Intern - Public Information

International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, The Hague, Netherlands

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st September, 2021

Job Description

The internship is located in the Web Unit of the External Relations Office in the Mechanism’s Registry in The Hague, reporting to the Public Information Officer (Digital Communications). Applications for legal internships starting in autumn of 2020 in The Hague, Netherlands. The above job opening will be valid for one year and candidates will be selected on a rolling basis. Please indicate your preferred internship period in your cover letter.
The International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals ("Mechanism") is mandated to perform a number of essential functions previously carried out by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (“ICTR”) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (“ICTY”). In carrying out these essential functions the Mechanism maintains the legacies of these two pioneering ad hoc international criminal courts and strives to reflect best practices in the field of international criminal justice. The Registry provides administrative, legal, policy and diplomatic support services. The Web Unit manages the Mechanism’s digital communications


  •  Assist Web Unit staff in updating the Mechanism websites, including page-level content, official documents and other requested updates.
  •  Assist in digital communications campaign planning
  •  Develop text and research imagery for social media posts
  •  Create weekly web and social media campaign analytics reports
  •  Assist in developing multimedia content, such as graphics, photography and audio/video editing
  •  Assist in the creation of the daily media monitoring report
  •  Assist in general external relations activities, as required
  •  Other duties as assigned by the Public Information Officer (Digital Communications).



  • Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. Remains calm in stressful situations. Demonstrates commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work


  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Teamwork –

Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Creativity –

Actively seeks to improve programmes or services. Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs. Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas. Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”. Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things. Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.


Candidates for internships in the Web Unit of the External Relations section are required to be enrolled in, or have completed in the last 12 months, a relevant diploma/degree programme in communications, journalism, multimedia studies or similar. Knowledge of major social media platforms is required. Some competency in using Web Content Management software is desirable, (experience in Drupal is an asset). Knowledge of photography and/or audio/visual production is an asset. Applicants must be computer literate in standard software applications.


  • No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old.


  • English and French are the working languages of the Mechanism. For this post excellent written and oral English is required. Knowledge of French or B/C/S (Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian) is an asset.


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