ABOUT THE POSITION
Established in 1946, the UN 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. UNIC’s internship program presents an enormous opportunity for college students and post-graduates seeking a challenging work experience in international relations. The Center accepts interns three times a year (Fall, Winter/Spring and Summer) with deadlines posted on the website on an unpaid basis for a period of three months or more.
UNIC interns 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 assist with visits of UN officials and conduct research for UN staff and projects. Interns help to create content for all of UNIC social media platforms to emphasize UN and US perspectives to current events in Washington. Likewise, interns are expected to assist with some administrative duties and contribute to the day-to-day functioning of the office.
Intern selection is highly competitive. We receive more than one hundred applications each semester for 3 or 4 positions. Preference will be given to students in their senior year of college or graduate school, with major 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. Previous experience with social media management is favored. 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.
HOW TO APPLY
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “UNIC Internship” in the subject line.