The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Liaison Office for North America is accepting applications for a Communications Intern to work from September 2014 through February 2015 (for 6 months) on a variety of communication projects. The Communications Intern will work in FAO’s Washington, DC, office.
Working under the supervision of the Senior Liaison Officer, the Communications intern’s duties may include, but are not limited to:
Preparing background information for the media on selected topics, contributing to the preparation and publication of interviews, and prepare speaking points in support of FAO interaction with the media
Drafting press releases and contributing to outreach to the media, including facilitation of media contacts and assisting with organizing press briefings, as required
Creating visual presentations and corresponding materials on FAO’s position on issues of concern for a North American audience.
Conducting research, both related to substantive issues of interest for FAO and to the media environment in Washington
Assisting with the adaptation of FAO’s technical information to language that is suitable for a general audience
Using interagency and other mechanisms as tools to raise the visibility of FAO
Preparing contents for the FAO Washington blog and other media products
Attending press briefings and other relevant briefings, as required
Other communications-related duties, as required
Required skills and experience:
Graduate-level students strongly preferred
Background in Communications or Journalism preferred
Excellent writing and editing skills
Excellent research and analytical skills
Experience working with the media preferred
Experience working with WordPress or other blog software an advantage
Interest in international development and cooperation
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Ability to work creatively, independently and as a team member
Ability to work full time preferred, but part-time can be considered
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger. FAO's mandate is to raise levels of nutrition, improve agricultural productivity, better the lives of rural populations and contribute to the growth of the world economy. FAO’s Liaison Office for North America facilitates communication and cooperation between FAO and the governments and international institutions in North America, as well as key partners from civil society, academia and the private sector working to bring sustained food security and economic opportunity to the nearly one billion people who currently lack them.