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Internships at the United Nations Environment Programme Location: Brussels DL: 8 November 2011

Internship At UNEP Brussels Office - 9 January 2012 to 6 July 2012 (6 months, unpaid)
1. Background Information
UNEP’s Regional Office for Europe (UNEP/ROE) – based in Geneva – promotes intergovernmental policy dialogue and regional cooperation, increases national capacity for environmental management and response emergencies, raises awareness and enhance information exchange, and translates global policies into regional action.
Within UNEP/ROE, UNEP’s Brussels Office aims at establishing regular and strategic relations with the European Union institutions (European Commission, European Parliament, Council of Ministers, Economic and Social Committee). The Brussels office works at policy, programmatic and public communication levels.
This internship is aimed at supporting the responsible communications staff member.
The role of communications in the Brussels Office is closely linked to that of policy & partnership with the European Union as well as with Major Groups and Stakeholders who are located in Brussels. Resource mobilization is also a component linked to the communications work undertaken in the office. In practice, what this means is opening doors and exploring opportunities for partnership with key organizations working at the EU level in Brussels; monitoring EU news, political developments; representing UNEP at meetings, conferences and events; and ensuring a good flow of information in the spirit of partnership with the EU institutions and other organizations.
2. Internship description
The intern selected will gain pragmatic and professional experience of working at UNEP as well as engaging with various EU institutions. S/he will also gain an introduction to the broad range of UNEP’s activities worldwide. He/she will also be fully involved into other UNEP Brussels office activities and events.
The intern will be mainly dealing with:
-        Communication campaigns, events
-        Monitoring news & gathering information

3. Duties and tasks
a) Awareness-raising & visibility

  • Support outreach and explore new partnerships with EU institutions, EU-focused organizations & Brussels-based media.
  • Contribute to the identification of areas of common interest between the European institutions and UNEP.
  • Assist in organizing and participating in UNEP-led and other partnership events.
  • Represent UNEP at conferences and public events when asked.

b) Communication & outreach
  • Collect and monitor EU news and political developments as well as events organized by other EU-focused institutions.
  • Monitor and liaise with UNEP offices worldwide, especially to collect new reports and publications, in order to prepare UNEP’s newsletter to the EU and Brussels-based major groups and stakeholders.
  • Support the launch of UNEP campaigns & reports.

c) Information management
  • Support internal information flow; keep contact with other UNEP offices worldwide as instructed.

d) Other ad hoc duties as required
  • Attend meetings, conferences and events and report back to relevant UNEP staff.
  • Respond to email and phone enquiries.
  • Support the organization and undertaking of high-level visits and events.
  • Contribute with other UN entities on collaborative events.

4. Requirements
-      University Degree in a discipline relevant to UNEP’s mandate. Interns should be currently enrolled at a University.
-      Demonstrated interest in Environmental issues, the United Nations, and/or international governance.
-      Good knowledge and interest in the European Union.
-      Excellent level of English. Other languages an asset, especially French.
-      Interested in technology, including social media.
-      The successful candidate will be:
  • a concise and clear writer
  • well organized & proactive
  • a diplomatic yet confident speaker
  • a creative & innovative thinker
  • results orientated

5. Conditions
Applicants must as a minimum requirement be enrolled in the fourth semester of undergraduate (bachelor level) programme and be willing to work on a full-time basis, five days per week.
Interns receive no remuneration. Costs of travel, accommodation & living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions. Interns are solely responsible for obtaining the necessary visas and arranging their travel to Brussels. Interns must also provide for and prove that they are insured for the period of their internship.

6. Application process
Please send your CV, a customized cover letter to Ms Martine Foerter by 8 November 2011: mentioning “UNEP Communications intern” in the subject of your e-mail.
We plan to conduct telephone interviews with shortlisted candidates on 10-11 November 2011 & to notify the successful candidate on 15 November 2011.
Shortlisted candidates will also be asked to produce a short written exercise before the interview.