UN Internship: Communication Affairs Intern

UN Internship: Communication Affairs Intern

Intern – Communication Affairs

Job Opening ID: 236691
Job Network: Economic, Social, and Development
Job Family: Economic Affairs
Category and Level: Internship, I-1
Duty Station: New Delhi, India
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Date Posted: Jun 13, 2024
Deadline: Nov 30, 2024

UN Internship: Communication Affairs Intern
UN Internship: Communication Affairs Intern



Work Location:
New Delhi, India

Expected Duration:
The internship at the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) is for a minimum of two months, with an opportunity to extend for no more than six months if required by APCTT.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The intern will work with designated staff of the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) to support the implementation of the Centre’s substantive work programme. The work programme broadly involves developing and promoting regional mechanisms and platforms on the transfer of technologies, especially new and emerging technologies such as climate technologies, renewable energy, artificial intelligence, and climate-resilient infrastructure. The programme also includes organizing knowledge-sharing and capacity-building events with policymakers, experts, and research institutions in the aforementioned areas, and carrying out analytical work to assist ESCAP member States in Climate Change, Environment, Innovation, Sustainable Development, Environmental Journalism, and International Relations related to science and technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

The intern will support the implementation of the organization’s strategies in these areas, including working on communication products. The intern will collaborate with the APCTT team to shape, package, and deliver knowledge products that drive further recognition for APCTT’s work. The nature of the assigned work will depend on the intern’s academic and professional background and their area of interest, meeting the requirements of the Centre’s work programme. Interns will be provided with specific Terms of Reference (TOR) relevant to their assigned programme area.

UN Internship: Communication Affairs Intern

Internship Details:
The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.

Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background, the intern’s assigned office, and the internship period. Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Supporting the organization of innovation challenges and events
  • Assisting in knowledge management and communication functions
  • Developing ideas to improve and make the technology database on the website more interactive and real-time
  • Creating engaging social media content and exploring new digital tools for better outreach
  • Providing administrative, organizational, and conference management support for ESCAP-APCTT events
  • Undertaking other activities as decided by the supervisor

Learning Opportunities:
During the course of the internship, ESCAP-APCTT provides interns with opportunities to enhance their understanding of:

  1. Challenges related to national innovation systems in the Asia-Pacific region
  2. Processes of regional and multilateral cooperation
  3. Mandates and operations of the United Nations in developing countries and countries with special needs, in efforts to provide policy advice, capacity building, and platforms for governments to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Under immediate supervision, the intern will contribute to the technical cooperation project(s) related to the work programme of ESCAP-APCTT for implementing the SDGs. The topic of the project will depend on the intern’s background, skills, and interests.


  • Research Skills: Ability to search for suitable material from the internet and other sources, collate texts into usable forms, and prepare presentations.
  • Communication: Ability to draft clearly and concisely, with good written and oral language skills.
  • Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals.
  • Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided as ‘clients’ and seeks to see things from clients’ points of view.
  • Planning & Organizing: Allocates appropriate time and resources for completing work and monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary.
  • Creativity: Keen attention to detail and excellent multimedia production skills.

Work Experience:
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme but should be computer literate in standard software applications. Familiarity with science, technology, innovation, renewable energy, climate change, and artificial intelligence is desirable. Data handling skills and proficiency in using spreadsheets and Excel are also assets.

Potential candidates will be contacted directly by the hiring manager for further consideration.

Special Notice:
A completed online application (Cover Note and Candidate Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. The Cover Note must include:

  • Degree Programme (current field of study or field of study for graduates)
  • Graduation date (when the applicant will graduate or graduated)
  • List of IT skills and programmes the applicant is proficient in
  • Top three areas of interest of the candidate
  • Explanation of why the candidate considers themselves suitable for the internship
  • Explanation of interest in the United Nations Internship Programme

In the online Candidate Profile, applicants must include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references. Please note that due to the large number of applicants, it is not possible to reply to each application, and only short-listed applicants will be contacted for further consideration.

UN Internship: Communication Affairs Intern
UN Internship: Communication Affairs Intern

Qualifications/Special Skills:
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one or more of the following requirements:

a) Be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) in Climate Change, Environment, Innovation, Sustainable Development, Environmental Journalism, International Relations related to science and technology, or any other related area; or
b) Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s degree or equivalent); and
c) Have a good understanding of climate technologies; experience with web-based research, excellent written communication, and networking skills.

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the internship. Knowledge of an additional official UN language is an asset. The official languages of the United Nations Secretariat are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.

Additional Information:
United Nations Considerations:
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe they have been involved in such acts.

The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including profiting monetarily, socially, or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. “Sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. “Sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or perceived to cause offence or humiliation when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment. Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request to support their participation in the recruitment process.

By accepting a letter of appointment, staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General, who may assign them to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). Staff members in the Professional and higher category up to and including the D-2 level and the Field Service category are normally required to move periodically to discharge functions in different duty stations under conditions established in ST/AI/2023/3 on Mobility. This condition of service applies to all position-specific job openings and does not apply to temporary positions.

Applicants are urged to carefully follow all instructions available on the online recruitment platform, inspira, and refer to the Manual for the Applicant for detailed guidance. The evaluation of applicants will be based on the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and applicable internal legislation of the United Nations, including the Charter, resolutions of the General Assembly, Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances, and guidelines.

Applicants must provide complete and accurate information regarding their personal profile and qualifications. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision, or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application. Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

Intern Specific Text:
Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation, and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions. Interns who are not citizens or permanent residents of the country where the internship is undertaken may be required to obtain the appropriate visa and work/employment authorization. Successful candidates should discuss their specific visa requirements before accepting the internship offer.

No Fee:
The United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, or training). The United Nations does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

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UN Internship: Communication Affairs Intern
UN Internship: Communication Affairs Intern



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