The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. We work with partners to integrate qualified, highly motivated and well supported UN Volunteers into development programming and promote the value and global recognition of volunteerism. UNV is active in around 130 countries every year. With Field Presences in over 60 countries, UNV is represented worldwide. UNV is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

UNV is headquartered in Bonn, Germany and has approximately 130 staff positions – with some positions in six of its Regional Offices and in different Field Units around the world, and in other Headquarters locations (e.g. New York and Tokyo).

The External Relations and Communications Section builds and nurtures corporate donor relations, strategically leads the donor resource mobilization platform and conducts coherent communications efforts to highlight the value of volunteerism for peace and development and the contributions of UNV and UN Volunteers.

The intern (Partnership Communications) will have the opportunity to learn about UNV external relations, the work carried out by UN Volunteers with UN agencies in the field to advance peace and development, and to contribute to publicizing and promoting UNV and UN Volunteers’ work through the creation of communication and multimedia materials for internal and external use.

This internship is a perfect fit for a student of communications, journalism, public relations, marketing, political science or international development, looking to expand her/his career in the field of corporate communications.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Partnerships Development Specialist, External Relations and Communications Section, the intern is expected to contribute to:

  • Support drafting of fully funded UN Volunteer stories, and other partner stories for the website.
  • Support the development of the 2023 Full Funding Annual Report;
  • Support the implementation of the partnership and fully funded UN Volunteers trajectory surveys;
  • Support tailoring presentations for external and internal audiences;
  • Support developing the 2024 external relations communication plan;
  • Support the design of general multimedia content for UNV’s social media channels such as graphics, videos and other multimedia materials;
  • Contribute to UNV’s communications efforts for partnerships with fresh ideas and innovative approaches.


Learning opportunities for the intern

  • General understanding of the work and mission of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, and the contribution of volunteerism to peace and development;
  • Hands-on experience with the preparation and implementation of communication and multimedia materials for an international organization, as well as with its editorial and outreach processes;
  • Insight into issues of partnerships and modern corporate communications;
  • Experience working in an international organization and a multicultural environment.


Achieve Results

  • Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline

Think Innovatively

  • Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements

Learn Continuously

  • Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback

Adapt with Agility

  • Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible

Act with Determination

  • Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident

Engage and Partner

  • Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion

  • Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

Required Skills and Experience

Qualifications & Experience

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Previous experience writing and/or editing content for internal and external audiences, social media or newspaper;
  • Experiences in developing graphic design and photo editing work using Adobe CC (Premiere Pro, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.);
  • Research abilities and strong interest and knowledge of global events;
  • Creative open-minded team player with strong initiative and a willingness to learn;
  • In addition to an excellent knowledge of English, fluency in another official United Nations language, particularly French and/or Spanish, is an asset.


Interns are selected on a competitive basis. Applicants to UNV internships must at the time of application meet one of the following academic 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 (a) and (b) 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.


General Terms and Conditions

  • UNDP Conditions of Service for interns apply for interns working at UNV Headquarters.
  • Where an intern is not financially supported by any institution or programme, such as a university, government, foundation or scholarship programme, a stipend intended to help cover basic daily expenses related to the internship, such as meals and transportation at the duty station, will be paid by UNV.
  • The monthly amount of the stipend will be determined based on the stipend rates published yearly by the OHR Policy and Compensation Unit. The stipend will be paid on a monthly basis and part-time internship arrangements are prorated accordingly.
  • The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNV but to complement an intern's studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.
  • UNV accepts no responsibility for the intern's medical insurance or for costs arising from illness during the internship. Interns are required to provide proof of medical insurance coverage.
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Short-listed candidates may be requested provide samples of their graphic design and video work, and to take a short written test and/or interview.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please upload your resume to the application.