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Internships at the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization, Brussels and The Hague (The Netherlands). Deadline: 2 May 2011

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 nonviolence. UNPO represents over 50 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 organization’s headquarters in The Hague and a regional advocacy office in Brussels.

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.

UNPO's current vacancies are listed below.

Summer 2011 Internships in The Hague International Secretariat and Brussels Advocacy Office

Closing Date: The Hague – April 30 Interviews: May 2 – 6

Closing Date: Brussels – April 30 Interviews: May 2 – 6

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 (with possible attendance depending on the period of engagement and the aptitude of the intern); the conducting of research on UNPO Members; website management; advocacy and lobbying, project planning and implementation.

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.

Please note that UNPO has a general preference for full-time internships for a duration of a minimum of four months. Starting dates are flexible but please note that the positions are unpaid.

Interns in the Brussels advocacy office are expected to have an understanding of the workings of the European Parliament and European Structures and an eagerness to learn and network.

Intern requirements:


Genuine interest in and basic knowledge of minority rights, self-determination, indigenous peoples and human rights.

Proven experience to multitask, work under limited supervision and take initiative under tight deadlines.

Proven experience to run short term, self-directed projects.

Excellent command of oral and written English.

Good knowledge of Microsoft Office.

Sound understanding of the European Parliament and European Institutions for internships in the Brussels office.

Sound understanding of the United Nations Human Rights Council (associated UN mechanisms and tools), for internships in The Hague office.

Availability of minimum 4 months.


Knowledge of the international structures available to assist oppressed or disadvantaged peoples with particular focus on the European Union and the United Nations.

Working knowledge of other UN/EU languages and/or languages of our Members.

Knowledge of website management

Excellent writing style – academic and journalistic

Knowledge of office management

Experience in project proposal development and fundraising.

If you are interested in undertaking this internship at UNPO:

1. Please send an application in one email that includes the following:

Cover Letter (1 page only) addressed to UNPO General Secretary Mr. Marino Busdachin

Curriculum Vitae (2 pages only)

The names and contact details for 2 references

Writing Sample (essay/extract of maximum 1000 words in English)

2. Mark the email subject line: “Internship Application: YOUR NAME”

3. Indicate clearly in your cover letter the time period you would be available for an internship placement.

4.Send one application to either or, based on your preference. If you have no preference please state as such, but send your application to only one of the above email addresses.

Due to large numbers of applications, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Please note that rolling applications may be considered.