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Intern - Public Information (Bonn)

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

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Expected duration

The internship is for a maximum of 6 months and designed to be in person and full-time.

Duties and Responsibilities

Created in December 1999, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) is the designated focal point in the United Nations system for the coordination of efforts to reduce disasters and to ensure synergies among the disaster reduction activities of the United Nations and regional organizations and activities in both developed and less developed countries. Led by the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (SRSG), UNDRR has over 140 staff located in its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and in regional offices. Specifically, UNDRR guides, monitors, analyses and reports on progress in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, supports regional and national implementation of the Framework and catalyses action and increases global awareness to reduce disaster risk working with U.N. Member States and a broad range of partners and stakeholders, including civil society, the private sector, parliamentarians and the science and technology community. The internship is for a maximum period of 6 months. The internship is UNPAID and full-time, in -person. Interns work five days per week under the supervision of the Website Officer in the Content and Channels team. This internship position is located in the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) in Bonn, Germany. The successful candidate will join three other colleagues from the Content and Channels team on the Bonn UN Campus.

The Intern will:

  • Perform Internet-based research to identify disaster risk reduction (DRR) content and sources for publication on in English (other languages, if applicable) to extend PreventionWeb’s coverage of country/region, thematic and hazard sections.
  • Enter relevant DRR documents, events, jobs, news and policy into the PreventionWeb’s Drupal content management system for publication on the website (keyword selection, abstract writing in English [other languages, if applicable], and web formatting).
  • Validate and enter relevant DRR source organizations and assist in maintaining their DRR organization profiles.
  • Assist in responding to PreventionWeb user comments and requests by sending appropriate communication and assisting in user experience research activities.
  • Undertake quality control of information as necessary, including analysis of gaps and targeted research.
  • Contribute to the improvement and development of the PreventionWeb editorial guidelines.
  • Identify content for promotion on social media and share it during the dedicated weekly meetings.
  • Assist in preparing social media content by drafting texts and short video scripts and designing cards.
  • Assist in reviewing social media analytics to identify and optimize performance of content. Perform online research on topics that may be of interest for various purposes such as social media promotion, presentations and briefs.
  • Store key pieces of information and data on Zotero.
  • Support, and participate in, other information management related tasks and projects matching academic background.

Qualifications/special skills

To qualify for an internship with the United Nations, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

a) Be enrolled in or have completed the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent).

b) Be enrolled in or have completed a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent or higher such as Master’s degree or equivalent, Ph.D. or postgraduate degree)

  • 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.
  • Be computer literate in standard software applications;
  • Have strong internet research skills;
  • Knowledge of basic HTML and photo, audio or video editing a plus;
  • Interest in disaster risk reduction issues;
  • 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.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and writtten English is required for this internship. Knowledge of French or Spanish is an advantage.

Additional Information

Due to the high volume of applications received, only successful candidates will be contacted

Intern Specific text

Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions. Interns who are not citizens or permanent residents of the country where the internship is undertaken, may be required to obtain the appropriate visa and work/employment authorization. Successful candidates should discuss their specific visa requirements before accepting the internship offer.

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