The UN Secretary-General established the UN SDG Action Campaign to inspire people and organizations from all backgrounds and every part of the world to take actions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, while holding decision-makers to account for progress society-wide. The UN SDG Action Campaign is hosted and supported by UNDP and is based in Bonn (Germany) with a lean team that marshals rapid support for new initiatives as opportunities arise and provides partners with on-demand strategic creative services that inspire SDG action with an engaged community of activists and concerned individuals.

Through compelling and creative SDG outreach and communications, the UN SDG Action Campaign serves UN Member States and the United Nations whilst bridging thinkers and doers from civil society, local governments, think tanks, the arts and culture, the media and the business world. It mobilizes individuals to champion the SDGs in homes, communities and beyond. At a moment of acute crisis in our world, the UN SDG Action Campaign seizes opportunities to rethink messaging, call to action and reorient policymaking towards the Goals.

Through tailored advocacy and communications, the Campaign builds powerful networks that reach millions worldwide, urge decision-makers to act and impel momentum. We use data, technology and innovation to empower people with the knowledge and tools to become actively involved in supporting their governments with SDG implementation and to continue to involve as many people as possible in the decision-making process.

Within the above context, the UN SDG Action Campaign is offering an internship position to support the communications team.


Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities

Under the direction of the Communications Specialist and the Communications Analyst, the incumbent is expected but not limited to:

Provide creative direction and multimedia content creation support: 

  • Support in developing UN SDG Action Campaign digital strategy and social media content plan
  • Support creating monthly social media content calendars
  • Promote SDG brand awareness and advocacy priorities and programs on social media channels such as TikTok, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube
  • Independently develop creative and fun video concepts, as well as edit videos suited for the TikTok and Instagram platforms to targeted audiences
  • Map influencers and identify opportunities to co-create with them to promote UN campaigns
  • Lead day to day monitoring and management of UN SDG Action Campaign TikTok account, including posting content, monitoring content performance
  • Adapting TikTok trends in an innovative way to create fun and creative videos that are on trend, adhering to key messages

Provide design and communications support: 

  • Support Communications team in creating multimedia content, gifs and animations using Canva and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Design and adapt dynamic and engaging digital visuals for websites, social media channels, data visualizations, infographics, dashboards, icons, newsletters, events material 
  • Provide support on quality control and proofreading of design assets 
  • Assist with social media scheduling and analytics using Hootsuite and Keyhole
  • Support on drafting announcements/ blog posts for UN SDG Action Campaign key initiatives such as the UN SDG Action Awards and the Global Week to #Act4SDGs
  • Support with the organization and management of various Trello Boards 
  • Collect footage for highlights videos 
  • Support with captioning social media videos using Happy Scribe



  • In-depth understanding and proficiency of video content creation, as well as supporting apps such as TikTok and Instagram
  • Previous video editing experience
  • Keen eye for stunning, impactful visual assets
  • Strong interest in SDGs
  • Creative open-minded team player with strong initiative and a willingness to learn
  • Fluent English language skills

Learning opportunities for the intern

  • General understanding of the work and mission of the UN SDG Action Campaign
  • Learn about the SDGs and its global mobilization as well as the processes to achieve the goals
  • Hands-on experience with the preparation and implementation of a UN programme as well as with communications and social media outreach
  • Insight into Campaign and Event work
  • Experience working in an international organization and in a multicultural environment

Required Skills and Experience


Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

  1. Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher)
  2. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent)
  3. Have recently graduated with a university degree (as defined in (1) and (2) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation
  4. Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program and undertake the internship as part of this program


  • Experience in video content creation
  • Experience in project management
  • Familiarity with the UN system in general  
  • Familiarity with SDG’s and Agenda 2030 
  • Language:

  • Proficiency in English
  • Knowledge of one of the other five official languages of the UN (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) would be an asset
  • Conditions

  • Intern will be given monthly stipend in accordance with the provisions of the UNDP Internship policy, which applicants should become familiar with prior to signing an UNDP Internship Agreement Form . Where an intern is financially supported by an institution, government or third party, UNDP will, subject to the rules of such institution, government or third party, pay the intern the difference, if any, between the external financial support provided and the applicable UNDP Stipend.
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship;
  • All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring government or institutions;
  • The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment within the UN System, but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.
  • Candidates who are shortlisted for an interview must submit prior to the interview the following documents:

  • Official letter from the University confirming enrollment in a graduate-level degree programme
  • Sample portfolio of creative strategy and content creation and links to social media profile/s such as TikTok, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook is preferred

Only a successful candidate will be required to submit the following documents:

  • A copy of the applicant’s most recent resume or curriculum vitae;
  • A letter from his/her university confirming current enrollment and graduation date;
  • A copy of his/her school transcript;
  • A letter of recommendation from a professor;
  • A signed UNDP Internship Agreement;
  • A Medical Certificate of Good Health;
  • Proof of medical insurance including provision for medical evacuation and removal of mortal remains or life insurance;
  • Copy of valid residnet and work permit for Germany       

(The Campaign does not provide a working visa for this position)