigrant status may
need to apply for a change of status to G-4 prior to joining the United Nations for an
internship. It should be emphasized that prospective interns are responsible for ensuring that
they have an appropriate valid visa and employment authorization allowing them to undertake
If the applicant is in F-1 status and has a valid EAD, they may undertake an internship within
the scope of their F-1 visa without seeking a change of visa status. Please note, however, that
interns in F-1 status who wish to undertake an internship following completion of their
academic programme as part of Optional Practical Training (OPT) ‘may’ need to seek a
change of visa status to G-4 (This process currently takes about 8-10 weeks) or obtain G-4
To qualify for G-4 nonimmigrant status, interns must be serving essentially full-time, i.e. 35 +
hours per week.
Please also be advised that all candidates working in New York Headquarters will be required
to submit proof of Covid-19 vaccination status.
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.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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.
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.