Graphic Design Intern

Application Deadline :13-Oct-19 (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 :3 - 6 Months
Expected Duration of Assignment :3 - 6 Months



The Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy (BERA) is responsible for UNDP’s external relations and advocacy functions. The Bureau leads and supports the organization in cultivating, building and nurturing strategic relationships and alliances that are essential for advancing and successfully achieving the mission of UNDP. These relationships encompass a wide range and number of key constituencies and development partners, that includes programme countries, existing and prospective donor countries/emerging economic powers, multilateral institutions such as the IFIs, the European Commission, civil society, the private sector, foundations, academia and think tanks, the wider UN system, various UN intergovernmental bodies, as well as global, regional and national media.

Within BERA, the Communications Group leads and manages external communications through strategy, media, digital communications, marketing, branding and global storytelling. The Digital and Online team is responsible for developing and maintaining UNDP’s digital properties including website, blogs and social media. 

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 manager, the Graphic Design Intern will support the team conceptualizing and creating web and social media visual assets for campaigns, events and other promotional purposes. 

Duties and Responsibilities

The interested candidate will:

  • Contribute with creative ideas to reach and engage different audiences;
  • Conceptualize and create digital communication products for different digital platforms in English, French and Spanish, including videos and infographics;
  • Propose and update designs for corporate promotional products;
  • Provide overall graphic design support to the Digital team.


Core competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards; 
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP; 
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability; 
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism; 
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

Functional Competencies: 

  • Proficient in main graphic design and photo editing software (Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop)
  • Ability to convert complex and abstract ideas into simple visual concepts
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task
  • Must be able to work in a multicultural environment and be aware of political sensitivities
  • Familiarity with main social media platforms


Required Skills and Experience


 Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent);
  • 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.


  • Experience in graphic design / multimedia design;
  • Experience designing compelling visuals for social media, including infographics and GIFs;
  • Motion graphic knowledge is a plus;
  • Working knowledge of brand principles and marketing is a plus.


Fluent in written and spoken English;
Knowledge of French or Spanish an asset


Must be available at least three 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, with link to the candidate’s digital portfolio (if available);
  • Please group all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.

Selected Candidates ( ONLY) will have to submit the following documents :

  • Letter from his/her university confirming current enrollment and graduation date;
  • Letter of recommendation from a professor;
  • Copy of his/her most recent school transcript;
  • Copy of passport;
  • A copy of US Visa if the intern is not a US Citizen;
  • Completed UNDP internship application form;
  • Signed UNDP Internship Agreement;
  • Medical Certificate of Good Health;
  • Proof of medical insurance and life 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

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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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