United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - UNESCO

Job Overview

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  • Duty Station: Headquarters
  • Type of contract: Internship
  • Duration of contract: 1 to 6 months
  • Recruitment is open to: External Candidates
  • Application Deadline: June 30, 2024 (Midnight Paris Time)

UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism

Overview of the Functions of the Post:

The Internship in Communications and Public Engagement is within the Division for Communications and Public Engagement, reporting to the Office of the Director-General. Interns will assist in various projects of the Division, contributing to the implementation of UNESCO’s communication strategy and ensuring coordination and delivery of communications across multiple platforms.


  • Social media: Assist in preparation, drafting, translation, and editing of social media assets. Assist in graphic design, on-site interview filming, and post-production. Assist in newsletter creation and editorial scheduling.
  • Web: Assist in creating new websites, translation, drafting technical and editorial documentation, content upload, summary/analytical tasks, SEO reports, web mastering, editing, and graphic design.
  • Press: Translation of press releases and media advisories, preparation of daily press briefings, content preparation for press, and support for special on-site events.
  • Photo: Participate in shooting and post-production, organize and catalogue images.
  • Publishing and Branding: Provide editorial and technical assistance on publication projects, assist in photo research, contribute to projects promoting the UNESCO brand, assist in IPR issues and internal quality control processes.
  • UNESCO Campuses: Assist in organizing thematic conferences and debates, undertake research of schools worldwide, and contribute to communication strategy and content preparation.
  • Green Citizens Initiative: Draft articles, improve platform’s SEO, develop relations with universities, assist in communication tasks, and prepare visibility reports.
  • UNESCO Courier (magazine): Assist in selecting, editing, and publishing articles, communicate with partners, contribute to distribution network, and assist in promotion and marketing.

Learning Objectives:

  • Knowledge of project management and UNESCO actions
  • Application of communication techniques
  • Advanced web architecture
  • Strengthen writing skills
  • Use of design software
  • Use of Content Management
  • Handling Press relations
  • Teamwork
  • Build up interpersonal skills in a multicultural environment


  • Accountability
  • Communication
  • Innovation
  • Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement
  • Planning and organizing
  • Results focus
  • Teamwork
  • Professionalism

Required Qualifications:

  • Age: At least 20 years old.
  • Academic Qualifications: Enrolled in or recently graduated from a graduate program (Master’s degree, PhD, or equivalent), or in secretarial/assistant or technical/professional assignments.
  • Languages: Excellent command of English or French, with a working knowledge of the other language being an asset.
  • Computer Skills: Excellent knowledge of computer systems and office-related software.
  • Team Player: Ability to work well in a team and adapt to an international working environment.
  • Communication Skills: Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Education: Master’s degree (or equivalent) in communication, journalism, digital media, translation, intellectual property law, or environment.
  • Languages: Excellent knowledge of another UN official language (Spanish, Russian, Arabic, or Chinese).
  • Skills and Competencies: Good communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills; strong writing skills; creativity; attention to detail; competency in Photoshop; knowledge of Drupal.

Benefits and Entitlements:

  • Interns are not remunerated by UNESCO. No compensation, financial or otherwise, is provided for internship assignments.
  • Interns are entitled to 2.5 days of leave per month during their internship.

Selection and Recruitment Process:

  • The UNESCO Internships Program is open in January and July each year. Candidates apply to the vacancy matching their expertise. Applications remain in the intern talent pool for 6 months.
  • Candidates selected will be contacted directly by relevant hiring managers. Those not selected may reapply when new vacancies are released.

Keep in Mind:

  • Ensure your motivation letter and résumé are ready before filling out the application form.
  • Contact details should be valid for the next 6 months.
  • Use either English or French when applying.
  • Provide unofficial French or English translations of documents, if not in these languages.
  • There is no guarantee of placement, even if you are eligible.
  • If selected, you will be directly contacted. No response within 6 months indicates unsuccessful application.

Please note that applications must be submitted in English.


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