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The United Information Centre as part of the Department of Global Communication and Strategy Division internship (DGC) invites you to be part of an internship programme during the second semester of 2019 until 30 January 2020.

This internship position is based at the United Nations Information Centre for the Caribbean Area, which is located in the city of Port of Spain. The incumbent is under the direct supervision of UNIC’s Director and/or the National Information Officer (NIO). He or she reports to the NIO of UNIC Port of Spain. UNICs are the principal sources of information about the United Nations system in the countries where they are located, they are also responsible for promoting greater public understanding of and support for the aims and activities of the United Nations by disseminating information on the work of the Organization to people everywhere, especially in developing countries.

The internship is for an initial period of two months with an opportunity for extension pending on the needs of the department. The internship is UNPAID and full time. Interns work five days a week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office.


Under the guidance of the Director and NIO of UNIC Port of Spain, the daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist in the production and delivery of information communications products and services;
  • Assist in the development and updating of internal databases, data-sharing and collaborative platforms.
  • Assist in the researching and compiling of basic information, and drafting of text, for use in the production of communications material about the UN.
  • Assist coordination of UNIC photographic records: produce digital imaging, write captions for UN photos, as required.
  • Assist preparation of material for, and participate in, meetings, briefings hm, and consultations with internal and external partners to develop communications activities.
  • Assist in the logistics coordination, writing, editing, post-production and distribution of UNIC multimedia material and products, including: participant communications, production material (cue cards, production lists, scripts etc.), selection and cataloguing of audio and visual materials.
  • Assist in development, updating and maintenance of UNIC online (web site and social media) platforms, including: drafting and editing of content; assisting implementation of strategies designed to widen the UNIC’s online audiences.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Communication: 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.

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.

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 client.


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
^ Applicants must 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 programme in journalism, communication, media studies, filmmaking, international relations or related field (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or
(c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation;
^ Be computer literate in standard software applications;
^ Have a 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.

Work Experience

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


English and French are working languages of the UN Secretariat. Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.


Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly for further consideration.

Special Notice

Please note that only online applications using the Inspira portal will be considered. Both a Cover Note and a Personal History Profile are required and must be completed in Inspira. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

All cover notes must include:

- Details about your degree Programme.
- Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?).
- IT skills and programmes in which you are proficient.
- List your top three areas of interest.
- Explain your interest in an internship with the United Nations Information Centre for the Caribbean Area

In your online Personal History Profile please include any previous volunteer or work experiences, as well as the names and contact information for three references.

Candidates not based in Trinidad and Tobago who are selected for this internship will be responsible for making their own travel and visa arrangements.

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


Posting Period: 01 October 2019 - 30 November 2019

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