Summer 2017 Internship

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency
Washington, DC
Mar 09, 2017
Aug 18, 2017
Full Time

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) is seeking a qualified intern for Summer 2017 to support the operations of the Washington Representative Office. The position is non-compensatory and preference is given to students who can work 35 hours a week. Approximate dates for the internship are June to August.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The intern will be responsible for assisting with the smooth functioning of the small Washington Representative Office, including:

  • Researching and tracking legislation as it relates to UNRWA and other issues in the Middle East;
  • Tracking American media coverage of issues related to UNRWA and the Middle East;
  • Drafting fact sheets, correspondence, talking points, and other external communications;
  • Attending Congressional hearings, briefings and other special events both on the Hill and within the broader NGO community, including attending weekly seminars arranged for UN interns with top UN officials in Washington; and,
  • Researching general issues related to the intersection between the United States and UNRWA's operation in the Middle East.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE: The United Nations expects the highest standards in its interns, and selection of interns is highly competitive. Preference will be given to recent graduates or students in their senior year of college or graduate school, with major area of study in international relations, political science, or a related field. Students should demonstrate excellent language, research and writing skills. The qualifications required include:

  • Excellent communication skills in spoken and written English, ability to draft/edit a variety of texts, and the ability to articulate positions in a clear and concise style;
  • Professional discretion and rigorous respect for confidentiality;
  • Proven ability to multitask; and,
  • Sound appreciation of regional context and general understanding of US foreign policy in the Middle East.

An interest in US foreign policy in the Middle East, the Hill, general knowledge of the Middle East, and/or research skills is a plus.

ABOUT UNRWA: UNRWA is the United Nations agency responsible for responding to the humanitarian and development requirements of a population of some 5 million Palestine refugees living in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and the Syrian Arab Republic. UNRWA is committed to assisting Palestine refugees in maintaining a decent standard of living, acquiring appropriate knowledge and skills, enjoying the fullest possible extent of human rights, and leading long and healthy lives. UNRWA is the largest UN operation in the Middle East. Most UNRWA staff are refugees themselves, working directly to benefit their communities - as teachers, doctors, nurses or social workers.

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