Intern - Public Information

United Nations Secretariat, Brussels, Belgium

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st January, 2021

Job Description

Internship for the Nordic Desk at the United Nations Regional Information Center (UNRIC).
UNRIC represents the United Nations Department of Global Communication in Western Europe, supports the United Nations agencies in Brussels and cooperates with the European institutions.
The Center is organized in nine geographic and thematic areas, covers 21 countries in Western Europe and works in 13 languages. The Nordic Desk works together with all the relevant agents of the Nordic society - public institutions, Government, private sector, non-governmental organizations, civil society and the media. Our mission is to inform and involve the Nordics countries on major themes and causes of the United Nations.
The Center produces communication materials, supports partners with communications campaigns and events organization and answers questions from the public on all matters related to the Organization and its campaigns.
The Internship lasts 4 to 6 months and takes place at the UNRIC office in Brussels. (The internship may take place remotely if sanitary conditions require it).
The internship is UNPAID and full-time.
Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of the head of the Nordic Desk office.


The Intern may be responsible for the following duties:

  •  Media monitoring.);
  •  Maintaining content on official social media accounts and other official digital communication outlets;
  •  Creating and editing infographics or social videos for posting on official digital communication outlets;
  • Assisting in organizing events in Brussels and the Nordic countries;
  •  Contributing ideas to projects for enhancing the reach of official digital communication outlets, identifying opportunities to reach a wider audience;
  •  Monitoring the usage of website and Nordic social media accounts using analytics and other statistical tools and techniques;• Perform other related duties, as required.



 Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational 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.


  • Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


  • 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


To qualify for a UN internship, the following conditions must be met:

Applicants must 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 defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation;
  •  Be computer literate in standard software applications;
  •  Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the UN and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
  •  Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.


  • 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.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English and Danish or Finnish or Norwegian or Swedish is required.


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