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United Nations seeks Communications intern – Environmental Affairs

United Nations <1an d'expérience  Paris, Île-de-France, France 27 Juin 2017

Job Description

Communications intern – Environmental Affairs

Reference : 80789

The UN Environment, Economy Division, internship is for six (6) months, from January until June 2018 or from mid-June until mid-December 2018.

The internship is UNPAID and full time.

Interns work five days per week (37.5 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.  The overall  objective of the UN Environment’s Economy Division is to encourage decision makers in government, local authorities and industry to develop and adopt policies, strategies and practices and technologies that promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, make efficient use of natural resources, ensure safe management of chemicals and contribute to making trade and environment policies mutually supportive. It promotes the development, use and transfer of policies, technologies, economic instruments, managerial practices and other tools that assist in environmentally sound decision making and the building of corresponding activities ( The intern will report to the Economy Division’s Information Officer.


Under the supervision of the Information Officer of the Economy Division, the intern will assist in the preparation and update of various information tools to raise awareness among staff and other constituencies on the Division’s key activities and events. Daily responsibilities may vary depending on the intern’s background as well as the internship period. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Prepare daily press clippings
  • Regularly update information screens located in the entrance hall of the Division’s premises
  • Regularly update and provide suggestions to improve the Division’s Intranet
  • Prepare and circulate the Division’s newsletter twice a month
  • Design posters and other information tools
  • Participate in the organization of outreach activities in relation with World Environment Day, UN Staff Day or campaigns led by the Division
  • Undertake research work as required
  • Attend meetings on behalf of the Information Officer and draft related proceedings in English or French
  • Identify relevant ads and campaigns on the Web to be broadcasted on the information screens:



  • 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 position
  • Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings

Client Orientation:

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


Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
a. Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
b. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
c. Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.

  • Be computer literate in standard software applications.
  • Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the 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
  • Preferred area of study: Master in Communication (public policy related)


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
For this internship, fluency in oral and written English and French is required.

Your application for this internship must include:

1.  A Completed application (Personal History Profile) through the UN careers Portal.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.  In your Personal History Profile (PHP), be sure to include all past work experiences, IT Skills, and explain why you are the best candidate for the internship and what you hope to gain from the internship.

2. Proof of enrollment from your university (click on link to access and attach to your application:,

3. A certified copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated).

Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

Apply here!

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