02 July 2012

Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO)
The Hague, 2012 (min. 4 months)

The Unrepresented Nations and PeoplesOrganization (UNPO), an international membership organization working in the field of human rights, self-determination, indigenous issues, democracy and nonviolence, representing over 50 nations, minorities and indigenous peoples worldwide, is currently looking to hire new interns. UNPO’s worldwide activities are coordinated and implemented from the organization’s headquarters in The Hague and a regional advocacy office in Brussels. The interns would be expected to start in the coming weeks in the Secretariat office in The Hague.

Who can apply
Students and young professionals from all over the world, with degrees in international relations, political science, international law, development and political/social geography and a range of work experience have undertaken internships at UNPO.

Interns are offered a unique work 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, organizational, political, and administrative and research skills.
Interns are expected to undertake tasks that include the organization of conferences, seminars and other events, the monitoring of United Nations and European Parliament processes, conducting research on UNPO Members, website updating and other administrative tasks as needed.
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 internship involves high expectations of the intern, but in turn promises an equally rewarding experience.

UNPO Internships are full-time for a minimum of four months. Starting dates are flexible but please note that we are unfortunately unable to provide any financial support for interns.

Required documents:
Curriculum Vitae;
● Cover letter;
Writing sample in English;

Intern requirements
Genuine interest in and basic knowledge of minority rights, self-determination, indigenous peoples and human rights;
Proven experience multitasking under tight deadlines, working under limited supervision and taking initiative;
Proven experience running short term, self-directed projects;
Fluent English (written and spoken) is required. Fluency in other languages, particularly Dutch, French or Spanish, would be an asset;
Excellent writing and research skills – academic and journalistic;
Excellent computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office;
Full-time availability of minimum 4 months.

Knowledge of Dutch government, particularly mechanisms for drawing attention to marginalized populations and human rights abuses;
Knowledge of the international structures available to assist oppressed or disadvantaged peoples, particularly the human rights mechanisms of the United Nations and the European Parliament;
Prior experience working in an international environment;
Working knowledge of other UN/EU languages and/or languages of our Members;
Experience in project proposal development and fundraising.

Documents have to be sent to
Please email the required documents to hagueinternships@unpo.org.

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