The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. On the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

At UNDP, external and internal communication—nationally, regionally and globally—is critical to achieving both development results and business objectives. Skillful communication broadens the impacts of new policies, helps governance reforms take root, and attracts and fosters strong partnerships. The Office of Communications at UNDP is at the forefront of advancing online communications and outreach within the organization.

Project Description

The Digital Communications team works closely with the other teams in the Communications group to ensure that the tone and visual representation of UNDP branded products are consistent. Reporting to the team’s Visual Designer, the Intern will support the team conceptualizing and creating web and social media visual assets (Gifs, infographics, carousels, collages, illustrations, etc) for campaigns, events and other promotional purposes.

Duties and Responsibilities

The interested candidate will:

  • Produce visual work that supports the implementation and achievement of UNDP’s Digital Strategy;
  • Create graphics (e.g. infographics, illustrations, animated GIFs) and other visual material for UNDP’s social media channels intending to influence and/or develop positive public perceptions of the corporate brand;
  • Design visually-engaging digital products including graphics and illustrations for single-page applications, microsites, and feature stories;
  • Participate in ideation and conceptualization of campaigns and promotion material;
  • Illustrate, animate and produce multimedia pieces to promote UNDP’s communication efforts in UNDP’s homepage.
  • Test and introduce new visual methods and ideas to advance UNDP's digital communications;
  • Perform other duties within your functional profile as assigned and deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the office.


  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to multi-task;
  • Attention to detail is crucial;
  • Responsible, responsive, and enthusiastic;
  • Interest in global issues and the United Nations;
  • Must be able to work in a multi-cultural environment and be aware of political sensitivities;
  • Solid knowledge of Adobe CC Package (Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects) and Figma.

Required Skills and Experience


Applicants must 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); 

(c) Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.


  • No working experience is required to apply for this internship. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship. Professional work experience, if any, will be considered a plus.
  • Proven experience in multimedia design for social media and web is preferred;
  • Proven experience in designing infographics is highly desirable;
  • Experience and proficiency with Photoshop, llustrator, After Effects and Media Encoder for 2D animation is preferred.
  • Ability to produce high quality products under tight deadlines;
  • Knowledge of and previous experience in UNDP/UN agency and/or similar organization is considered an asset.


  • Fluent reading, writing and speaking abilities in English are required.
  • A working knowledge of French and Spanish is desirable.


  • Must be available at least four days a week.

Application procedure

The application should contain:

  • Brief Cover Letter (in English) stating interest in and qualifications for the post;
  • Current and complete CV in English;
  • Please group all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.
  • A link to an online portfolio showcasing different design projects is desired.

Shortlisted Candidates must submit the following documents:

  • Official letter from the University confirming enrollment in a graduate-level degree Programme;
  • Proof of medical and life/accident insurance valid for the location in which the internship will be carried out. Selected intern must have medical and life insurance.

In case an applicant is successfully selected, s/he will be requested to provide electronic versions of:

  • letter from his/her university confirming current enrollment and graduation date;
  • copy of his/her most recent school transcript;
  • copy of passport;
  • completed UNDP internship application form;
  • signed UNDP Internship Agreement;
  • Medical Certificate of Good Health;
  • Copy of Medical Insurance

UNDP Terms & Conditions for Internship

  • Any individual hired under these conditions are not staff and therefore, are not
  • covered by UN Staff Regulations and Rules
  • UNDP internship Programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship
  • All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring Government or institution
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship
  • The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed
  • The intern must provide proof of enrollment in health insurance plan;
  • Interns are not considered staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity

The internship period shall not be foreshortened for the purposes of allowing an intern to apply for a position.