Public Information Internship


The Regional Representation of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in Washington, DC, seeks volunteer interns to assist in its Communications department.

Interns will assist with advocacy and public awareness outreach to the general public, media, foundations, universities and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) regarding UNHCR protection and assistance programs and the needs of refugees and asylum-seekers.

Media and Communications Internship

Duties and Responsibilities Include:

UNHCR is looking for an intern with a background in journalism, communications, media relations, social media, multi- media skills and some content creation for the web. Training will be provided, however, it is preferable that applicants have some multi-media/new media skills in advance.

Qualifications and Experience:

It is essential that interns possess a superior command of English with excellent written and oral communication skills. Word processing, database and internet computer skills, knowledge of international affairs and refugee situations are highly desirable. Interest and experience in communications preferred. Undergraduate or graduate students please apply. A sense of humor is welcome. Journalism students desired.


Part time internships are available, with a minimum of 20 hours per week (2.5 days per week) on a semester/summer basis.

Upcoming Deadline for Applications: 

Summer: March 15
Fall: July 15
Winter & Spring: October 15


Applications must be complete or they will not be considered. Please send resume, cover letter and brief writing sample and dates of availability to the Internship Coordinator, UNHCR, 1800 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20036, Fax: 202-296-5660, Email: In your cover letter, please enter the subject line “Media and Communications Internship”.

UNHCR thanks all applicants. UNHCR will only contact those applicants who will be interviewed.