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UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization


Duty Station: Headquarters

Type of contract : Internship

Duration of contract : 1 to 6 months

Recruitment open to : External Candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 30 June 2023

UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism


An internship with UNESCO will give you experience of the daily working environment of the United Nations specialized agency. You will be working in a team from one of the Programme Sectors or Central Services (the support services) of the Organization, at Headquarters, in one of the Field Offices, or in a Category I Institute. You will be part of a team in which you will be exposed to a range of colleagues, making a meaningful contribution to the work of the team and the Organization. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to improve an array of technical and professional skills in a multi-cultural environment.

Interns carry out a variety of tasks, depending on the team in which they are working and the particular needs at the time. Activities will vary depending on the requirements of the assignment, and the specific Terms of Reference and learning objectives will be provided by the supervisor with whom you will be working.


Social media

  • Assist in preparation for communication and social media campaigns.
  • Assist in drafting and translation or editing of social media assets.
  • Assist in graphic design for social media and other digital platforms.
  • Assist in on-site interview filming and postproduction.
  • Assist in the creation of newsletters.
  • Assist in editorial scheduling of social media assets, and social media analytics.


  • Assist in the creation of new websites.
  • Translation or editing of contents.
  • Assist in the drafting of technical and editorial documentation.
  • Upload of content on the website or other content management tools, such as Trello, etc.
  • Summary/analytical tasks, assessing audience and communications impact.
  • Support the creation of appropriate SEO reports.
  • Web mastering, editing and graphic design.
  • Assist in maintaining and improving the Web ecosystem (knowledge of programming languages and sysops skills are required).


  • Translation of press releases and media advisories.
  • Preparation of daily press briefings.
  • Preparation of content to the press; sending of press releases; update of mailing lists.
  • Support for special on-site events.


  • Participate in shooting and post-production.
  • Organize and catalogue images

Publishing and Branding:

  • Provide editorial and technical assistance on publication projects.

  • Help in photo research and sourcing for publications and brochures.
  • Contribute to projects linked to promoting the UNESCO brand.
  • Assistance on IPR issues including open access, co-publishing and licensing agreements as well as responding to permissions requests.
  • Supporting the internal quality control process including checking author contracts as part of ISBN process.

UNESCO Campuses:

  • Assist in the organization of thematic on-site or online conferences-debates for middle and high school classes around the world, incl. liaising with attendees and administrative support.
  • Undertake research of schools around the world and contribute to the enrichment of a database.
  • Participate in the development of a communication strategy and preparation of contents for social networks and UNESCO Campus web page.

Green Citizens Initiative:

  • Drafting of articles for the Green Citizens platform and Newsletter.
  • Contribution to the improvement of the platform’s SEO for the digital communication of the campaign.
  • Contribution to the development of relations with universities/student’s associations to generate volunteering proposals to align with UGC projects. Assist in tasks related to communication partners. Elaboration of visibility reports (website/social media/press).
  • Find speaking opportunities for Green Citizens (events, media etc).

UNESCO Courier (magazine):

  • Assistance in selecting, editing and publishing articles, pictures, videos via the new media.
  • Review existing articles and assist with the translation and page layout online.
  • Communicate with partners and facilitate the readership to the magazine.
  • Contribute to development of a distribution network.
  • Assist in the promotion and marketing of the magazine.


Knowledge of project management and UNESCO actions Application of communication techniques Advanced web architecture Strengthen writing skills Use of design software Use of Content Management Handling Press relations Teamwork Build up interpersonal skills in a multicultural environment

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Accountability (C)

Communication (C)

Innovation (C)

Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)

Planning and organizing (C)

Results focus (C)

Teamwork (C)

Professionalism (C)

For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.


Age: You must be at least 20 years old to apply.

Academic qualifications:

At the time of your application to the internship programme: You are currently enrolled in a graduate programme (Master’s degree, PhD, or equivalent, second university degree or higher). You have recently graduated with a Master’s degree or PhD (or second degree as defined above), 12 months prior to the start of the internship.

Please note that candidates who have completed their full-time bachelor’s degree but are not enrolled in a graduate programme are not eligible to apply.

Applicants in secretarial/assistant or technical/professional assignments must be enrolled in a secretarial school or in a specialized technical/professional institution, and must have reached the last year of their studies, or have recently graduated (within the last 12 months) from their school or institution.


You should have an excellent command, both written and spoken, of English or French. A working knowledge of the other language (English or French) is an asset, and may be required for internships in secretarial and assistantship assignments at the Headquarters.

Computer skills: You must have an excellent knowledge of computer systems and office-related software.

Team player:

You should be able to work well in a team and adapt to an international working environment.

Communication skills:

You should possess strong interpersonal and communication skills.


UNESCO does not remunerate interns. There is no compensation, financial or otherwise for internship assignments.

Interns are entitled to 2.5 days of leave per month during their internship.


The UNESCO Internships Programme is open in January and July each year. Candidates shall apply to the vacancy that matches their personal expertise and domain. Candidates who successfully applied to the vacancy will stay in the intern talent pool and will be further assessed and selected by relevant hiring managers. The candidature will be valid for 6 months. Candidates who have been selected will be contacted directly by the relevant hiring manager. Those who were not selected for an internship in the current cycle will need to reapply to the internship programme when the new internship vacancies are released.


  • Have your motivation letter and résumé ready before filling out the application form. You only have one hour to finish the process.
  • Make sure your contact details will be valid in next 6 months.
  • You can only use either English or French in applying.
  • Please provide an unofficial French or English translation of your documents if they are not in these languages.
  • UNESCO does not remunerate interns. There is no compensation, financial or otherwise for internship assignments.
  • Even if you are eligible, there is no guarantee of placement. We receive more applications from qualified candidates than we can place.
  • Your application will be further accessed by UNESCO managers around the world and will stay in our internship portal for a period of six months.
  • We do not respond to each and every candidate. If selected, you will be directly contacted by the manager. If you do not receive any update within six months, it means that your application has not been successful.
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