Communication Internship

United Nations Development Programme

Bonn, Germany

Experience: Internship

Skill Required: Media and Communication

The Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy (BERA) is responsible for positioning UNDP as the world’s leading global development agency, promoting its global authority and thought leadership on sustainable development and the interconnected issues of poverty, inequality, and climate change. BERA leads and supports UNDP in building and nurturing strategic relationships and alliances essential to achieving its mission. Creating strong political and financial backing for UNDP by providing partners and supporters with a clear understanding of what UNDP does and how our mission, capabilities and flagship services relate to them. The Bureau leads UNDP’s work on innovative and diversified partnerships and ways of financing the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. It is also responsible for global campaigns on critical development issues, which aim to inform government policies and build partnerships around high-impact solutions. BERA coordinates and sets corporate standards across the functions of partnerships, marketing and communications within UNDP and leads on internal communications.

The Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy is positioned around three service lines; Public Partnership; Advocacy, Marketing and Communications; and Private and Finance Partners, all working in close collaboration and coordination under the guidance of the Directorate and with the support of the Management Support Unit and Strategic Analysis and Engagement Team.

BERA has a robust network of Representation Offices (Brussels, Copenhagen, Geneva, Tokyo and Washington D.C.) and Regional Teams in five hubs (Africa, Arab States, Asia Pacific, Europe and CIS, and Latin American and the Caribbean) co-led with Regional Bureaux, all of which play a critical role in audience centric communications and management and strengthening of relationships with Public and Private Partners to help build a strong brand for UNDP within the local ecosystem.

In April 2021 UNDP opened a new Representation Office in Germany. The office is a reflection of the complementary agenda between UNDP and Germany and the shared ambition of supporting country-led efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals through the promotion of democratic governance, poverty eradication, stabilization and conflict prevention in fragile contexts and action on inequalities, climate change and the environment, making for a highly convergent partnership agenda.   The Office is expected to deepen the partnership with Germany, increase the visibility of UNDP and its work among German constituents and support UNDP at headquarter, regional and country levels in better positioning with German counterparts.

The office will cultivate, build and nurture strategic relationships including with parliament and its committees, Ministries, KFW, civil society, the private sector, foundations, academia, think tanks and the media.

The Office is located in Bonn with a satellite office in Berlin.

To support the Office in its communication efforts and help engage in dialogue with German counterparts, the support of an intern is required.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support the creation and uploading of content for the UNDP Germany website both in English and German;
  • Assist with the design and development of newsletters, fact sheets, brochures and other informational materials.
  • Assist in the organisation of events and communication opportunities.
  • Research and track relevant websites and social media channels as needed to feed content into the work of the UNDP Germany Office.
  • Assist in maintaining social media, especially Twitter.
  • Compile communication analytics

Required Skills and Experience:


  • Applicants to UNDP internships must at the time of application meet one of the following academic requirements:
  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) in Communications, Journalism, Public Administration or relevant field to the internship position
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
  • Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.
  • A Certification must be obtained from school to regarding status of enrollment or graduation.
  • Must have work authorization permit.


  • Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme, however, they are expected to have the following skills:
  • Research skills and able to fluently speak and write in German and English. Phone interview in German will be conducted for longlisted candidates.
  • Ability to work well independently and collaboratively
  • Previous experience managing a website and Twitter account an asset.