The United Nations Information Centre Jakarta provides opportunities for recent university graduates and masters-level students to undertake internships for 3 months or longer. Students can utilize and enhance their educational experience through practical work assignments, while supporting the work of the Information Centre. An internship with UNIC provides exposure to the daily activities undertaken by the Centre, as well as an opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge on a diverse range of issues relating to the work of the United Nations.
Interns assist with design and implementation of communications campaigns, monitor local media sources, draft media advisories, press releases and reports as well as prepare remarks on particular UN-related topics for the Centre Director. In addition, they research background information in response to queries from the general public or for campaign design, and provide substantive assistance in the dissemination of information and logistical support for the Centre's activities. Some of the work includes responding to UN system priorities in Indonesia, high-level visits and news developments and can, therefore, include a very diverse range of responsibilities. Interns will be given responsibilities commensurate with their skills and aptitude and will have an opportunity to learn and grow as professional communicators in an international environment.
Application Procedure Interested candidates are required to download and complete the UNIC Jakarta Internship Application Form (located on the bottom) and submit it along with their latest curriculum vitae by email. Please clearly indicate the period you are available for the internship; we will normally not consider applications for less than three months. Do remember to sign the form. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please re-submit the application.
Prospective interns must have received a bachelor's degree or equivalent by the expected start date of the internship, ideally with a background in any of the following fields: International Relations, Political Science, Economics or Business Administration, Military or Security Studies, Mass Communication, Journalism, Social Sciences, Information Technology, Information Management, Law, including International Law, or other relevant field.
Interns must be able to draft press releases and other press announcements in English. Some experience with or interest in media and communications, especially social media, is expected. Interns may be asked to monitor local news and collate news headlines, summaries and clippings and translate news items or statements; some editorial skills are therefore essential for the internship, as is the ability (for national interns) to translate from Bahasa Indonesia to English and from English to Bahasa Indonesia.
Interns should have a reasonable understanding of the role of media in Indonesia and/or of UN priority issues globally.
International interns whose academic schedules may differ from the academic session in Indonesia should contact us by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org check the availability of internship opportunities.
Conditions and Requirements
The internship period is for a period of three months initially, and may be extended to six months or longer, contingent on performance, availability and with the mutual agreement of the intern and the UNIC Director. Exceptions to the three-month minimum internship period must be approved in writing by the Director.
Individuals who undertake an internship with UNIC Jakarta are subject to an internal evaluation. UNIC Jakarta retains all rights to reject candidates who are not performing adequately, and without prior notice, including to their educational institutions.
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 must 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 remind UNIC administrative staff of their arrival.
Security at UN offices is a primary concern and all interns will receive a security briefing from a United Nations security professional. All interns will be required to comply with all security instructions and requirements.
Professional appearance and behaviour in the workplace is expected at all times. Failure to comply with these rules will result in the cancellation of the internship.
All accommodation, travel arrangements, medical coverage, visas and other living expenses will be borne by the intern, or the sponsoring government or institution. UNIC Jakarta cannot provide any financial support and accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the internship. Interns are strongly advised to get full travel and medical insurance before commencing the internship.
UNIC Jakarta 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 an intern during the internship period.
UNIC Jakarta cannot guarantee any employment whatsoever after completion of the internship.
Please understand that there are a very limited number of positions available, and that the Centre receives many applications. While we will do our best to acknowledge your individual applications and answer your questions, we are sometimes only able to contact short-listed candidates.
FAQs Q: Will I be informed of the receipt of my application? A: Yes. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an e-mail address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement, your application may not have been received. In such cases, resubmit the application, if necessary.
Q: Is a Curriculum Vitae enough for an application? What do I need for the application? A: No. You will need to fill out the application form in addition to sending your CV. With the application form, you will also need to submit two references.
Q: Is there a difference between a voluntary and a compulsory internship? A: Yes. If the internship is compulsory, the responsible tutor at the university will need to submit a formal letter supporting the request. He/she will be briefed and will be sent an evaluation of the intern's performance at the end of the internship.
Q: Should I contact UNIC to check the status of my application? A: No. You will be informed about the outcome of the results as soon as the selection process is finalized. The decision-making process may vary from case to case. However, any change in address, e-mail or telephone number should be provided as soon as possible.
Q: How soon may I be informed about the outcome of my application? A: It varies from case to case and depends on a variety of factors, such as the volume of applications received; the availability of a spot; the duration of the internship, etc.
Q: Does an internship give credit for my studies? A: Check with your university/educational institution.
Q: What kind of skills are you looking for? A: Very good editorial and analytical skills, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a genuine interest in news, international politics and institutions such as the United Nations, ability to organize events, research, and conduct communications campaigns.
Q: Do I get a certificate? A: Yes, candidates who have successfully completed an internship with UNIC Jakarta receive a certificate stating the period of the internship, signed by the Centre Director.
Q: What nationalities can apply? A: The UNIC Jakarta internship programme is open to all nationalities. We try to achieve a mix of Indonesian nationals and international interns, when feasible.
Q: What type of visa do I need for a UNIC internship? A: UNIC interns must have a valid visa to stay in Indonesia and complete their internship. If selected, please contact us for more details on your specific situation.
Q: What kind of tasks will I be asked to do? A: You will be tasked with a very diverse range of responsibilities, including compiling news clippings and headlines, supporting UNIC communications campaigns, translating news items, press releases and statements of senior officials, and responding to UN-related queries. Interns will also assist the Director and UNIC staff in the dissemination of information, researching background information, and providing logistical support for UNIC events and activities. Interns will also be asked to assist with items for UNIC social media channels. Q: Normally, when is the internship start date? A: Internships start on the first workday of the month.
Q: What is the duration of the internship? A: Internships last for at least 3 months, except by prior written approval of the UNIC Director. The internship period can be extended, based upon satisfactory performance and the needs of the Centre.
Q: Can I do a part-time internship? A: Internships are normally on a full-time basis only. Exceptions to the full-time commitment must be approved in writing by the UNIC Director.
Q: What is the procedure for cancelling or refusing the internship offer? A: Selected applicants must notify the Centre's internship coordinator as to whether they will accept the internship or not, no later than two weeks after receipt of the written offer from UNIC. If we do not hear from you within the two-week period, we will assume you are no longer interested and will offer the internship to the next qualified candidate. If a change in plans necessitates you refusing an offer of the internship after you ave accepted it, please contact UNIC as soon as possible so that someone else may avail of the opportunity.
Q: Are internships with other UN agencies available? A: Other UN agencies, funds and programmes in Indonesia might have separate internship arrangements. Those interested in internships in organizations or offices other than UNIC Jakarta should contact the respective office directly for further information.
Q: Can I get any financial support from the UN? A: Internships with UNIC Jakarta are not paid. All expenses connected with the internship will have to be borne by the intern or any sponsoring institution.
Q: Do I need to have a health insurance plan? A: We highly recommend having valid health insurance covering your medical expenses in Indonesia.
Q: What are my chances of employment at the United Nations after the internship? A: The UNIC internship programme is not related to employment with the United Nations. There should be no expectation of employment within the UN system in Indonesia after an internship.