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Intern, Universal Access Project


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 Universal Access Project (UAP), a project of the United Nations Foundation, convenes an innovative community of donors and NGOs in a coordinated effort to protect and strengthen the largest source of funding for international reproductive health and family planning – U.S. foreign aid. 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.

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.

Internship Expectations 

As an Intern for the Universal Access Project, duties and responsibilities may include:

  • 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: 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.

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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