UNHCR Communications & Knowledge Management Internship

UNHCR Communications & Knowledge Management Internship
UNHCR Communications & Knowledge Management Internship


Explore a dynamic internship opportunity with UNHCR’s Private Sector Partnership Service (PSP) in Geneva, Switzerland. We welcome recent graduates or current students to join us as a Communications & Knowledge Management Intern. This engaging role, situated in the Family category with no hardship level, provides a unique chance to contribute and learn within the global context of refugee support. Don’t miss the chance to be part of impactful initiatives and gain valuable experience in the heart of international collaboration. Apply now for a rewarding journey with UNHCR.

Internship Highlight:

  • Location: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Position Type: Internship
  • Start Date: April 1, 2024
  • Application Deadline: March 7, 2024

Terms of Reference

Organizational Context:

Embedded in the vast framework of UNHCR’s Private Sector Partnership Service (PSP), a pivotal role is played in fostering the ever-expanding global collaboration with the private sector. This extensive network operates seamlessly across continents – Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East. Within the overarching umbrella of PSP, the Private Partnerships and Philanthropy Section (PPH) actively engages with a diverse array, encompassing corporations, private foundations, and individual philanthropists.

Zooming in on PPH, a strategic hub emerges – the Corporate and Shared Value Partnerships Unit. This unit, strategically positioned in both Geneva and Copenhagen, assumes the crucial responsibility of developing and bolstering UNHCR’s fundraising network on a global scale. The primary objective is clear: forge partnerships with companies that transcend mere financial contributions. Instead, these partnerships are designed to amplify fundraising efforts, champion refugees’ rights, propel economic and financial inclusion, and enhance refugees’ access to essential products and services.

The Position: 

In this dynamic organizational landscape, the Communications and Knowledge Management Intern will play a vital role. The focus is on contributing to the formulation and execution of the team’s content strategy. This involves a keen emphasis on fortifying online and print communications, elevating brand awareness, and fostering public engagement. The scope extends to internal communication channels, disseminating corporate guidance to both PSP and non-PSP networks, as well as tailoring products for corporate audiences.

This strategic content support is instrumental in empowering private-sector fundraisers to nurture, expand, and fortify existing partnerships. Reporting to the Senior Corporate and Shared Value Partnerships Coordinator within the Corporate & Shared Value Partnership team, the intern will collaborate closely with colleagues across various teams, including PPH Private Sector Engagement and Global Communications. This collaboration extends to key stakeholders in DER, encompassing units such as Crisis Communications and Brands. The intern’s role thus becomes an integral thread in the broader tapestry of UNHCR’s impactful initiatives.

Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Provide support in proofreading, re-packaging, writing, editing, and commissioning diverse content and assets.
  • Contribute to the strategic planning, development, and management of best practice communications, enhancing engagement and visibility for UNHCR’s corporate and shared value partnerships.
  • Assist in the coordination of content development, production, and distribution in close collaboration with UNHCR’s communication and content teams.
  • Collaborate with UNHCR’s global corporate fundraiser network to comprehend needs, prioritize, and facilitate the dissemination of products/content.

Knowledge Management:

  • Conduct comprehensive research and analysis on trends influencing corporate collaborations, contributing insights for the social impact workplan rollout, particularly in the advocacy and influencing business practice workstreams.
  • Provide support in establishing communities of practice focused on corporate partnerships.
  • Identify and curate success stories, maintaining a robust good practice database.
  • Assist in organizing webinars, conference calls, and in-person meetings as required.
  • Contribute to ensuring core PPH corporate team community documents, including presentations, case studies, and reference materials, remain up-to-date, of high quality, and readily accessible.

Minimum Qualifications Required:

  • Recent graduate or current student in a graduate/undergraduate school program from a university accredited by IAU/UNESCO.
  • Completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant to UNHCR’s work.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Outstanding writing and editing skills.
  • Proficiency in MS Office tools (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Teams, SharePoint).

Desirable Qualifications and Skills:

  • Experience in creative writing and/or journalism.
  • Previous involvement in public campaigning.
  • Advanced proficiency in graphic design tools (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Canva, etc).
  • Strong planning and organizing competencies, with the ability to multitask and prioritize workload.


  • Full-time role, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, totaling 40 hours per week, with a one-hour lunch break.
  • Assignment to support the team in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Allowance provided to interns without external financial support, aiding in covering food, local transportation, and living expenses.

Apply Now: UNHCR Communications & Knowledge Management Internship

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