Communications Campaign Intern

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Location : Bonn, GERMANY
Application Deadline :15-Jul-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :3 Months
Expected Duration of Assignment :3 - 6 Months


The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme 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 80 countries, UNV is represented worldwide. UNV is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

UNV is headquartered in Bonn, Germany with five regional offices. In 2017, 6,501 UN Volunteers from over 100 different professions served with 35 United Nations

partners on the ground worldwide. The number of UN Online Volunteers increased to 17,893, with 23,000 assignments providing flexible solutions to 38 United Nations partners and 2,200 non-governmental organizations. Of all UN Volunteers, 83 per cent came from the Global South.

The External Relations and Communications Section (ERCS) 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.  ERCS leads and manages UNV’s corporate strategic partnership relations and alliances with Member States, intergovernmental, non-governmental organizations, financial institutions, civil society, academia, media, and the private sector to promote UNV’s mandate and initiatives, raise awareness and stimulate action to advance UNV’s global agenda and resource mobilization. With a view to promoting and advancing public understanding, ERCS leads the development of advocacy, information and promotional materials publications, websites, social media networks and other innovative means of communication.

The intern (Communications Campaign Intern) will have the opportunity to learn about the International Volunteer Day for Social and Economic Development (IVD), mandated by the UN General Assembly to be celebrated each year on 5 December, and about the role of UNV as the UN agency mandated to support and promote IVD celebrations worldwide. The intern will be able to contribute to the success of UNV’s IVD 2018 online campaign by helping in the campaign preparation and implementation.

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.

General Terms and Conditions

  • UNDP Conditions of Service for interns apply for interns working at UNV Headquarters;
  • The Internship Programme operates on a non-remunerative basis. Costs and arrangements for travel, visa, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of the intern;
  • 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 to take a short written test and/or interview.

We highly encourage women and individuals originating from the Global South to apply.  

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Communications Specialist, P4, the incumbent is expected to contribute to:

  • Research and document around the theme of this year’s campaign “Volunteers build resilient communities” drafting stories/examples for the IVD 2018 campaign web page and preparing audio-visual materials.
  • Preparing social media content with visuals and infographics;
  • Organize logistics for the IVD 2018 campaign;
  • Help with outreach to UN agencies and UNV stakeholders for participation and co-promotion of the campaign;
  • Assist with the preparation of an IVD 2018 event in Bonn;
  • Monitor, analyze and synthesize developments, press clippings and reports with regards to the IVD 2018 campaign.

Learning opportunities for the intern

  • General understanding of the work and mission of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, and of the contribution of volunteerism to peace and development effectiveness;
  • Learn about volunteerism globally and in specific country settings as well as the contribution of volunteerism and work of volunteers to build community resilience.
  • Hands-on experience with the preparation and implementation of a UN programme’s online campaign, as well as with its editorial and outreach processes;
  • Insight into issues of modern corporate communications;
  • Experience working in an international organization and in a multicultural environment.


  • Excellent oral and written communications skills in English;
  • Writing and/or editing experience for online and/or print publications;
  • Previous experience in communications and campaign management and/or organization of workshops/events;
  • Multi-media and social media skills;
  • 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 is an asset.

Required Skills and Experience

Applicants to UNV internships must at the time of application meet one of the following academic 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

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.

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