VOLUNTEERING & INTERNSHIPS

May 24, 2018

 

Become an intern at UNPO!

 The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) is an international membership organization working in the field of human rights, self-determination, indigenous issues, democracy and non-violence. UNPO represents 44 nations, minorities and indigenous peoples worldwide and was established in 1991 at the Peace Palace in The Hague. UNPO’s worldwide activities are coordinated and implemented from the organisation’s advocacy offices in Brussels and Washington, DC.

Students and young professionals from all over the world, with degrees in international relations, political science, international law, development or political/social geography, among other fields, and a range of work experience have undertaken internships at the UNPO. Interns and volunteers are offered a unique experience, with a wide range of responsibilities in a multicultural environment that uses English as the main working language. Each intern is given the opportunity to develop and implement their academic, organisational, political, administrative, language and research skills.

Interns are expected to have a mature and flexible attitude, display good time management skills, be able to undertake work independently and conduct accurate research. The intern should enjoy working in an internationally oriented office where a multitude of tasks will be assigned. The internship requires a high degree of responsibility and autonomy from the intern, but in turn promises an equally rewarding experience.

 

Brussels

 

Job Title: Communications and Social Media Assistant

Contract: Intern (unpaid)

Duration: 4 months

Start: October or November 2018

Deadline for applications: Sunday 14 October 2018 at 23:59 Brussels time

Job Description:

The intern will assist the Brussels team in implementing the organisation’s social media strategy and brand management, which includes conducting online advocacy, developing and expanding community outreach efforts and designing social media campaigns.

 

Intern requirements:

  • Excellent working knowledge of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Flickr;
  • Excellent command of oral and written English;
  • Genuine interest in International Politics, as well as European Union and United Nations mechanisms. Basic knowledge of minority rights, self-determination, indigenous peoples and human rights;
  • Knowledge of website management ;
  • Basic knowledge of office management and/or team working;
  • Creative and/or design experience, especially with photo and video editing.

 

Desirable:

  • Experience in drafting press releases and interacting with the press;
  • Working knowledge of other EU/UN languages;
  • Knowledge of Canva, Gimp, Photoshop.

Please note that applications from representatives of UNPO Members are encouraged. The applicant needs to be enrolled in a university and allowed to live in Belgium for the duration of their experience at UNPO (as an EU/EEA citizen or through a valid visa). Unfortunately UNPO is not in the position to assist non-EU citizens in their visa application.

 

If you are interested in undertaking an internship at UNPO please send an application that includes the following:

Cover Letter (1 page only) addressed to the UNPO Secretariat

Curriculum Vitae (2 pages only)

Work Sample (essay/extract of maximum 1,000 words in English, preferably relevant to your social media/communications experience)

Links to any past social media accounts you have managed (if any)

Please mark subject line: “Internship Application – Communications: YOUR NAME” and indicate clearly in your letter the exact time period you would be available for an internship placement.

Send your complete application to brusselsinternships@unpo.org.

Applications not meeting the criteria above will be disqualified from the outset.

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Brussels

 

Job Title: Project Assistant

Contract: Volunteer (unpaid)

Duration: 4 months (minimum) – 6 months

Start: July, August or September 2018

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 6 June 2018 at 23:59 Brussels time

Job Description:

Interns and volunteers are expected to undertake tasks that include the organisation of conferences, seminars and other events, the monitoring of United Nations and European Parliament events (with possible attendance depending on the period of engagement), the conducting of research on UNPO Members; website management; advocacy and lobbying; project planning and implementation; the drafting of funding applications or small development projects.

 

Requirements:

Essential:

  • Fluency in English (spoken and written)
  • Genuine interest in and basic knowledge of minority rights, self-determination, indigenous issues and/or human rights.
  • Ability to work under limited supervision and take initiative under tight deadlines.
  • Ability to run short term, self-directed projects.
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Basic knowledge of social media.

 

Desirable:

  • Familiarity with the functioning of the European institutions, of the United Nations Human Rights Council and/or of other relevant bodies.
  • Fluency or working knowledge of one or more of the following languages: French, German, Spanish, Russian, Turkish, Arabic
  • Basic knowledge of website management or IT.
  • Experience in fundraising.

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Please note that applications from representatives of UNPO Members are encouraged. The applicant needs to be enrolled in a university and allowed to live in Belgium for the duration of their experience at UNPO (as an EU/EEA citizen or through a valid visa). Unfortunately UNPO is not in the position to assist non-EU citizens in their visa application.

If you are interested in undertaking an internship at UNPO please send an application that includes the following:

Cover Letter (1 page only) addressed to the UNPO Secretariat

Curriculum Vitae (2 pages only)

Writing Sample (essay/extract of maximum 1,000 words in English, preferably relevant to the work of UNPO)

Please mark subject line: “Internship Application – Project Assistant: YOUR NAME” and indicate clearly in your letter the exact time period you would be available for an internship placement.

Send your complete application to brusselsinternships@unpo.org.

Applications not meeting the criteria above risk being disqualified from the outset.

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For general inquiries on internships in Brussels, email brusselsinternships@unpo.org