Translation and Communication Intern

Location : Beijing, CHINA
Application Deadline :18-Jun-23 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
English   Chinese  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 months

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) China is the China country office of United Nations Development Programme – the global development network of the United Nations. UNDP China has an extensive history in working in the area of poverty reduction and human development and it also increasingly engages in South-South cooperation projects. 

The Communications, Innovation and Partnerships team of UNDP China promotes greater understanding and visibility of UNDP’s work by utilizing various communications tools. Fully engaging with the media, social media and leveraging on a strong network of Public-Private Partnerships, the team leads the design, management, and implementation of UNDP’s overall communications strategy, including design and roll out high-impact, multimedia campaigns; programme-oriented communications products; media relations and key events; localization of global content for Chinese audiences; and publications on critical development issues. On the innovation front, the team is facilitating and prototyping innovative solutions and experiment with new ways of working to tackle complex development challenges outside the traditional development cycle.

Duties and Responsibilities


The intern, under the guidance and supervision of Communication and Innovation Officer of Communications, Innovation and Partnerships team of UNDP China, will carry out the following duties and responsibilities:

1. Translation and Interpreting (both E to C and C to E)

  • Translates various communications materials, including the translation of Op-ed, press release, speech, and other media/social media related articles;
  • Translates various project related documents such as ProDoc, annual work plan, concept note, event programme, etc.;
  • Translates reports and other internal and external publications;
  • Provides interpreting service to high-level visits and events as requested by the office;

2. Communications (both in English and Chinese)

  • Monitors media exposure, drafts media summaries and conduct basic analysis;
  • Drafts social media (Weibo, WeChat and/or other platforms) articles and posts; 
  • Assists in the preparation of communications and public-private partnerships outreach materials (i.e. PowerPoint presentations, brochures, etc.);
  • Assists in conducting research, compiling background materials, statistical data and briefing notes for advocacy/outreach activities and media events;
  • Assists in on-site event support (i.e. press conference, video shooting, etc.).

3. Other Ad Hoc Task Forces Requested by the Supervisor.




  • Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems in south-south cooperation area
  • Ability to develop sources and conduct data collection using various methods
  • Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis
  • Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, and work under pressure
  • Showing pride in work and in achievements
  • Showing persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges


  • Speaking and writing clearly and effectively in both Chinese and English
  • Communicating effectively with team members
  • Adjusting language, tone, style and format to match the audience
  • Demonstrating openness in sharing information and coordination


  • Working collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals
  • Willing to learn from others and positively share ideas

Required Skills and Experience

Education and Experience

Degree in development-related field such as international relations, development studies, sociology, political sciences or environmental studies is desirable.

Candidates must meet one of the following educational requirements:

  • Enrolled in a Master's or in a PhD programme
  • In the final year of a Bachelor’s programme;
  • Or within one year after graduation from a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD programme,
  • Or be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program and undertake the internship as part of this program


Language and Skills

Language skills:

  • English and Mandarin Chinese required, particularly reading and writing;
  • Knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.

IT skills:

  • Knowledge and a proficient user of Microsoft Office productivity tools;
  • Skills with PhotoShop or other design/video software would be an advantage.


Please submit your application with below documents in one PDF. For people who apply from UNDP Jobs, please note that the system will not accept the uploading of more than one document so please merge or scan all your documents into one prior to uploading.

a)     CV and letter of motivation

b)     Copy of school transcript

c)     Indicate if you will be financially supported by any institution or programme, such as a university, government, foundation or scholarship programme, and the financial amount.

*Candidate who didn’t submit required documentation will not be further considered.



  • Interns must provide proof of enrolment in health insurance plan and medical certificate of good health prior to starting the internship. Any cost arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship assignment will be the responsibility of the intern.
  • The stipend will be paid monthly. Interns will have 1.5 days of leave per month.
  • Interns are responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed; Cost and arrangement for travel, visas, passports, accommodations and living expenses are the responsibility of the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or the intern.
  • Interns must not apply for or be appointed to a position that should be encumbered by a staff number during the period of their internship. Interns are expected to fulfil the terms of their internships. Therefore, the internship must not be foreshortened for the purposes of allowing an intern to apply for a position.
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.

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