Intern - Web Assistant, New York
Intern - Web Assistant, New York

Job description

Organization:DPI - Department of Public Information
Category:Internship Programme
Grade: I-1
Duration: 2-6 Months
Deadline: 11 March 2017


Special Notice

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

The Cover Note must include

Title of degree you are currently pursuing.

Graduation Date (when you will be graduating from the programme).

List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.

List your top three areas of interest/department preferences.

Explain why you are the best candidate for that specific department.

Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.

In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references. Due
to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

Organizational Setting and Reporting

The internship is in the Web Services Section of the News and Media Division of the Department of Public
Information. The section is responsible for the design, development, maintenance and overall support of the UN's
flagship public Internet website, and many related sub sites that are managed by DPI.

The internship is for two months with an opportunity for extension up to six months, depending on the needs of the
division and availability of the candidate.

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.

Duties and Responsibilities

Conduct research on the web on thematic issues, adapt content for the web by rewriting or translating content
from English to another UN official language.

Assist in the updating of web sites in HTML, SHTML, CSS or on WordPress and/or Drupal.

Drafting, formatting, editing and posting original web site content/news stories, including graphics, photos and

Edit (provide subtitles or audio) to existing videos or producing short videos from existing videos.

Attend events in UN involving high level political leaders and celebrities, take pictures, videos and draft postings
for various social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Weibo etc.

Use multimedia communications and IT/web-related tools such as Adobe Creative Suite, web development
programming and scripting languages, such as PHP, HTML5, CSS3, and digital editing tools and social media to
perform tasks.


Applicants must: (a) be enrolled in a communications, information science, computer science, information
systems, media studies, journalism, or related field graduate programme; or (b) be enrolled in the final academic
year of a communications, information science, computer science, information systems, media studies, journalism,
or related field bachelor's degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent); or (c) have graduated with
a university degree in communications, information science, computer science, information systems, media
studies, journalism, or related field (as defined in (a) or (b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship
within a one year period of graduation.

Be computer literate in standard word processing and spreadsheets software applications such as Microsoft Word
and Excel or similar. 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 views.

Work Experiance

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.



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

Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

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


English or French are the working languages of the United Nations.

For the internship advertised, fluency in English as well as in one other official language of the United Nations (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is required.

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