Intern with us

Intern with us

 Please note:

The roster of Communication Interns at the UN Information Office Almaty is accepting new applications. Applications are to be received at e-mail Kazakhstan@unic.org not later than by 6 November, 2016, C.O.B.

Those interested in applying for internship with the UN Information Office Almaty in the field of Public Information may apply.

Welcome to the UN Information Office Almaty Internship Programme

The United Nations Information Office in Almaty provides opportunities for university-level students to undertake internships. Please note that the internships are unpaid with no stipends at all. Students can utilize and enhance their educational experience through practical work assignments, while supporting the work of the UN Information Office. An internship with the UN Information Office provides exposure to the daily activities undertaken by the office, as well as an opportunity to gain first-hand experience on a diverse range of topics and issues comprising the work of the United Nations.

Interns get involved, inter alia, in assisting with media monitoring, drafting press reviews, reports and media analyses, preparing speeches on particular UN-related topics, researching background information in response to queries and providing substantive assistance in the dissemination of information and other logistical support to the office, including assisting the UN Information Office’s social media unit. Much of the work is ‘reactive’ and can include a very diverse range of responsibilities outside the specific terms of reference.

Read more about:

Eligibility

Interns are assigned to the following areas according to their specific competencies in any of the following: Communication, Information Technology, and Social Media.

The Internship period is for a fixed period of two (2) months initially (14 November – 14 January, 2016) and this can be (optionally) extended to additional three to six months contingent on performance, availability and the agreement of the intern and the UN Information Office.

As previously stated, there is no remuneration at all.

Prospective interns are expected to be in their third year or above of study i.e. Honours, Masters, PhD, in any of the following fields: International Relations, Political Studies, Communication, Journalism, Information Technology, Library Science, Human Resources, Administration and related subjects.

Application Procedures

Applicants  are required to download and complete the  internship application form 2016_IAF_Almaty  and submit it by email to Kazakhstan@unic.org . Clearly mention the period you are available and sign the forms. Once your application is accepted, you will be asked to sign and submit the UN Information Office Internship Agreement form.

Conditions of application:

  • In addition to the United Nations Information Office requirements, this internship also reflects a specific opportunity to participate in a joint inter-agency project called “combined internship”.

United Nations Information Office is partnering for this purpose with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) regional office for the Caucasus and Central Asia in Almaty (ROCCA).

This combined internship is intended to:

  • Promote a better understanding of humanitarian issues in the region and globally, and give an insight into the work of the United Nations
  • Provide administrative and substantive support to communications unit in strategic engagement with new partners
  • Assist office in effective social media management
  • Provide UNOCHA ROCCA with the able assistance of an outstanding young student specializing in a field related to their own work;

Please note that the internship is unpaid.

Scope of Work

The Communications Intern will be expected to work full-time for the duration of minimum two months (with possibility of extension). During the internship, the following activities are to be completed:

  • Assist in carrying out a mapping exercise aimed at exploring opportunities for engagement with the private sector in the region of Caucasus and Central Asia;
  • Assist in social media activities aimed at engaging audience in humanitarian affairs globally and regionally;
  • Media monitoring (daily media monitoring and production of brief press overviews);

Intern will be expected to perform other tasks, as required.

At the end of the internship, the UNOCHA ROCCA will provide full feedback on the job performed, and upon successful completion of the assigned duties, intern may request a letter of recommendation.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

Applicant must be enrolled in a degree program in a graduate school at the time of application and during the internship that is relevant for the internship. Applicant must have a Bachelor’s degree in communications, international relations, public relations or liberal studies. Outstanding candidates with a Bachelor’s degree only or currently in their third or fourth year of education may also be considered for this internship.

Language requirements:

Fluency in oral and written English; knowledge of Russian is highly recommended. Knowledge of Kazakh is an asset.

Experience:

No experience is required. Background in media relations, social media is an asset.

  • While supporting the activities of the United Nations Information Office the interns will be also required to assemble news headlines and clippings; hence editorial skills are essential to the internship.
  • Prior to starting, interns must have a reasonable understanding of the role of media at global level and in Kazakhstan and Central Asia as well.
  • All accommodation, travel arrangements, medical coverage, visas (nationals of foreign countries and/or non-residents of Kazakhstan) and other living expenses will be borne by the intern, or the sponsoring government or institution. UN Information Office Almaty cannot provide any financial support, and it accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the internship.
  • It is strongly advised that interns get full travel and medical insurance. UN Information Office Almaty is not responsible for any claims by any party where the loss of or damage to their property, death or personal injury was caused by the actions or omission of action by the interns during their internship.
  • Students who undertake an internship at UN Information Office Almaty are subject to an internal evaluation. UN Information Office Almaty retains all rights to reject candidates who are not performing adequately, and without prior notice, including to their educational institutions.
  • UN Information Office Almaty cannot guarantee any employment with the United Nations whatsoever after completion of the internship.
  • Interns are strongly encouraged to engage in extramural activities supporting the office and are expected to give inputs with relation to the day-to-day functioning of the office.
  • Interns must state clearly in their application form whether or not the internship is compulsory in light of their studies. If so, the responsible tutor at the university needs to submit a formal letter supporting the request. He/she will be briefed and will be sent an evaluation at the end of the internship.
  • If granted a position, interns must contact the office two weeks prior to the confirmed date of assignment by email to reconfirm/remind staff of their arrival, providing further details as well.
  • The Friday before the commencement of any assignment, there is a half-day compulsory training session at the UN Information Office in Almaty. Interns are required to get a security briefing.
  • A dress code should be observed at all times. Failure to comply with these rules can result in the cancellation of the internship.

 

The United Nations is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

 Almaty, 2 November, 2016