Social innovation and new media, Internship assignment

Location : Podgorica, MONTENEGRO
Application Deadline :01-Mar-15 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :up to 6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :March - September 2015

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.


Purpose of Internship Programme:

  • Provide a framework by which students from diverse academic backgrounds may be assigned to UNDP offices, where their educational experience can be enhanced through practical work assignments;
  • Expose them to an international environment;
  • Expose them to the work of the Organization with an objective of deepening their knowledge and understanding of UNDP’s goals, principles and activities; and
  • Provide UNDP offices with the assistance of qualified students specialized in various professional fields.

Internships will allow successful candidates to have an opportunity to work in a multi-cultural international organization.

In promoting sustainable human development, UNDP Montenegro supports the country’s European Union accession priorities, building on its global development network, access to innovative solutions, knowledge, experience and resources. We do so by (i) advancing democratic society and accountable institutions with greater citizens’ participation, (ii) building an inclusive society with equal opportunity to all citizens to reach their full potential and (iii) promoting green future through market transformation toward a low emission, resource efficient and resilient economy.

Assisting Montenegro in its key reform agenda and on the European accession path has and will continue to be at the core of UNDP work. In partnership with the government, NGOs, municipalities and other actors, we are focused on results in three main areas namely Democratic Governance, Social Inclusion and Sustainable Development.

The priority of UNDP operating within the framework of the “Delivering as One” is subsequently to help link policy with practice in addressing the challenges of sustainable human development and European Union accession, through policy support, technical assistance, innovation and knowledge management.

The “Delivering as One” is coordinated by the United Nations Country Team which focuses on three key priorities: social inclusion, democratic governance and sustainable economic development and environmental protection. Within such framework, the UN System merges its capacities, expertise and comparative advantages with the ones of the Government and national and international partners.

Duties and Responsibilities

Intern will provide support to UNDP Montenegro in day to day activities related to increasing transparency and accountability of the public administration through innovation and new media. Under the guidance and overall supervision of the Project manager for Transparency and Accountability, the Intern will be expected to carry out the following core responsibilities:

  • Provide assistance in various activities within implementation of the project components relating to: tackling grey economy, eliminating business barriers, and fostering social innovation for local and national development;
  • Provide assistance in organisation of various public and consultative meetings in the framework of the three mentioned projects;
  • Provide assistance in researching innovative practices for tackling grey economy, advancing opportunities for youth, social entrepreneurship, valorisation of cultural and historic heritage, including other areas as recommended by the Project Manager etc.;
  • Prepare stories and blogs from events and project milestones;
  • Active participation in creation of different UNDP Montenegro communications products like communications and advocacy strategies, life stories from the field, various visual products, think-pieces, blogs, OpEds, etc;
  • Assist in preparation of communications materials for conferences, forums and other events;
  • Proofread various kinds of materials (both in English and in local language);
  • Written and oral translation as needed.



  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UN/UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrates ability to manage complexities and work under pressure, as well as conflict resolution skills.

Required Skills and Experience

UNDP may accept interns providing the following conditions are met:


  • Student of Journalism, Communications, International Relations, Social Sciences, Law or similar field of study;
  • Not have graduated prior to the beginning of the internship;
  • Minimum of 8.0 grade point average on a 10.0 scale.


  • Experience in organising events and work with citizen engagement (specifically youth, NGOs, and academia) would be an advantage;
  • Experience in writing stories and using social media;
  • Ability to think strategically, learn fast, express ideas clearly and concisely, work both independently and in teams;
  • Ability to turn complex content into concise engaging stories, using simplified forms;
  • Ability to search, select, analyze and prepare youth-friendly information;
  • Ability to demonstrate self-confidence and sensitivity to gender and cultural diversity;
  • Excellent computer skills;
  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills with developed attention to details;
  • Excellent knowledge of local and English language, written and spoken;
  • Ability to work independently and in a team.

Duration of Internship Assignments:

  • Internship assignments vary in length according to the availability and academic requirements of the intern, as well as the needs of UN. However, they will normally last no less than six weeks and no more than six months. If an intern can prove that a nine-month internship will grant him/her an educational credit for one full school year, the internship may be exceptionally granted for a maximum total duration of nine months;
  • Internship assignments are available on a part-time and full-time basis throughout the year, depending on the availability of meaningful assignments and the needs and capacity of offices to receive and supervise interns.

Application Process:

  • Interested candidates are requested to submit their applications by March 1st, 2015 by using the Apply now button;
  • All applicants are requested to upload a duly completed Internship application form. To download the UNDP Internship Application Form, please click  here .
  • The application should contain:
  1. a duly completed UNDP Internship application form;
  2. a copy of the most recent resume or curriculum vitae;
  3. a letter from the university confirming current enrollment and graduation date;
  4. a copy of the school transcript;
  5. a letter of endorsement from a senior faculty member who has directly supervised the student in the recent past and who is fully acquainted with the student's performance; and
  6. a brief paper setting out the reasons why the student is seeking an internship with UNDP and what is expected from the experience.


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