United Nations Foundation

  • Communications Intern, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

    Job Location US-DC
    Global Health
  • Overview

    The United Nations Foundation links the UN’s work with others around the world, mobilizing the energy and expertise of business and non-governmental organizations to help the UN tackle issues including climate change, global health, peace and security, women's empowerment, poverty eradication, energy access, and U.S.-UN relations.


    The UN Foundation-hosted Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a public-private partnership that seeks to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. The use of open fires and traditional cookstoves and fuels is one of the world's most pressing health and environmental problems. Globally, three billion people rely on solid fuels to cook, which causes serious environmental and health impacts that disproportionally affect women and children. According to the World Health Organization, household air pollution from cooking kills over 4 million people every year and sickens millions more. The Alliance is working with its public, private and non-profit partners to accelerate the production, deployment, and use of clean cookstoves and fuels in developing countries.

    Working Relationships



    • Support the campaign’s communications efforts to help reach the Alliance’s overall goals
    • Help brainstorm content for the Alliance’s work; assist in writing and editing campaign content, including blog posts, social media content, and other campaign materials.
    • Assist in the monitoring of news about clean cooking, household air pollution and the Global Alliance, and help maintain the campaign’s media coverage archive and media lists.
    • Assist the communications team in researching and identifying key media contacts for appropriate campaign stories and events, and help maintain the campaign’s communications calendar
    • Learn how to design social media toolkits and graphics.
    • Support the campaign in updating materials and collateral with new messaging.
    • Assist the campaign in drafting fact sheets, press releases, media advisories, impact stories, and other communications materials.
    • Assist with Alliance events.
    • Support campaign through administrative tasks as needed.

    Selection Criteria

    • Intern must be enrolled in a degree-granting program during the internship or must be a recent graduate (within eight months of graduation) with a demonstrated interest in the UN and international development.
    • 20-40 hours per week is required for the internship.
    • Applicants should have an understanding of and experience with communications, journalism and/or public relations, social networking and blogging, and have their own presence on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
    • Background knowledge in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, International Studies, or Global Health preferred.
    • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
    • Experience in Word, Excel, Outlook, Photoshop and InDesign
    • Ability to take initiative and be a self-starter.
    • Strong organizational skills.
    • Ability to manage multiple tasks.

    Benefits & Compensation

    The United Nations Foundation offers unpaid semester-long full and part-time internships during the following:

    • Fall: September-December
    • Spring: January-April
    • Summer: June-August

    Please note that actual internship dates may vary slightly.


    Location: 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue Suite 300, Washington, DC 20006


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