United Nations Volunteers Communications Internship – Bonn, Germany

United Nations Volunteers Communications Internship – Bonn, Germany

Deadline: January 15, 2014

United Nations Volunteers (UNV) is now accepting applications for Communications Internship. UNV provides the opportunity for a limited number of internships at its headquarters in Bonn, Germany. The UNV Internship Programme offers the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to UNV’s work and is designed to complement development-oriented studies with practical experience in development and volunteerism. It may also complement other studies such as international relations, communications, media relations and social sciences.


Post: Intern (French/English), Communications Section
Department: Communications Section, Partnerships and Communications Division
Location: Bonn, Germany
Duration: Opportunity of three to six months
Starting date: beginning January/February 2014


  • Education: Completed undergraduate degree (Bachelor) and current enrollment in a Masters degree or equivalent. Only those students who will return to their studies upon completion of their internship assignments are eligible;
  • Field of study: Development-related fields such as economics, international relations, anthropology, sociology, public or business administration, or environmental studies. Other fields of study may be considered depending on the type of assignment;
  • Language skills: Written and spoken proficiency in English and preferably in an additional official UN Language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese);
  • Demonstrated interest in the field of development and the work of international organisations.

General terms and conditions

  • Interns are accepted throughout the year; for a period of normally two to four months;
  • Immediate family members of UNV staff are not eligible to apply.
  • Upon selection for an internship placement an ‘Internship Agreement’ is forwarded to the confirmed candidate for signature and returned prior to an agreed starting date;
  • The intern is required to keep confidential all information made known during his/her internship and may not publish any reports or papers on the basis of information obtained, except with the written authorization of the organization;
  • An intern undertakes to conduct himself/herself at all times in a manner compatible with his/her responsibilities as an intern.

Financial aspects, expenses and medical benefits

  • The Internship Programme operates on a non-remunerative basis. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of the intern or his sponsoring institution or government.
  • UNV accepts no responsibility for the medical insurance for the intern or for any costs arising from accidents and/or illness during the internship period. Applicants are required to provide evidence of adequate medical insurance coverage.
  • UNV is not responsible for any claims by an intern or third party in the case of loss or damage to property or death or personal injury as a result of actions or omissions on the part of the intern during the internship period.

Further career opportunities

  • The purpose of the Internship Programme is to complement an intern’s studies, not to lead to further employment with the organization. However, a number of interns, having completed their studies and met the necessary requirements, have gone on to further assignments with UNV, UNDP or elsewhere in the United Nations system.
  • There is no promise of employment upon completion of an internship with UNV. An intern is not entitled to apply for a regular position or hold a consultancy or contractor agreement with the organization either during the internship, or within the following six months.

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