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.
At the July 2012 Family Planning summit in London, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Gates), the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), national governments, donors, civil society, the private sector, the research and development community, and others from across the world came together to support the right of women and girls to decide, freely and for themselves, whether, when and how many children they would have. The Summit called for unprecedented global political commitments and resources from implementing governments and pledges of US$2.6 billion from donors that will enable 120 million more women and girls to access contraceptives by 2020. Reaching this goal could save the lives of more than 200,000 women and girls in pregnancy and childbirth and nearly 3 million infants in their first year of life.
A key outcome of the Summit was the development of Family Planning 2020 (FP2020). FP2020 was created to support the achievement of the overall Summit goal and the individual commitments made by enhancing the work already being done. Led by a 25-member Reference Group, guided in-country through our Focal Points, and operated daily by a Secretariat hosted by the UN Foundation, FP2020 strives to advance access to family planning information, services and contraceptives under the guiding principles of rights, quality, equity, and voluntarism.
The intern works primarily across three teams: the Communications team, the Advocacy and Adolescent and Youth team, and the team managing the Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM). The intern will support the Executive and Reference Group teams in the lead up to key engagement opportunities for the Fall, to include the Nairobi Summit, which marks the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25).
Background in communications/social media preferred.
Benefits and Compensation
The United Nations Foundation offers unpaid semester-long full and part-time internships. We are 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.