Graphic Design and Communications Intern

Location : Copenhagen, DENMARK
Application Deadline :26-Jan-21 (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
Expected Duration of Assignment :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.


UNDP is the UN Development Programme and works in some 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. UNDP helps countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results. In 2017, UNDP is continuing to work to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as they help shape global sustainable development for the next 15 years.

The UNDP JPOSC/TAPP is an end-to-end human resource service centre. It administers several young talent programmes, including the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme whose overall goal is to provide young professionals the opportunity to gain experience in the field of international development cooperation, and as such to build capacities for the global development sector, while providing UNDP and other UN organizations with young talent with promising professional development.

Under the authority of the TAPP/JPOSC Manager and the supervision of the above-mentioned staff member, the intern will contribute to the development and the maintenance of client-oriented services, and ensure that the JPOSC follows a model of excellence.


Training and Learning:

  • As a full member of the TAPP/ JPOSC team, the intern will:
  • Participate in in-house training opportunities as applicable
  • Learn the structure, mechanisms, policies and practice areas of UNDP
  • Participate in dedicated trainings and UNDP online learning tools
  • Strengthen his/her effective writing and visual communication skills
  • Participate in working groups

Internship Stipend:

Since 1 January 2020 UNDP interns are provided a monthly stipend to cover costs associated to the internship. The stipend amount varies from duty station to duty station. The amount can also vary depending if a selected candidate receives financial support from a nominating institution, related institution or government. For Copenhagen, this stipend is an equivalent of $1000 per month (exact amount to be confirmed).


Duties and Responsibilities

Graphic Design (90%)

Create and apply consistently UNDP’s employer branding guidelines to all internal and external communications assets and knowledge products such us:

  • Social Media posts and stories, newsletters, posters, brochures, presentations, one-pagers & infographics
  • Ad-hoc graphics for team presentations, outreach and projects
  • Create digital assets (photo, animation, infographics) for UNDP’s Career Website and JPOSC web
  • Provide support in big data presentation through visual tools
  • Help developing written and audio-visual material for the JPOSC website and other promotional activities


  • Assist in managing our Social Media platforms, targeting the various stakeholders to the JPO Programme (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn & Instagram)
  • Assist in advertising of JPO and SDP vacancies through our Social Media channels
  • Research relevant content and stories to post on JPOSC’s Social Media platforms, and keep track of the key performance indicators (KPI’s) for each network

Outreach and Data

  • Support the design of the quarterly bulletin reporting on JPOSC/TAPP news and key statistics in a visual format
  • Assist in updating the JPO and SARC Database (Microsoft Access)
  • Outreach to new and former JPOs and members of the JPO Alumni Association (JAA) (yearly recruitment campaign and yearly directory)
  • Provide support in data analysis and statistics (Excel)

Other tasks (10%)

  • Conduct research for various best practices depending on projects at hand
  • Support to any ad hoc activities related to the JPO Programme
  • Provide support in the pre-departure briefing of JPOs 


Core competencies:

  • Communication
  • Delivery
  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • People Management

As an applicant, you should be able to demonstrate an interest in the field of development and respect the principles of the United Nations Charter and UNDP's mission. The desire to work with and gain the confidence and respect of people with different language, national and cultural backgrounds is an essential part of working in the UN system. You should also be interested in global mobility, as well as adaptability to varied physical and other environments.


Required Skills and Experience

Graphic design skills: Very good knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite. Working knowledge of Illustrator and InDesign are essential requirements. Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro and After Effects are highly desirable.

Communication: Ability to summarize a large amount of information and translate it into a visually compelling product for a public audience.

Language skills: Fluency in English is required. Good working knowledge of French and/or Spanish is an asset.

Academic requirements:

Interns are selected on a competitive basis. Applicants to UNDP internships must at the time of application meet one of the following academic 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 above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.

Important information:

  • With consideration for the ongoing COVID-19 context and its implications on working arrangements in general, the selected candidate is expected to start his/her internship between March 1st and August 30th, 2021 but flexibility to come early for in-house training would be appreciated.
  • Interns are personally responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging my travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed. 


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