Monday, June 26, 2017

Intern at the United Nations Information Center in Washington!

Organization Overview
Established in 1946, the United Nations Information Center is responsible for US/UN issues and serves as a liaison to Congress, the US government and foundations in Washington as well as to the media, academic institutions and public across the United States. The Center includes a small reference library that houses official UN documents as well as other materials published by the United Nations. The office also supports high-level visitors from headquarters and field offices around the world. The Center accepts interns three times a year (Fall, Winter/Spring and Summer) with deadlines posted on the website on a unpaid basis for a period of three months or more.
Position Description/Duties and Responsibilities
Interns of the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) have a broad range of responsibilities that include everything from representing the office at Washington events to fielding public inquiries. As part of the program, interns attend Capitol Hill hearings and NGO/think tank briefings on a variety of international subjects and report back to the office and UN headquarters on what was said. UNIC works with each intern to enable him/her to attend meetings on topics of particular interest. Another facet of the internship program involves monitoring international and regional news and keeping UNIC abreast of important UN-related developments. In addition to these primary responsibilities, interns are responsible for assisting with UN events, outreach and public inquiries. They are also given the opportunity to help write UNIC’s weekly newsletter and assist with visits of UN officials and conduct research for UN staff and projects. Likewise, interns are expected to assist with some administrative duties and contribute to the day-to-day functioning of the office.
Requirements
Intern selection is highly competitive. We receive more than one hundred applications each semester for 4 positions. Preference will be given to students in their senior year of college or in graduate school, with an area of study in international relations, political science, communications or related field. Students should demonstrate excellent language, research and writing skills. Past experience in a professional office environment is an asset. Knowledge of Microsoft office is required. Preference is given to students who can work full-time with a minimum of 3 days per week required.
Strong candidates will have demonstrated knowledge of the United Nations system, the U.S. Government, Washington think tanks and media. They will also have previous international experience and strong interest in the UN and its focus areas. He/She will have a professional demeanor and the ability to work in busy office with changing priorities and minimal supervision. Above all, the strongest candidates will have a can-do attitude and a sense of humor about themselves.
Please send a cover letter with start/end date and hours per week available, a résumé, three reference letters (letters under separate cover are preferred) and a writing sample to the address below. The writing sample should be 2-4 pages and demonstrate an ability to put complex ideas into clear concise language.
E-mail application to: internship@unic.org. Please put "UNIC Internship" in the subject line.
PLEASE NOTE: Because of the large volume of applications, only those being considered will be contacted. Applicants must be available within the duration listed below. Specific start and end dates of internship will be discussed further if hired.
Application Deadline – July 16th
Internship Duration – September-January