Unpaid Internship - Generation Connect Communications Intern

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 - Generation Connect Communications Intern

Vacancy notice no: 982
Sector: BDT
Department: DNS
Country of contract: Remote
Duty station: Home Based

Position number: [[positionNumber]]
Grade: [[PositionGrade]]
Type of contract: Internship
Duration of contract: 6 months (starting asap)
Recruitment open to: External
Application deadline (Midnight Geneva Time): 4 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

The Digital Networks & Society Department is responsible for BDT activities in the areas of spectrum management, network development, cybersecurity and emergency telecommunications. This department is also responsible for supporting ITU Member States in their transition to digital societies by providing tools and guidelines to address environmental challenges (in particular, climate change and e-waste), and for promoting innovation, ICT applications/services, digital inclusion and ecosystems, with the ultimate goal to 'leave no one behind'.


Under the supervision of the Head of the Digital Society Division, supporting the Digital Inclusion Thematic Priority team, the intern will contribute and support with the implementation of the ITU Youth Strategy through Generation Connect initiatives and will:

  • Help to implement the Generation Connect Communications Plan.
  • Identify, research, draft, edit and post engaging media content for diverse youth.
  • Engage with the virtual GC communities on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram.
  • Media monitoring, fact-checking and related research work for Generation Connect Social Media Channels.
  • Capture Communications content during Generation Connect events.
  • Performing additional tasks that may be assigned by Generation Connect team.

Good skills in planning, organizing and managing events and event evaluation.

Computer skills are essential for this internship: good management of Microsoft Office and Teams.


High school diploma as a minimum or enrolled in a University programme (or having completed studies since less than 6 months)

No work experience required.

At least one of the UN official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish)


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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