Finance Sector Hub Communication Intern, New York, United States

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: United States

City: New York, USA

Office: UNDP New York, USA

Closing date: Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Finance Sector Hub Communication Intern


Application Deadline : 13-Jan-21 (Midnight New York, USA)

Type of Contract : Internship

Post Level : Intern

Languages Required : English

Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start)


Duration of Initial Contract : 1 February - 31 July 2021

Expected Duration of Assignment : 6 Months

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is a global organization with 17,000 staff working in approximately 170 offices globally. The 2030 Agenda requires to shift from funding individual projects to helping countries mobilise financing for transformative sustainable development. UNDP will work with both governments and businesses to strengthen the environment and business practices for greater alignment with all dimensions of the 2030 Agenda.

UNDP SDG Finance Sector Hub (FSH) has been established to build upon the important existing work, address the challenges of financing the 2030 Agenda and maximize new opportunities. The Finance Sector Hub operates as a joint the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) and Bureau of External Relations (BERA) platform and serves as a connector, broker and global coordinator among internal and external actors; curates and manages UNDP’s catalogue of service offers to governments, investors and companies to significantly enhance the scale and impact of UNDP’s work.

The Finance Sector Hub works with colleagues from GPN, BERA and across all Bureaux as well as, with external stakeholders and partners. The Hub has multiple functions in advancing finance and the private sector strategy: (i) will serve as corporate "center of Excellence" and support Regional Bureaux and COs, as well as other global programs and units as part of the Global Policy Network; (ii) will host, develop and implement global projects, when appropriate and necessary; and (iii) will perform an external advocacy and representative role in relations with the Member States, donors, academia, civil society, private sector and investors as part of BERA’s partner outreach strategy. Please visit the UNDP SDG Finance Platform for more information

UNDP FSH seeks a graduate student with an interest in global development issues and communications to support the effective and efficient communication within the team, UNDP as well as external partners. This post will allow the opportunity to assist in developing communications strategies, communities of practices, and many other creative endeavors as well as supporting UNDP senior staff with their engagements.

The Communications Intern will work in close collaboration with all FSH team members under the supervision of the Knowledge Management and Communications Analyst and FSH Director.

Duties and Responsibilities

Support the development of briefing notes, speeches, and,

Support drafting press releases, op-eds and other text-based outreach materials,

Assist in producing communications materials such as stories, brochures and visual advocacy/informational materials such as info graphs, presentations highlighting the work and results of UNDP’s work in SDG Finance,

Ensure the UNDP SDG Finance Knowledge Platform ( is updated and fed with any viable content,

Supports the management and maintenance of the UNDP FSH virtual workspace,

Supports the facilitation of e-discussions and on/offline events; supports development of queries and discussion topics for members on FSH working areas within the Community of Practice,

Supports the development and implementation of UNDP events such as panels, retreats, webinars and other virtual events.


Excellent written and spoken English skills;
Good organizational skills;
Good inter-personal skills;
Strong analytical, reporting and writing abilities

Excellent computer literacy in standard software applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint);
Good research and analytical skills;
Sensitivity to political, cultural and national differences and adaptability to multicultural environments.

Required Skills and Experience

Education: Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or

be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or

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have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) in a degree programme in a relevant discipline (digital marketing, web management, graphic design, social media, communication) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation


Proficiency in Microsoft Office and its tools including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Experience in writing for the web, planning, and project and events management is desirable.

Experience in website management, content creation, digital communications is preferred.

Experience with web-based applications, basics of HTML, as well as video and photo editing and design software is preferred.

Language: Fluency in written and spoken English.


UNDP interns receive a monthly stipend during the assignment;
The intern can work from home;
The intern is expected to be reasonably flexible with call times as needed;
The intern must provide proof of enrollment in health insurance plan;
The intern must provide proof of university enrollment;
UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of the internship;
Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity;
Interns are expected to work full-time but flexibility is allowed for education programmes.

Applications: Please note the system only allows one attachment to be uploaded, combine all documents into one attachment.

Please provide the following documents to be considered:


motivational letter

samples showcasing your work on 1) content creation 2) writing and/or editing, 3) design if applicable (powerpoint, graphics, reports, videos).

Three shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview.

Subsequent Employment:

The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.

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