Social Media Intern

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Application Deadline :08-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 :6 months


UN Women Background:

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

Unit/ Project Background:

The Communications section at UN Women Headquarters in New York supports the positioning of women’s empowerment and gender equality as key issues on the international agenda and establishes UN Women’s role as the global authority in this context. This entails developing and promoting high-quality content, communicate about UN Women’s work through digital and social media and engage a global audience online. The Communications Section seeks to enlist a full-time intern to support with social media outreach.

The intern will assist the Social Media Manager in drafting messages for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn, producing visual assets, engaging UN Women’s social media audience, pinning photos on Pinterest, and monitoring all social media accounts.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Social Media Manager, the intern will specifically be responsible for the following:

  • Drafting messages for @UN_Women, @SayNO_UNiTE,, and other accounts:
    • Based on the media clippings, select the most interesting content, prepare draft tweets and schedule them for approval via HootSuite.
    • Research additional content on women’s empowerment and gender equality and schedule tweets via HootSuite.
    • Research interesting posts from partners and schedule retweets via HootSuite.
    • Actively expand the network of followers.
  • Cross-post selected Facebook content on LinkedIn.
  • Research strong photos for the UN Women Pinterest account and pin them.
  • Cross-post strong images on the Say NO – UNiTE Instagram account.
  • Monitor social media accounts:
    • Monitor mentions for retweeting.
    • Monitor the social media accounts for questions, and flag them to the Social Media Manager.
    • Monitor the social media accounts for negative comments, and flag them to the Social Media Manager.
  • Create simple visual assets (quote cards, GIFs etc.).
  • Support the Social Media Manager during Facebook Live/Instagram Live/Twitter Live events.
  • Support live tweeting from events.
  • Support preparations for social media outreach and implementation for International Women’s Day and the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).
  • Support social media engagement and Facebook Live interviews during the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).
  • Other tasks as requested by the Communications Team.


Learning objectives:

1. Increased understanding of UN Women’s work and the UN system;

2. Improved understanding of internal workings of Communications & Advocacy division of UN Women;

3. Increased awareness of social media platforms

4. Increased skills in social media content production;

5. Learning about the work of gender equality in an international environment;

6. Meeting and networking with UN Women colleagues in other units;

7. Work as a team member in a multicultural setting.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:

Functional Competencies:

  • Experience in digital communications or social media;
  • Experience in not-for-profit communications and advocacy work;
  • Keen interest in gender equality/ women’s issues;
  • Proficiency in communications, teamwork, planning and organizing, creativity and technological awareness.

Required Skills and Experience


  • The intern must have studies in journalism, communications, digital/social media, international relations or other similar subject at the university level.
  • 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 and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.


  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required; Working knowledge of French or Spanish is a distinct advantage.

Interns are not financially remunerated by UN Women.


In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment


UN Women Internship Policy:

1.) Applicants to the United Nations internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following 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) or (b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.

2.) UN Women internship programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship;

3.) All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring Government or institution;

4.) UN Women accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;

5.) The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;

6.) Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to positions in the professional and above category in UN WOMEN during the period of the internship or for six months immediately following the expiration date of internship;

7.) The intern must provide proof of enrollment in a health insurance plan, proof of school enrollment, a scanned copy of his/her passport, two letters of recommendation, and application

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