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Intern, Communications, Global Health


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’s Global Health team works with campaigns and departments across the Foundation, UN agencies, and other partners to support initiatives on critical health issues, including the Post-2015 health agenda, children’s health and vaccines, and malaria.

The Global Health Team mobilizes resources and expertise to improve health for everyone, everywhere by:

  • Enabling the delivery of lifesaving vaccines and anti-malaria interventions to children and families;
  • Advocating for AIDS, TB malaria, vaccine preventable disease and family planning services;
  • Communicating about and raising awareness of some of the most pressing health challenges of our time, including antimicrobial resistance, climate change impacts, and emerging pandemic threats.

The Global Health Team also works to support the WHO and strengthen its engagement with civil society. We are a longstanding partner to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and a founding member of the Polio Advocacy and Communications Team. We work with a variety of other partners – including key UN health agencies, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria – to prevent disease, and help women, children, and families survive and thrive.

Internship Expectations


  • Support events management, logistics and planning for upcoming the United Nations General Assembly, global health replenishment efforts, and other high-level events in partnership with United Nations agencies and offices
  • Assist in development and execution of externally facing communications materials (e.g. blog posts, social media content, basic graphic design, etc.)
  • Provide research and writing support in the development of tools and materials to engage private sector donors around global health initiatives
  • Assist in additional research and writing as needed on relevant global health issues, prospective partners, and donors
  • Learn about United Nations agencies and other partners that are involved in implementation and advocacy for global health programming
  • As needed, support the development of relevant global health materials including briefing papers, memos, executive summaries, and presentations

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.
  • Candidates who are enrolled or have recently completed Master’s-level programs in Public Health, Public Policy, International Affairs and have an academic focus in health policy, health communications, health diplomacy and related topics are preferred.
  • Availability for a full-time internship is expected.
  • Candidate should have previous experience in events planning and management, the ability to communicate effectively and professionally with a variety of partners, and the ability to monitor and track event logistics in an organized and efficient manner.
  • Candidate should have previous experience in supporting and contributing to health-related communications efforts.
  • Candidate must have demonstrated record of commitment to work and completion of tasks by deadlines, with significant attention to detail.
  • Candidate should have demonstrated ability to conduct research through online and printed materials.
  • Candidate should have the ability to take initiative and be a self-starter.
  • Candidate must have demonstrated experience and success in working effectively and constructively in teams.
  • Candidate must have strong analytical, writing, and editing skills in English for diverse audiences.
  • Candidate should have advanced knowledge of and experience with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint). Graphic design or desktop publishing knowledge is a plus (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, MS Publisher).

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.


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