Digital Communications Intern

United Nations Secretariat

New York, United States of America

Experience: Internship

Skill Required: Media and Communication

Duties and Responsibilities

The internship is located in the Chinese Language Unit, Social Media Section, Campaigns and Country Operations Division of the Department of Global Communications. The section is responsible for social media activities of the Department of Global Communications and the integration of social media platforms, including social networking tools such as Facebook, Twitter, WeChat, Weibo, Tumblr, Flickr and YouTube, which are critical component of the Department's communications. Interns report to full-time professional staff in the Chinese Language Unit. We encourage candidates who can ideally commit to a full-time schedule for a minimum duration of three months and work with us in-person. Within delegated authority,

The public information intern may be responsible for the following duties:

  • Research, compile, draft and edit basic information for use in the preparation and production of Chinese social media content, often under tight deadlines.
  • Monitor and analyze statistics related to social media content.
  • Gather social media content at special events (film screenings, concerts, exhibits, etc.).
  • Assist in the creation of original content for social media platforms such as WeChat, Weibo, Kuaishou, and Bilibili etc.
  • Edit short-form and long-form video content for a variety of social platforms
  • Attend meetings as an observer.
  • Manage meeting agendas and draft meeting notes.
  • Assists with special projects as assigned.

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).

Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United 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 view.


  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively.
  • Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately.
  • Asks questions for clarification 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 Creativity:
  • Offers new and different options to solve problems.
  • 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.

Applicants to the UN Internship Programme are not required to have professional work experience. However, a field of study that is closely related to the type of internship that you are applying for is required. Applicants must be a student in the final year of the first university degree (bachelor or equivalent), Master’s or Ph.D. Programme or equivalent, or have completed a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PH.D. Programme. Do you meet any of the above criteria? If yes, please indicate which one and attach proof to the application. Please note that you will have to provide an official certificate at a later stage. Applicants must be computer proficient, including familiarity with MS Office applications (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook); and working experience with PC-based graphic design and video editing software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, iMovie, and Adobe Premiere. Additional knowledge with web and social media tools such as Drupal, Canva and Trello is an advantage. Ability to design PowerPoint presentation, surveys and polls is desirable. Strong analytical and writing abilities in Chinese are essential. Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further assessment and consideration.


  • English or French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the internship advertised, fluency in Chinese is required, Knowledge of another official language of the United Nations (Arabic, French, Russian and Spanish) or Portuguese, Kiswahili or Hindi is desirable.