Friday, 18 January 2019

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UNHCR: External Relations Internship

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees offers assistance and protection to refugees around the world. UNHCR is one of the largest refugee agencies, with a staff of over 11,500 employees who help millions of refugees in 128 countries. The External Relations Unit for Belgium and Luxembourg is seeking a native Dutch-speaking intern for six months starting 1 April 2019 and who can commit well in advance. The intern must meet the administrative criteria set out below and have a good command of English, a good comprehension of French and knowledge of the media sector (including social media). Layout and CMS skills are an asset.


What we offer

  • Work in a dynamic, international environment
  • Learn about state-of-the-art promotional techniques
  • Learning about refugee issues with one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world
  • First-hand accounts of refugee situations, via presentations given by staff assisting refugees in Belgium and abroad
  • Experience with a UN agency
  • Wide variety of interesting tasks
  • Chance to practice English and French
  • Letter of recommendation from a prestigious organization


General description of internship

  • Researching and summarizing information on a variety of historic and current refugee issues
  • Summarizing refugee-related issues in the Belgian press on a daily basis
  • Writing, editing and translating texts (English and French into Dutch), usually for the website
  • Proposing and uploading content onto Twitter and/or the website to strict deadlines
  • Assisting with the organization of events
  • Assisting with the creation and updating of publications (e.g., brochures, postcards)
  • Assistance with general office tasks on an ad hoc basis


Requisite educational and administrative criteria

  • In order to be considered eligible for an internship, the following criteria must be fulfilled:
  • Be a recent graduate or current student in a graduate/undergraduate school, programme from a university or higher education facility accredited by UNESCO;
  • Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant or of interest to the work of the Organization;
  • Have no direct family ties with a UNHCR staff member (including Temporary Appointment holder) nor with a member of the Affiliate Workforce.


Submission deadline

Please e-mail your CV and cover letter by 10 January 2019 to [email protected] with the subject ‘’Dutch-speaking PI Internship’’. Early applications may be given priority.

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