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Internship: Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization

Internship/Volunteering Opportunity: Brussels

Start: September 2012 (Brussels)

Deadline for applications: 2 September 2012 (Brussels)

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 non-violence. 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 the 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, 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 events (with possible attendance depending on the period of engagement), 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 intern should enjoy working in an internationally oriented office where a multitude of tasks will be assigned.

The internship requires a high degree of responsibility and autonomy from the intern, but in turn promises an equally rewarding experience.

Intern requirements:


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

- Ability to work under limited supervision and take initiative under tight deadlines.

- Ability to run short term, self-directed projects.

- Excellent command of oral and written English.

- Good knowledge of Microsoft Office.

- Good knowledge of the new social media.


- 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 EU/UN languages and/or languages of our Members.

- Basic knowledge of website management.

- Basic knowledge of office management and/or teamworking.

- Experience in project proposal development and fundraising.

Please note that applications from representatives of UNPO Members are encouraged.

If you are interested in undertaking an internship at UNPO please send an application that includes the following:

Cover Letter (1 page only) addressed to UNPO General Secretary Mr. Marino Busdachin Curriculum Vitae (2 pages only) Writing Sample (essay/extract of maximum 1000 words in English, preferably relevant to the work of UNPO)

Please mark subject line: “Internship Application: YOUR NAME” and indicate clearly in your letter the exact time period you would be available for an internship placement.

Send your complete application to

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

Applications not meeting the criteria above risk being disqualified from the outset.


For general inquiries on internships in Brussels, email

For general inquiries on internships in The Hague, email