Washington Spring Internship
Application Deadline: October 31, 2010
The United Nations office in Washington is accepting internship applications
for the Spring 2011 semester. The U.N. Washington internship program
presents an enormous opportunity for college students and post-graduates
seeking a challenging work experience in international relations.
Intern selection is highly competitive. 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.
Preference is given to students who can work full-time with a minimum of 3
days per week required. Knowledge of Microsoft office is required. Strong
candidates will have demonstrated knowledge of the United Nations system,
the United States government and Congress. 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.
Duties and Responsibilities
U.N. Washington 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 U.N. headquarters. The office 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 the office abreast of important
U.N.-related developments. In addition to these primary responsibilities,
interns are responsible for assisting with U.N. events, outreach and public
inquiries. They are also given the opportunity to assist with visits of U.N.
officials and conduct research for U.N. staff and projects. Likewise,
interns are expected to assist with some administrative duties and
contribute to the day-to-day functioning of the office.
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 e-mail 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 materials to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put "UNIC
Internship" in the subject line.