Fall Semester – July 31
Spring Semester – October 31
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.
- Intern selection is highly competitive.
- UNICreceive more than one hundred applications each semester for 5 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.
- 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.
Duties and Responsibilities
- 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.
- 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 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(dot)org. Please put “UNIC Internship” in the subject line. or mail to:
United Nations Information Center
1775 K Street, N.W., Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006
or fax to: (202) 331-9191
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