Web and Social Media Intern

Location : Istanbul, TURKEY
Application Deadline :09-Apr-14 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :3 - 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.


Can you take bureaucratic jargon and turn it into plain English? Do you love web sites and have an affinity for good, creative writing? Do you know how to engage people with first-rate social media content?

The online team at UNDP’s Regional Centre for Europe and the CIS in Istanbul is looking for a web site intern, with highly developed English language editing, writing and tweeting skills to help us polish and create online content for our web site.

Duties and Responsibilities

What type of work will you be doing?
  • Cleaning up technical and programmatic text for online publication;
  • Pulling together complex information to create a simple and user friendly experience for our web visitors;
  • Identifying and following up on missing information;
  • Helping produce and edit stories for web and our blog promoting UNDP’s work throughout Europe and Central Asia;
  • Keeping up to date on new social media tools, best practice and how other organizations and companies are using them in order to identify new campaigning opportunities;
  • Supporting the management of UNDP’s regional presence on social media including regular updates and personal communications with fans and followers;
  • Helping manage multimedia digital content.
This is a great opportunity to learn about communications for development work, and you would be helping to articulate development results for UNDP in the region.

We are a friendly, forward thinking team that welcomes creativity and new ideas.


  • Articulate verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to thrive in a multicultural environment;
  • Commitment to the values of the United Nations;
  • Critical thinking.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Enrolled in a master degree or Phd programme.
  • Good understanding of development issues;
  • Clear and concise writing;
  • Experience writing or participating in blogs, online campaigns and social media – in particular Facebook and Twitter;
  • Familiarity with online platforms and social media outlets;
  • Ability to create a finished product;
  • Experience in developing and implementing online campaigns and/or marketing strategies;
  • Skills to build and maintain relationships with bloggers and key online outlets;
  • Ideally, some knowledge of the local innovation and social media scene in Istanbul, Turkey and/or Europe and CIS region.
Language skills:
  • Strong command of the English language, both written and verbal is required.

Please create one document which will contain both your CV and a brief cover letter. Upload this document into the appropriate section of the on-line application system.


Candidate who is selected for must submit the following documents:

  • Official letter from the University confirming enrollment in a graduate-level degree programme;
  • Letter of endorsement from a faculty member who has worked with the student in the recent past and who is knowledgeable on the student’s performance;
  • Complete and sign the “Application Form” which is available at http://www.undp.org/internships.

UNDP only accepts interns for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 6 months.

Interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP. The costs associated with the latter must be borne by the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or by the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his or her own arrangements for travel, accommodation, etc.

Proof of medical and life/accident insurance valid for the location in which the internship will be carried out.

Have medical and life insurance.

Subsequent Employment:

The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but to complement an intern’s studies.

Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.

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