Intern – Communications and Advocacy

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    Dresden, Germany
    UTC +1
    Open until position is filled

    Organisational Unit: UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES)

    About the United Nations University

    The United Nations University (UNU) is a global think tank and postgraduate teaching organisation headquartered in Japan. The mission of the UN University is to contribute, through collaborative research and education, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems of human survival, development, and welfare that are the concern of the United Nations, its Peoples, and Member States. UNU encompasses 13 research and training institutes and programmes located in 12 countries around the world.

    UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES)

    As part of the United Nations University (UNU), UNU-FLOREShelps build a bridge between the academic world and the United Nations. UNU-FLORES develops strategies to resolve pressing challenges in the area of sustainable use and integrated management of environmental resources such as water, soil, and waste. Focusing on the needs of the UN and its Member States, particularly developing countries and emerging economies, the Institute engages in research, capacity development, advanced teaching and training, as well as dissemination of knowledge. In all activities, UNU-FLORES advances a Nexus Approach to the sustainable management of environmental resources. For more information, please visit


    Under the supervision of the Dresden Nexus Conference (DNC) Logistical Coordinator, the DNC Substantive Coordinator, and the DNC Secretary, the intern will contribute to the preparation and execution of the Dresden Nexus Conference 2020, by supporting in one or more of the following activities:

    • conference administrative and logistical activities
    • development and execution of the call for submissions and the review process, engaging various audiences around the world
    • conceptualisation, development, and execution of conference material and promotional activities and resources, such as flyers, posters, social media campaigns, etc.
    • drafting of dynamic content and maintenance of the Dresden Nexus Conference website
    • development and execution of the scientific and social programme, including but not limited to supporting coordination and management of programme stakeholders, the timely collection of their inputs, and other related tasks
    • participant management, in particular, for VIPs
    • post-conference management including follow-up with participants, and the post-event analysis of data for the production of an internal summary report and debrief
    • conducting independent projects based on the current activities and needs of the conference organisers as assigned by the supervisors

    Minimum qualifications & experience

    Required qualifications and experience include:

    • completed a bachelor’s or currently enrolled in master’s degree programme in Communications Sciences, Journalism, Public Relations, International Relations, Environmental Sciences, Political Sciences, Social Sciences or related fields
    • strong interest in the work of the United Nations, the UNU, and development and environmental resource management
    • experience in event management would be an asset;
    • strong knowledge of in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
    • proficiency in English is required; a good command of German would be highly desirable; knowledge of additional UN languages is an asset


    Required competencies include:

    • results-oriented
    • quality orientation
    • creativity
    • teamwork
    • ability to work within agreed timelines

    Starting fate

    from July 2019 and onwards

    Important information

    Please note that interns are not financially remunerated. Selected candidates have the responsibility of arranging their own travel, accommodation, and cost of living.

    UNU-FLORES accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship. Interns will be requested to show proof of insurance when commencing their internship.

    The purpose of the programme is not to lead to further employment with UNU-FLORES, but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.


    The successful candidate shall be based at UNU-FLORES in Dresden, Germany, on a full-time basis (40 hours per week) for a period of 4–6 months. Part-time applications will be considered under exceptional conditions.

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    Applicants interested in applying for an internship at UNU-FLORES should send their complete Internship Application Form as well as their CV and cover letter in English to

    Workforce diversity is essential to UNU. Suitably qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds including minority groups, indigenous groups, and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. Applications from suitably qualified women candidates from developing countries are particularly encouraged. All applications will be handled with the strictest confidence.

    Shortlisted candidates will be contacted and unsuccessful applications will be notified. If you have any questions concerning the application procedure, please contact us at

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