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Media Relations Intern

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United Nations Development Programme(UNDP)

New York City, NY

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Provide support during the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) conference in March 2018, the largest gathering of women’s rights and civil society organizations in the world, as well as the United Nations General Assembly which will take place in September.

Actively expand and maintain the media contact database

Research and add media contacts to UN Women’s database, as well as updating existing contacts, as needed

Support media outreach

Keeping abreast of relevant news and UN Women activities or programmes in the field, suggesting topics for news or feature story coverage

Develop ideas and write features for the website

Research and support for media interviews and materials

Fact-checking, analyzing, and drafting material for external communications

This includes providing support in the production of communications materials such as factsheets and press releases

Other tasks as requested by the Communications Team



Held colleagues and team members accountable for planned goals and competency standards;

Practiced giving and receiving constructive feedback.

Client Orientation

Proactively informed clients, preventing loss of time and errors;

Responded to questions, resolved problems, and helped provide accurate information to clients;

Identified, understood, and addressed client needs.

Commitment to Learning

Learned about agency, its processes, structure, challenges, and environment;

Contributed to knowledge sharing.


Produced communication products (written and oral);

Interpreted key messages for and from clients with cultural sensitivity.

Planning and Organizing

Developed work plans;

Implemented activities in a timely manner, met deadlines.


Coordinated work and roles with other team members;

Supported goals of the team;

Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.

Functional Competencies:

Experience in communications, advocacy, public relations, journalism, media and press relations;

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 studied communications, journalism, public relations, media or any other similar subject at the master’s 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); or have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.


Fluent in spoken and written English (Spanish, Arabic or French is a plus)

Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required;

Interns are not financially remunerated by UN Women.

Application Information:

UN Women will only be able to respond to those applications in which there is further interest;

Application process:

Please email the following as ONE single document (print out the separate documents (if needed), and scan as one single PDF) in the following order:

Internship Programme Application Form

[please do not hand-write the answers]


Cover letter

2 writing samples (ideally of their own coverage of women’s issues/ or an example of a communications material you have drafted e.g. press release)

2 letters of recommendation

Email this PDF to

by January 22, 2018, 8pm EST.

Once the candidate has been selected, the following additional documents need to be submitted:

Letter of enrollment from school/ college

Scanned visa document/scanned passport document if no visa is required

Scanned medical insurance document

Note: Candidates are responsible for obtaining their own work permit for the United States of America.

UN Women Internship Policy:

Applicants to the United Nations internship programme must at the time of application 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) or;

Have graduated with a university degree (as above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within one year.

UN Women 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;

UN Women 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 a health insurance plan, proof of school enrollment, a scanned copy of his/her passport, two letters of recommendation, and application.


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.

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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.

Company Profile
UNDP works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results. This is a critical time for the world. At UNDP, we see this period as a huge opportunity to advance the global sustainable development agenda. Last year, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to continue the work of the Millennium Development Goals. UNDP is working to strengthen new frameworks for development, disaster risk reduction and climate change. We support countries' efforts to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals, or Global Goals, which will guide global development priorities for the next 15 years. UNDP focuses on helping countries build and share solutions in three main areas: Sustainable development Democratic governance and peacebuilding Climate and disaster resilience In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable. The annual Human Development Report, commissioned by UNDP, focuses the global debate on key development issues, providing new measurement tools, innovative analysis and often controversial policy proposals. The global Report's analytical framework and inclusive approach carry over into regional, national and local Human Development Reports, also supported by UNDP.

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