UN Graphic Design Internships 2019

Graphic Design Internship at United Nations

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.

Through the Water and Sanitation programmes, UN-Habitat provides both policy, technical, and financial support to governments and local authorities, thus contributing to the achievement of the internationally agreed Sustainable development goals as well as the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. The water and sanitation unit has different programmes that strive to offer capacity building, improve sanitation and access to safe clean water to communities thus reducing massive pollution and contamination of the available water resources.

The UN-Habitat Public Information (Graphic design) internship is for 6 months.

The Internship is UNPAID and full-time.

Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.


Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background; the intern’s assigned office as well as the internship period.

Under the direct supervision of the Lead, Water and Sanitation Unit,the intern will:

  • Help prepare articles for UN-Habitat newsletter.
  • Produce superb quality design that advances the water and sanitation, energy, waste management and mobility work, graphics, and collateral across digital and offline channels.
  • Create visually beautiful and satisfying graphics for online platforms, including social media and print collateral including posters.
  • Deliver strong, convincing designs and partner effectively with external creative teams.
  • Work with vendor partners to ensure a consistency in the look and feel across all stages of design across the Water and sanitation programme.
  • Be accountable for developing creative work of the highest caliber.
  • Provide quality control over concepts; contribute creative solutions and innovations that strengthen UN-Habitat’s work.
  • Assist with water and sanitation contributions to UN-Habitat’s website if required.
  • Help design and prepare various information materials and publications.
  • Provide research for backgrounders/information materials.
  • Assist in the organization and execution of special events to mark UN observances, press conferences, media launches or exhibitions.
  • Carry out and/or initiate tasks/special projects.


  • Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
  • Client orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher).
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent).
  • Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.
  • Be computer literate in standard software applications.
  • Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter.
  • Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Preferred Area of Study

  • Graphic Design
  • Knowledge of Adobe CC suite – especially Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign and Multi media will be an added advantage.

Work Experience

  • Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of Kiswahili is desirable.


Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.

How To Apply

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Your application for this internship must include:

  • A Completed application (Personal History Profile) and Cover Note, through the UN careers Portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.The Cover Note must include:
    – Title of the degree you are currently pursuing
    – Graduation Date
    – IT skills and programmes you are proficient in
    – Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship
  • Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme, ensure to include all past work experience (if any).
  • Proof of enrollment from current University (if not graduated).
  • A copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated).

Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

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