Unpaid Internship - Broadband Commiossion for Sustainable Development, Communications & ICT Research

International Telecommunication Union (ITU) - Remote


ITU is the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technologies, with the mission to connect the world. To achieve this, ITU manages the radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits at the international level, works to improve communication infrastructure in the developing world, and establishes global standards that foster seamless interconnection of a vast range of communication systems. ITU also organizes global Telecom events bringing together the most influential representatives of government and the private sector to exchange ideas and knowledge for the benefit of all.

Unpaid Internship - Broadband Commiossion for Sustainable Development, Communications & ICT Research

Vacancy notice no: 979
Sector: BDT
Department: NA
Country of contract: Remote
Duty station: Home Based

Position number: [[positionNumber]]
Grade: [[PositionGrade]]
Type of contract: Internship
Duration of contract: 6 months
Recruitment open to: External
Application deadline (Midnight Geneva Time): 19 January 2023


The Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) is responsible for the organization and coordination of the work of the Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) of the Union which deals mainly with ICT-focused development policies, strategies and programmes, as well as technical cooperation activities, to promote digital inclusion and drive digital transformation at community, country and regional levels. To effectively and efficiently serve the needs of ITU members, BDT is organized into four functional areas:

  • Office of the Deputy to the Director and Field Operations Coordination Department
  • Partnerships for Digital Development Department
  • Digital Networks & Society Department
  • Digital Knowledge Hub Department

Under the direct supervision of the Broadband Commission Secretariat Team, the intern will be required to fulfill the following tasks:

Digital Platforms and Communications:
  • Participate in the development of social media strategy, content for web articles, newsletters and related activities.
  • Provide input and propose text for campaigns & promotion including the articles, help prepare content to be shared with relevant partners to increase advocacy efforts of Commission outputs, drawing on reports and recommendations.
  • Assist in web management including drafting news articles and providing SEO keywords research.
  • Employ communications tools in the creation of materials and publishing of content (I.e., Canvas).
  • Contribute to the monitoring of activities on public communications channels to keep the Commission up to date on relevant activities of its members and partners, and in the ICT for Development
  • Review the online resources and help track Commission impact.
  • In cooperation with the Secretariat team, help build the roadmap for events, monitor upcoming conferences, relevant seminars and events held by the community.
  • Support research and analysis of digital development activities; as well as the UN SDG and ICT projects to provide context to the Secretariat and its members for relevant events and campaigns.
  • Prepare supporting background documents/presentations etc. related to various aspects of the work like – conference calls, briefings, Working Groups activities and events.
  • Support the Secretariat team in the activities of Working Groups and their members, including participating in the organization of meetings, workshops and conferences.
  • Support the organization of conference calls, events, engaging with external partners to coordinate content, speakers, follow up actions and logistics before, during and after each event.

Working knowledge of Social Media, good research skills, strong organizational skills, attention to detail, commitment to achieving meaningful universal connectivity and desire to work in a purpose-driven work environment.


University degree in areas related to International relations, marketing, communications.
Other university degrees will be considered based on the areas of the research. .

No work experience required.

Excellent knowledge of English for conducting research and producing documents (drafting and editing). Advanced knowledge of English for editing document will be valued.


Please note that a non-remunerated Internship position at ITU does not carry the same conditions of employment as a Short-term or a Fixed-term position. Mandatory Medical Insurance, travel expenses, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of the interns or sponsoring institutions.

The internship will be carried out remotely.


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the ITU Careers website. The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. ITU uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates. Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided. Messages originating from a non ITU e-mail account - @itu.int - should be disregarded. ITU does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

ITU applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. ITU is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization. Achieving gender balance is a high priority for ITU.

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