United Nations Foundation

  • Intern, Climate Communications

    Job Location US-DC
  • Overview

    The United Nations Foundation works to support the UN’s ability to deliver on global progress for all, by building diverse communities of support from all sectors and geographies around key UN priorities and issues.


    The UN Foundation’s communications work on climate change, energy, and the environment spans the globe to support the UN’s efforts to meet the Paris climate agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. This internship, housed within the UN Foundation’s Public Affairs team, will support our involvement in the Global Climate Action Summit and the UN General Assembly, both in September, as well as help to position us to carry forward long-term messages around climate and the SDGs.


    The Climate Communications intern will provide logistical, outreach, communications, and events support to the Public Affairs team as we develop and execute global engagements, both in-person and digitally, around major moments in September including the Global Climate Action Summit, Social Good Summit, UNGA and others.


    In addition to building outreach lists of key partners and helping to track and support engagements, the Climate Communications intern will participate in and help shape the global digital activations in the lead-up to and through the Summit in September, with the ability to work on multiple priority issues at the Foundation.

    Working Relationships

    The Intern will report to the Senior Manager of Communications for Energy, Climate, and the Environment.


    • Assist in research, drafting, and outreach to global partners and influencers
    • Develop and shape messaging for digital toolkits, digital and in-person activations, etc.
    • Support the development of live programming and help build global digital activations to complement the Global Climate Action Summit and other key moments.  
    • Assist in logistical preparations of UN Foundation engagements, events, and meetings
    • Support the strategic communications goals of the UN Foundation and our partners as we create a messaging arc from the Global Climate Action Summit to the UN General Assembly week and beyond to 2019
    • Conceptualize and execute creative content including share graphics, infographics, etc. 
    • Other duties as necessary, including working across teams on short and medium term assignments.

    Selection Criteria

    • Candidate must be enrolled in a degree-granting program during the internship or must be a recent graduate (within 8 months of graduation) of a college or university with a demonstrated interest in the UN and international development.
    • Graduate student or recently obtained graduate degree preferred
    • Candidate is ideally expected to work full-time, though we are able to accommodate students’ schedules as needed.
    • Excellent research, writing, analytical and interpersonal skills.
    • Knowledge and understanding of digital platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) required
    • Previous communications experience a plus
    • Ability to take initiative and be a self-starter – while also contributing to a strong team environment.
    • Experience with supporting the planning and execution of events.
    • Fast and organized learner with attention to detail and ability to manage multiple tasks.
    • Experience with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).
    • Interest or experience in the United Nations, International Development, Sustainability, International Affairs and/or the non-profit sector.

    Other Information

    The United Nations Foundation is happy to host interns who are able to receive academic credit or a stipend through their college or university. However, please note that it is not a requirement in order to intern with us


    Location: 1750 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20006


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