The Department of Global Communications/Strategic Communications division is offering an internship programme for a minimum of two months full time basis with an opportunity for extension up to but not exceeding six months, pending the needs of the department or office to which they are assigned. Interns are not paid and are responsible for all expenses related to the internship.
The internship position is in the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Beirut within the Information Centres Service (ICS), Strategic Communications Division (SCD), Department of Global Communications (DGC).
The incumbent is under the direct supervision of UNIC's Director and/or the Public Information Officer (PIO).
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.
UNIC accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during an internship. Therefore, upon awarding an internship, candidates will be required to sign a statement confirming their understanding and acceptance of the conditions of service.
Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual's background; the intern's assigned office as well as the internship period. Duties may include, but are not limited to:
- Draft in English and Arabic media advisories, press releases, press reviews, talking points, statements, news stories, etc;
- Update on daily basis UNIC-Beirut's website and other social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, youtube, etc) with relevant UN news and events;
- Provide media support to events/campaigns organized by UNIC Beirut;
- Assist in organizing press conferences, meetings, briefings and other PR events by UNICBeirut;
- Assist in taking photos and videos for media coverage and archiving;
- Assist in other ad-hoc activities as instructed.
- Communication-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 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.
- Client Orientation-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.
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, 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 United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and Nations 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. For this internship, fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.