Saturday, 20 July 2019

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UNHCR vacancy 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 16,800 employees who help millions of refugees in 134 countries.

The External Relations Unit for Belgium and Luxembourg is seeking a native Francophone intern for 6 months (starting 2 Sept 2019). The intern must meet the administrative criteria set out below and have a perfect command of French, a good command of English and Dutch, and knowledge of the media sector (including social media). Graphic design and CMS skills are an asset.


 What we offer


·     Work in a dynamic, international environment;

·     Insight into public outreach initiatives and campaigns aimed at a variety of target audiences;

·     Learning about refugee issues with one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world;

·     Insight into refugee situations, facilitated by staff assisting refugees in Belgium and abroad;

·     Experience with a UN agency and letter of recommendation from a prestigious organization

·     Wide variety of interesting tasks;

·     Paid internship for a period of 6 months


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 (mainly English and Dutch into French),
  usually for the website;

·       Proposing and uploading content onto Facebook, 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);

·       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, such as international relations, communications, journalism or    

·       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 21 July 2019 (midnight CET) to [email protected] with the subject ‘PI Internship for French native-speaker’’. Early applications are encouraged.

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