INTERNSHIP: Communication & Information Sector


Duty Station: Headquarters, Field Offices, and Institutes

Type of contract : Internship

Duration of contract : 1 to 6 months

Recruitment open to : External Candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 31 December 2024



UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism



The Communication and Information Sector’s mission is to promote freedom of expression, media development and media literate societies, and to build knowledge societies through fostering universal access to information, innovation for sustainable development and the preservation of documentary heritage. 
(The role of the internship position does not include responsibility for UNESCO's wider external communications, which is managed by the Division for Communications and Public Engagement.).

Areas of activity covered by the Communication and Information Sector include (not exhaustive):

  • Supporting Freedom of Expression, access to information and the safety of journalists
  • Empowering societies, citizens and youth through Media and information Literacy
  • Supporting the development of free, diverse and gender-inclusive independent media
  • Promoting open access to information for all and supporting linguistic diversity
  • Fostering innovation and an inclusive digital transformation in the service of sustainable development 
  • Protecting, preserving and promoting access to the world’s documentary heritage
  • Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic:  Addressing disinformation and ensuring access to reliable information for all in times of crises


The Intern will have the opportunity to learn and support the overall work of the Sector’s mission.
Activities will vary depending on the requirements of the assignment. Specific Terms of Reference and learning objectives will form part of the contract.
The work entrusted to interns falls under one or more of the following categories as per the requirements/needs of each team.

Programme and Project Support:
•    Participate in the preparation and review project documents.  Draft notes and prepare technical annexes.
•    Prepare conceptual framework / concept notes on new areas of work or development challenges.
•    Collect, organize and analyze data.
•    Contribute to the production/preparation of documents, working papers, and conceptual framework/concept notes on area of work or development challenges.  
•    Assist in the development of technical support in the development of new interventions or projects.

Research and Knowledge Management: 
•    Undertake specific research and reviews to produce well defined aspects or segments of work products, including publications, documents and project proposals.
•    Contribute to the preparation of knowledge and communication products, materials for advocacy and outreach, related to area of work.
•    Participate in meetings and seminars.

•    Analyze and compile background data for potential partnerships and fundraising events and opportunities. Arrange briefings, visits, tours, meetings and other related activities to support collaborative activities.
•    Liaise and build networks with officials in national administrations, researchers, other international organisations and member country Delegations.

Operations Support:
•    Provide administrative and logistical support in the planning and organization of meetings, events, workshops, and conferences in coordination with other staff.
•    Support the preparation of specific budgets, financial and accounting documents, and project documentation and evaluation.


Understand the approach to developing and managing communication and information projects

Understand multilateral processes.

Carry out data  analyses as it relates to communication and information.

Design of policy briefs , using a variety of approaches including tools such as case studies, group discussion work, facilitator input and individual reflection.

Gain insight into development and implementation of communication and information projects

Understand the context of global policy making in the field of communication and information projects, including role of international organizations through their work in setting standards, facilitating knowledge exchange, providing policy advice, enhancing human and institutional capacities and facilitating cooperation.

Understanding international project management through learning-by-doing approaches.

Developing domain knowledge in the field of communication and information projects

Acquiring and strengthening skills in research, writing and communication.

Developing soft skills such as stakeholder management, problem-solving skills, interpersonal skills and work ethic.

The intern will also gain an understanding of the overall work of UNESCO and be given an opportunity to develop soft skills of the UNESCO Competency Framework, in particular teamwork, flexibility, communication and client-focus.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Accountability (C)
Communication (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
Professionalism (C)


For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.



You must be at least 20 years old to apply.

Academic qualifications:

At the time of your application to the internship programme:

You are currently enrolled in a graduate programme (Master’s degree, PhD, or equivalent, second university degree or higher).
You have recently graduated with a Master’s degree or PhD (or second degree as defined above), 12 months prior to the start of the internship.

Please note that candidates who have completed their full-time Bachelor's degree but are not enrolled in a graduate programme are not eligible to apply.

Applicants in secretarial/assistant or technical/professional assignments must be enrolled in a secretarial school or in a specialized technical/professional institution, and must have reached the last year of their studies, or have recently graduated (within the last 12 months) from their school or institution.  


You should have an excellent command, both written and spoken, of English or French. A working knowledge of the other language (English or French) is an asset, and may be required for internships in secretarial and assistantship assignments at the Headquarters.

Computer skills: You must have an excellent knowledge of computer systems and office-related software.

Team player:

You should be able to work well in a team and adapt to an international working environment.

Communication skills:

You should possess strong interpersonal and communication skills.


UNESCO does not remunerate interns. There is no compensation, financial or otherwise for internship assignments. 

Interns are entitled to 2.5 days of leave per month during their internship.


The UNESCO Internships Programme is open in January and July each year. Candidates shall apply to the vacancy that matches their personal expertise and domain. Candidates who successfully applied to the vacancy will stay in the intern talent pool and will be further assessed and selected by relevant hiring managers.  The candidature will be valid for 6 months. Candidates who have been selected will be contacted directly by the relevant hiring manager. Those who were not selected for an internship in the current cycle will need to reapply to the internship programme when the new internship vacancies are released.


  • Have your motivation letter and résumé ready before filling out the application form. You only have one hour to finish the process.
  • Make sure your contact details will be valid in next 6 months. 
  • You can only use either English or French in applying.
  • Please provide an unofficial French or English translation of your documents if they are not in these languages.
  • UNESCO does not remunerate interns. There is no compensation, financial or otherwise for internship assignments.
  • Even if you are eligible, there is no guarantee of placement. We receive more applications from qualified candidates than we can place.
  • Your application will be further accessed by UNESCO managers around the world and will stay in our internship portal for a period of six months.
  • We do not respond to each and every candidate. If selected, you will be directly contacted by the manager. If you do not receive any update within six months, it means that your application has not been successful.