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International Council of Nurses
Communications and Media Internship Programme
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of national nurses’ associations
(NNAs), representing the more than 16 million nurses worldwide. Founded in 1899, ICN is
the world’s first and widest reaching international organisation for health professionals.
Operated by nurses for nurses, ICN works to ensure quality nursing care for all, sound
health policies globally, the advancement of nursing knowledge, and the presence worldwide
of a respected nursing profession and a competent and satisfied nursing workforce.
As part of a dynamic team, the Communications & Media Intern (CMI) is expected to actively
work across the organisation with the aim of assisting ICN to promote its work and enhance
communications with members and other organisations.
This position provides opportunities to work in Geneva for a period up to six months. The
CMI position is suited to a journalism, media or communications graduate student who has a
high level of maturity and an independent approach. This internship is free of charge and not
remunerated by ICN.
Goals and expected outcomes
Experience at first hand the management and structure of an international non-
governmental organisation, its purpose, programme objectives and methods of achieving
Gain the experience of working at the heart of a communications department in an
Contribute to the advancement of ICN’s profile, via media releases, website, journal
articles and social media
Assist with the drafting and timely dissemination of media releases on topics of interest to
nursing, and the wider field of international health policy
Assist with research and drafting of articles for national and international journals
Assist ICN to deliver on its strategic plan
Involvement, responsibilities and tasks
The specific tasks/projects assigned will depend on which events are occurring at that time.
The CMI will have the opportunity to meet and discuss with others working at ICN
The CMI will be placed full time at ICN’s headquarters in Geneva, working five days a week
at ordinary office hours (40 hours/ week). Travel outside the Geneva area is not currently
anticipated, but there is a possibility of visits to other international organisations depending
on events at that time.
If the intern has a personal project on which s/he wishes to work, for example writing a
thesis, preparing course work, independent study, writing or research, some time could be
negotiated for including these activities within her/his work week. For these purposes, ICN’s
resources and the opportunity to consult with ICN professional staff, will be at the CMI’s
Mentorship will be provided by the Director of Communications, who will also be responsible
for the administrative details of the CMI’s stay, including housing, working hours, liaison with
other staff, orientation and integration into the ICN team.
The CMI should be either a post-graduate or a current graduate student in the field of
journalism, media and/or communications, and hold, at minimum, a Bachelor’s degree, but
Master’s qualification is desirable. A high level of written and oral communication is
required, with good research and analytical skills, and good inter-personal skills. Written
documents produced by the CMI will be in English. However, a working knowledge of
French or Spanish is desirable. The CMI selected should have enough experience to be
able to function independently for finite periods of time as the need arises.
The minimum period for a CMI internship at ICN is six weeks; however the preferred length
is between anywhere from two to six months. Duration can be negotiable, depending on
The cost of living in Geneva is high and a CMI will need to be supported by home university
or institution. ICN will provide furnished accommodation. ICN will make all the necessary
arrangements for entry permit and legal papers and will provide the office space and access
to equipment and resources. Travel costs between the CMI’s place of residence and Geneva
will not be borne by ICN. However, if there are expenses directly associated with the CMI’s
work at ICN (e.g. duty travel, meeting registration fees) these costs will be borne by ICN.
Depending on nationality, ICN may need to obtain a work permit for the CMI in order for
her/him to work at ICN. The Director of Communications will advise the CI in due course
which information/documents are required.
Applicants are to submit their Resume and Covering letter along with two examples of
published work (article, media release, etc.) to Lindsey Williamson; Director of
Communications, International Council of Nurses. Resumes, including contact information
for 3 reference persons, must be received by e-mail (email@example.com) or by post (3, place
Jean-Marteau, 1201 Geneva – Switzerland) before 1 June 2016.