United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand
Closing Date for Applications:
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.
Interns will gain first-hand experience with regard to the United Nations ESCAP activities in the area of strategic communications as well as public information and media relations. They will also gain a greater understanding of how the ESCAP works and its range of activities in the Asia-Pacific region.
The internship is centred on assisting ESCAP Communications and Knowledge Management Section in discharging a range of strategic communications and public information as well as multimedia and information management tasks to raise the organizations visibility. The following responsibilities can be adapted, as appropriate, to fit each intern.
- Provide assistance in creating and updating web-site content;
- Provide assistance in the design and development of websites;
- Help initiate content for social media channels and explore more potential social media means to raise visibility of ESCAP work;
- Help take photos of events, when required;
- Carry out and/or initiate tasks/special projects;
In cooperation with the Communications Intern and Knowledge Management Intern, the Web/Information Management intern will also:
- Help monitor news clippings from local newspapers on global, regional and national issues for UN HQs;
- Provide research for backgrounders/information materials;
- Assist in the preparation of briefing sessions on the work of ESCAP and other UN agencies for UN Briefing Programme;
- Assist in the organization and execution of special events to mark UN observances, press conferences, media launches or exhibitions.
- 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
- 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
- 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
Technological awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology. Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office. Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks. Shows willingness to learn new technology.
- Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or 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, ; Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views. Knowledge of Adobe Creative Studio, Drupal, HTML and CSS are desirable.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required for the Internship Programme. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.
- Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.