Communications Internship

Applications procedure
    Tokyo, Japan
    UTC +9

    Organisational Unit: UNU Centre, Tokyo, Japan

    The United Nations University (UNU) Office of Communications in Tokyo is accepting applications for unpaid summer internships in the following specialty areas:

    • Social media
    • Writing/editorial
    • Media relations
    • Video production
    • Design and branding
    • Digital communications
    • Web development

    Overview and duration

    Selected candidates will be expected to spend a minimum of two months (between June and September 2018) assisting and supporting all aspects of the day-to-day work of the UNU Office of Communications. Longer internships are also available if desired.

    Interns will have an opportunity to contribute to several ongoing initiatives that provide a unique window into a UN HQ communications office, thereby gaining valuable experience in collaborative communications and project management in a multicultural, international organisation.


    Interns are anticipated to be university students enrolled in educational programmes or new graduates with a degree in journalism, marketing, communications, media, political science, public relations, web development, or another related field. The ideal candidate will:

    • have native or near-fluent proficiency in English (bilingual English/Japanese ability is a plus, but not mandatory)
    • have strong skills in one or more of the specialty areas listed above
    • have the ability to handle multiple tasks with great attention to detail
    • be confident, friendly, dependable, creative, self-motivated, and organised
    • be able to work independently and deliver on a set list of deliverables

    Candidates should preferably reside in the Tokyo area. UNU does not provide interns with financial assistance, visa arrangements, a stipend or travel assistance; therefore, interns must be able to support themselves in the Tokyo metropolitan area for the duration of the internship.

    Interns will be provided with a desk, a computer, relevant software/tools, and access to UNU Headquarters facilities including the library and gym. They will also receive a Certificate of Completion and a professional letter of reference for their service to the UNU.

  • To apply, send your CV/resume and a cover letter (in English) to UNU Head of Communications Hillary McBride at Explain why you are interested in working with the UNU Office of Communications and what skills you would bring to the team.

    Short-listed candidates will be interviewed and may be required to provide academic references and/or take a brief test.

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