Internship Opportunity and Background

The Decentralized Cooperation Programme (DCP) of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) offers an internship/traineeship programme for young professionals or fresh postgraduate students. The working experience is designed to allow interns/trainees to strengthen their knowledge and gain practical experience in the corresponding field.

DCP provides training to local actors to enhance their capacity to achieve sustainable development at the local level, including the Millennium Development Goals. At the core of the training activities are workshops and seminars that are implemented through a network of regional associated training centres for local actors – the CIFAL Network – as well as e-learning courses.

The Internship/Traineeship

DCP is now accepting applications from qualified applicants interested in working for a minimum of three months on a full-time unpaid basis at UNITAR headquarters in Geneva.

The intern/trainee will assist in developing communication and marketing tools for CIFAL Centres.Individual work plans will be designed in accordance with specific terms of reference, which also highlight learning objectives as the internship/traineeship is intended to allow trainees/interns to develop specific skills and competences.

Tasks assigned to the intern may include the following:

·         Developing visual/marketing materials

·         Designing and developing an online library/repository for CIFAL Centres to access training materials and resources 

·         Designing newsletter templates

Skills Required

The intern/trainee should possess good web design and development skills, working knowledge of design editing tools (such as AI, Dreamweaver), practical skills with HTML, and readiness to learn new IT tools in order to be able to develop an on line library/tool.


Applicants should have a solid background in one or more of the following fields:

  • Web design and development
  • Design
  • Communications

Or have an interest in those subjects


Proficiency in English is essential. Knowledge of another UN language will be considered an asset.

Internship/traineeship term: three to six months.

The internship/traineeship programme is normally on a full-time basis but part-time arrangements can be agreed upon depending on both the requirements of the programme and the availability of the intern.

Indicative starting date: 17 February 2014 (or earlier)

Deadline for application: 31 January 2014

How to apply

Send your CV and motivation letter to evelyn.avalos@unitar.orgindicating “Internship” in your subject line.