Communication Support Interns at the United Nations (UN)

Communication Support Interns



Job Opening ID: 228159|Location:Abuja|Employment|Type: Internship|Duration: 2 – 6 Months | Job Network: Public Information and Conference Management|Job Family: Public Information|Category and Level: Internship, I-1|Department / Office: Department of Global Communications


 Duties and Responsibilities

  • The United Nations Information Centers (UNICs) belong to the Information Centres Services (ICS), Campaigns and Country Operations (CCOD) of the Department of Global Communication (DGC).
  • The UNICs are the principal sources of information about the United Nations system in the countries where they are located.
  • They are also responsible for promoting greater public understanding of, and support the aims and activities of, the United Nations by disseminating information on the work of the Organization to people everywhere, especially in developing countries.
  • The Department of Global Communications internship is for two months with an opportunity for extension, pending on the needs of the department and availability of intern.
  • The internship is UNPAID and full-time. 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.
  • 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

  • Monitor the media for news stories of interest to the UN and assist to prepare press bulletin
  • Assist in public information projects of UNIC, UN Communication Group and the UN Country Team
  • Assist in producing social media plans and campaigns, as well as explore more potential online initiatives to raise visibility of UN works
  • Assist UNIC in maintaining its social media channels
  • Conduct research, survey; and draft and/or update on-line content for the UN Digital Library in Abuja, project dashboard, inquiries, the UN website and social media, with guidance from subject matter experts and relevant substantive focal points
  • Assist in the organization and execution of events to mark UN days observances, press conferences, media launches, campaigns, educational outreach or exhibitions
  • Help design various information materials, including publication covers, presentation templates, flyers, infographics and social media visuals
  • Help take photos of events, when required and provide assistance in managing the photo library
  • Provide assistance in shooting and editing film videos, mix sound and slideshows, if required
  • Provide general office support (e.g. processing correspondence, maintaining files, records, and/or contact directory/databases, organizing meetings, taking meeting minutes, etc.)
  • Perform other related administrative duties, as required.


Qualifications / Special Skills

Please note that to qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme,  applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree  or equivalent, or higher);
  • Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree  programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent).
  • Applicants must also: 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 UN Charter.
  • 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.
  • Applicants are not required to have professional experience for participation in the programme.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English is required for the internship.
  • Knowledge of any of the three Nigerian major local languages (Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba) is desirable

 Closing Date: 18th Febuary, 2024.


How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


Additional Information

  • A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required.
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The Cover Note must include:

  • Degree Programme (What are you currently studying?)
  • Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?)
  • List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
  • List your top three areas of interest.
  • Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship.
  • Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.
  • In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.
  • Due to the high volume of applications received ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

Intern Specific text

  • Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations.
  • Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions.
  • Interns who are not citizens or permanent residents of the country where the internship is undertaken, may be required to obtain the appropriate visa and work/employment authorization.
  • Successful candidates should discuss their specific visa requirements before accepting the internship offer.

No Fee

  • The United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, or training). the united nations does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank account


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