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Communications internship vacancy with UNHCR Northern Europe’s Communications and Public Information

The Communications & Public Information Unit in UNHCR’s Regional Representation for Northern Europe (covering the Nordics and the Baltics) is responsible for the United Nations Refugee Agency’s public image and communication efforts in the region.

They communicate externally – to the general public, media, decision-makers and other stakeholders, and on several platforms – to create awareness about the global refugee situation, to promote a positive narrative on refugees, as well as to strengthen the support for UNHCR’s work, mission and mandate, and to advocate for the improved refugee response.

They work in a close, fast-paced team that is always looking for new and inventive ways to communicate.

They are currently recruiting to their office in Stockholm, where you will be part of the Communications & Public Information Unit. They are looking for a dynamic person who is available to start on 1 September 2020, for a period of four-six months.

Description of tasks: 

  • Producing content about UNHCR events, stories on good integration practices, or interviewing refugees for our website, as well as updating and maintaining Regional UNHCR websites.

  • Developing media formats and content to keep pace with the latest in digital and communication trends, as well as exploring new ideas to communicate and advocate UNHCR’s key messages, including on social media.

  • Monitoring, tracking and analyzing refugee issues in print, broadcast, and digital media (including social media).

  • Translating communication materials between English and languages of our region (in line with your language skills).

  • Research tasks based on your interests and UNHCR’s priorities, including gathering information and facts for proactive media pitching, launching of specific and/or thematic communication campaigns, and conversion into educational materials..


  • A degree in communication, media studies, journalism, political science, international relations, development studies, or migration studies

  • Fluency in written and spoken English and a language of the region

  • Good knowledge of refugee issues in the Nordic region, including the political context

  • Strong writing skills

  • Experience writing for a public audience (e.g.: newspaper articles, student journalism, local association or group, a blog, etc.) is very desirable, as well as strong skills and experience with social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).


Good to know when applying

  • Interns may be eligible for funding through scholarships available by universities, or other external sources and are encouraged to look into this. A food and transportation allowance of a maximum USD 1,000 per month is available for un-sponsored interns.

  • It is the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institution to arrange for travel to and from the duty station upon commencement and conclusion of the internship. All related travel expenses, including visas, will be paid by the intern or sponsoring institution. UNHCR does not cover the cost of travel or visa.

  • All interns who are not nationals of the country where their duty station is located must show proof of valid medical insurance coverage, including illness, accidents and repatriation coverage, to cover the full period of the internship. UNHCR accepts no responsibility for any costs connected to medical insurance of interns.

  • The internship is planned to commence on 1 September 2020 and last for 4-6 months (to be agreed upon).

  • You may also wish to read answers to some of the Frequently Asked Questions.

Prepare your application

Your application consists of three documents, written in English:

Submit your application 

Please submit your application via email, including in the subject line “Internship Application”. Feel free to submit a few examples of your writing in either English or a language of our region.

Send your application to Tilda Norsten to the following email address: norsten@unhcr.org by 29 May.

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