Internship in Switzerland in Public Information at the UN 2021

Internship in Switzerland in Public Information at the UN 2021

Switzerland 27 Apr 2021
United Nations

United Nations

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The United Nations is offering a Public Information Internship for final-year students and graduates from all around the world to join the team in Geneva, Switzerland for 2021.  

This internship is intended for students enrolled in the final year of an undergraduate degree or a graduate program in a law or counication related course.


Responsibilities include working for the protection of all human rights for all people, helping empower people to realize their rights; and assisting those responsible for upholding such rights in ensuring that they are implemented. Daily responsibilities of Public Information interns will depend on the individual's background and duties may include but are not limited to researching current human rights issues to aid media and public information outreach and, in particular, the intern may:

  1. Conduct media monitoring and compiling daily media clippings of news coverage of the work of the Office, the Treaty Bodies and Special Rapporteurs.
  2. Helps with preparation of material for press conferences and bi-weekly press briefing by the Spokesperson.
     Assist with setting-up and running events.
  3. Research and assist with providing material for a range of media platforms.
  4. Assist in researching material for speeches.
  5. Perform other related duties requested by the supervisor, as appropriate.

Eligibility criteria:


  1. Shows pride in work and in achievements.
  2. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter.
  3. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.
  4. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns.
  5. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges.
  6. Remains calm in stressful situations.


  1. Speaks and writes clearly and effectively.
  2. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately.
  3. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication.
  4. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience.
  5. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


  1. Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals.
  2. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise.
  3. Is willing to learn from others, and places team agenda before personal agenda.
  4. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position.
  5. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Client orientation: 

  1. Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients" and seeks to see things from clients' point of view.
  2. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect.
  3. Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions.
  4. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems.
  5. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects.
  6. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


  1. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first-level university degree program (i.e. Bachelor's degree or equivalent degree).
  2. Be enrolled in a graduate school program (i.e. Master's degree or equivalent degree, or higher) or have completed an aforementioned academic degree, preferably in the area of law, communication, journalism, international relations, public administration, political science, social sciences or a related field, AND, if selected, must commence the internship on the date indicated on the acceptance letter.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is an asset. Knowledge of another United Nations official language would be an advantage (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish).

About the United Nations:

The United Nations (UN), was established in 1945, is an intergovernmental organization responsible for maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations, achieving international cooperation, and being a center for harmonizing the actions of nations. It is the largest, most familiar, most internationally represented and most powerful intergovernmental organization in the world.

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