United Nations Foundation

  • Intern, Universal Access Project

    Job Location US-DC
  • Overview

    United Nations Foundaiton Overview

    The UN Foundation (UNF) was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner's historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. UNF is an advocate for the UN and a platform for connecting people, ideas, and capital to help the United Nations solve global problems including decreasing child mortality, improving disaster relief, protecting diverse cultures and environments, creating a clean energy future, empowering women and girls, and improving U.S.-UN relations. UNF is a public charity that engages in advocacy, grant making, and building partnerships.


    Universal Access Project Overview

    The Universal Access Project (UAP) is a project of the United Nations Foundation, and works to empower girls and women by improving their access to reproductive health and family planning globally.  Our vision is a world where girls, women, and their families are empowered and healthy.  UAP partners with a community of donors and NGOs to strengthen U.S. support for access to reproductive health and family planning globally by:

    Advocating for more funding, better spent for international reproductive health and family planning;

    • Communicating the importance of reproductive health and rights, including family planning information and services, for women, families, communities, and global development; and
    • Convening organizations to increase coordination and enhance the overall strategy to improve advocacy.

    Working Relationships

    The Intern reports to and receives direction from the Senior Communications Manager, Universal Access Project. The Intern also provides support to and works closely with the entire Universal Access Project team, as well as other UNF teams working to advance the health and rights of girls and women.


    • Research: Assist the UAP team in doing research and writing for various team projects, including media scans, briefing notes, and other relevant reports. Research topics may include adolescent girls, sexual and reproductive health and rights, population, the intersections of population and the environment, and other issues aimed at advancing women and girls.
    • Advocacy and Communications: Learn about advocacy by assisting with outreach, including drafting correspondence and preparing background material for presentations, and representing the UN Foundation at relevant events.
    • Communications: Assist in communications efforts by monitoring and drafting materials for social media outlets, including Twitter. 
    • Strategy: Attend UAP and broader UNF meetings and strategy sessions as learning opportunities.
    • Writing and Proofreading: Assist with drafting correspondence and careful proofreading of a range of external documents.
    • Administrative Tasks: Assist members of the UAP team with routine administrative tasks, including updating the team contact lists, updating the website with relevant news and publications as needed, coordinating and planning internal team events, and note taking as requested.
    • Expected to work a minimum of 20 hours per week.

    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.
    • Background in women’s human rights, reproductive and sexual health and rights, global health issues, international development, or population and the environment is preferred.
    • The ideal candidate will possess a strong attention to detail, produce high-quality work, be a highly-motivated self-starter who takes initiative, and have the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
    • Candidate must have strong communication and interpersonal skills.

    Other Information

    The United Nations Foundation offers unpaid full and part-time internships. The Media & Editorial intern should be willing to start in early January 2019.


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