UNHCR External Relations (Communications) Intern

UNHCR External Relations (Communications) intern

Location: The Hague, Netherlands

Hardship Level (not applicable for home-based): H (no hardship)

Family Type (not applicable for home-based): Family

Staff Member / Affiliate Type: Internship

Target Start Date2024-02-01

Job Posting End DateDecember 18, 2023

Terms of ReferenceAre you passionate about social media? Are you a strong copywriter? Do you have a creative mind? Does an international working environment appeal to you? And do you want to contribute to a better world for refugees? Then we are looking for you!

Who are we?

UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) is the refugee agency of the United Nations. UNHCR was founded in 1950 and is active in 128 countries around the world to help and protect people who have been forced to flee. With more than one hundred million people displaced by war and persecution, our work is more important than ever.

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Communications UNHCR Netherlands

UNHCR the Netherlands is the national office of the United Nations Refugee Agency. We work to increase support for refugees in the Netherlands and disseminate the global work of UNHCR. The communications team consists of a Senior External Relations Associate and a Senior External Relations Assistant. Together we work to increase our social media impact, answer press queries, and seek opportunities for (free) publicity, and create and develop awareness raising campaigns and events.

We are looking for a communications intern to support our External Relations team. You will be part of the UNHCR Netherlands office. You will also work closely with colleagues from UNHCR’s protection team and Fundraising & Partnerships team. You have daily contact with colleagues all over the world. You report to the Senior External Relations Associate in the Netherlands.

We offer you a unique opportunity to contribute to a better world for refugees in an international setting.

What does the job involve?

You plan and help with the development of UNHCR Netherlands’ social media channels and website.

You assist in the planning and organizing of events, campaigns and activities, such as World Refugee Day and football tournaments for refugees.

You translate press releases, articles and stories, and support in media analysis.

You support in answering questions from journalists and the Dutch public, and you help prepare press information.

What are you bringing?

You have (almost) completed a relevant HBO or WO education.

You have experience and affinity with online communication; experience with CMS is an advantage.

Experience with editorial work, video editing and design software is an advantage.

You are creative, flexible and results-oriented. You have an excellent knowledge of the Dutch and English language, spoken and written.

In order to be considered eligible for an internship, the following criteria must be fulfilled:
• Be a recent graduate or current student in a graduate/undergraduate school programme, preferable in political sciences and / or international relations, from a university or higher education facility accredited by UNESCO; and
• Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant or of interest to the work of UNHCR.


UNHCR leads international action to protect people forced to flee conflict and persecution and those denied a nationality.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for people forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution. 

We lead international action to protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. 

Our vision is a world where every person forced to flee can build a better future.

Formally known as the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1950 in the aftermath of the Second World War to help the millions of people who had lost their homes.

Today, UNHCR works in 135 countries. We provide life-saving assistance, including shelter, food, water and medical care for people forced to flee conflict and persecution, many of whom have nobody left to turn to. We defend their right to reach safety and help them find a place to call home so they can rebuild their lives. Long term, we work with countries to improve and monitor refugee and asylum laws and policies, ensuring human rights are upheld.

In everything we do UNHCR considers refugees and those forced to flee as partners, putting those most affected at the centre of planning and decision-making.

UNHCR is mandated by the United Nations to protect and safeguard the rights of refugees. We also support former refugees who have returned to their home country, people displaced within their own country, and people who are stateless or whose nationality is disputed.

We are guided by and act as the guardian of the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol.

UNHCR protects people forced to flee their homes as well as stateless persons.

We deliver life-saving assistance in emergencies, safeguard fundamental human rights, and help find long-term solutions so they can find a safe place to call home.

UNHCR protects people forced to flee their homes as well as stateless persons.

We deliver life-saving assistance in emergencies, safeguard fundamental human rights, and help find long-term solutions so they can find a safe place to call home.



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