View Vacancy - Communications Intern (CHEG22.570)

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UK Mission
Communications, Press and Media

Who are we? 

The United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations (UN), World Trade Organisation (WTO) and other organisations in Geneva represents the interests and policies of the UK across a range of multilateral issues.

The internship offers a unique opportunity to join the Communications Team and to develop your communications skills in an international context. The focus will be on social media and digital communications but you will also gain experience across the full range of communication disciplines – media handling, stakeholder engagement and more. 

This is an exciting internship where creativity, a passion for social media and political awareness can be combined to deliver engaging content in support of important policy goals. 
The Mission works with the full spectrum of organisations/agencies in Geneva on issues including human rights, global health, trade & economic issues, humanitarian and more.

Your work will be varied: one week you could be supporting the the UK’s priorities at the Human Rights Council and the next week you could be working on a WTO Ministerial Conference. Whilst we strive to be as proactive as possible with our communications, the nature of our work means that we are looking for someone who can also thrive in a reactive, fast paced environment.    

The UK Mission is already recognised as a leader when it comes to the effectiveness of our social media outreach and engagement. The successful candidate will build on our strong reputation and help us to ensure that we are continuing to innovate. The team is small which means that we give our intern a lot of responsibility and stretching work. There will be some administrative work but this is minimal. 

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Social and digital media:
    - content creation, publishing, management of channels, evaluation – 60%
  • Media monitoring and reporting – 30%
  • Opportunity to get involved in other areas of the Mission’s work (depending on your interests) – 10%
  • Fluent written and spoken English (C1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages);
  • Social media:
    - a strong interest in, and prior experience of managing, social media channels such as Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn (personal use counts)
  • Education:
    - candidates will ideally have a higher education qualification;
    - our previous interns have had academic backgrounds in media, communications, journalism, public relations, international relations and political science apply;
    - candidates without a qualification but with equivalent professional experience will also be considered. 
  • Motivation:
    - a strong interest in communications, media, multilateral institutions (UN, WTO etc) and/or relevant policy areas (human rights, global health, international trade etc)
  • Written communication skills:  
    - we need someone who is competent and confident in writing for different audiences, with a high degree of accuracy
  • Flexibility:
    - our work is fast moving and priorities can shift suddenly. We are looking for someone who can be agile. If you enjoy variety, then this role will suit you perfectly. 
  • Willingness to undergo a mandatory security check. 
  • Graphic design and production skills e.g. Photoshop, Canva or similar
  • Video production and editing skills e.g. Adobe Premiere Elements or similar 
  • Photography and videography 
  • Fluent written and spoken French (C1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages);
Changing and Improving, Communicating and Influencing, Delivering at Pace, Seeing the Big Picture
27 November 2022
Full-time, Intern, Fixed Term
11 months
Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
UK Mission to the Office of the United Nations, Geneva
International Organisation Delegation
13 February 2023

This Internship will be for a period of 11 months.

The UK Mission will offer the intern a monthly training allowance of 1,450 CHF. Please note that interns will need to arrange and pay for their own travel and accommodation, as well as any other living costs and are subject to Swiss taxes. 

Where applicable, we encourage successful applicants (if from Europe and UK) to obtain an Insurance Card (EHIC or GHIC) prior to entering Switzerland.

The Mission offers a contribution to the payment of travel insurance for the duration of internship, in place of Private Swiss Health Insurance that includes health & accident cover for all interns.

The final appointment and commencement of internship will be dependent upon successful security clearance.

Visa/work permit requirements: Candidates must currently hold the independent right to live and work in Switzerland and be prepared to ensure that right remains throughout the scope of the contract.

United Kingdom, European Union and EFTA nationals do not require visa sponsorship along with Nationals of: Brunei Darussalam, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Principality of Andorra, Principality of Monaco, San Marino, Singapore and Vatican.

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you meet the legal requirements to live and work in this country.

Please note that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”. We advise you to allow enough time to complete and submit your full application, since only applications completed and submitted before the deadline will be considered.

Please be aware that the deadline for submitting applications is considered to be the time zone for the country where the vacancy has arisen.

Interviews will be held remotely (TEAMS).

Please be advised that the UK Mission will not be able to support any cost during the Recruitment and Selection process, Security Check nor the costs connected with relocation if offered a job.

*Please note for more information on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment  levels  please click on the following link CEFR. Please bear in mind in case you are invited for an interview your language skill is going to be assessed.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.