Internship Objective & Guidelines (IOG)
The objectives of the Internship Program are to promote among the participants a better understanding of the United Nations and of the World For World Organization (WFWO). Internships provide Team section at Headquarters or in the field areas with the assistance of outstanding young students specializing in fields relevant to WFWO’s activities.
Internships with the WFWO provide an opportunity for selected undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students who are pursuing a course of study or work in fields related to the WFWO’s mandate and activities to:
- increase their understanding of relevant issues at the international level by involving them directly in the work and involved them in general activities of WFWO’s principles, programs and strategies and communications aspect;
- gain practical work experience related to their academic background or future work in the field related to WFWO’s mission.
Interns gain an understanding of how the WFWO operates and enhance their educational experience by working under the supervision of a senior team member.
The backgrounds of interns are matched with the needs of the WFWO. Interns provide the WFWO with the assistance of young talent for a limited period and offer the most recent thinking and research experience in their area of academic study.
In order to be considered for an internship at the WFWO, applicants should meet the following requirements and qualifications:
- Applicants must be currently enrolled in a university or graduate school and have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies;
- Applicants should hold degrees in disciplines considered relevant to the WFWO’s activities, e.g. International Law, Economics, International Relations, Political Science and Social Sciences, Communications and Publication, Project Management, Evaluation Specialist, Environment Specialist, Post Conflict Specialist, Emergency Operations, Building Capacity-Training Specialist, Gender Quality Specialist, Health and Education Specialist.
- Specialist Applicants can be upon to all nationalities.
- Applicants should have a working (both oral and written) knowledge of at least one of the WFWO’s official languages (English, French, Spanish or Italian).
- Applicants should be able to adapt to an international, multicultural, multilingual environment;
- Good communication skills;
- Ability to work fairly independently or as part of a team;
- Initiative and flexibility;
- Any past work experience and knowledge of information system and website design or related work would be an advantage;
- Close relatives of a serving WFWO are not eligible to apply.
DURATION & WORKING TIMES
The length of an internship should not normally be less than three months nor exceed six months.
The WFWO’s Executive Secretariat Internship Program is offered on a two-month basis three times a year: Mid-January to mid-March (Spring Session); Early June to early August (Summer Session); Mid-September to mid-November (Fall Session)
The program is normally full-time, i.e., interns are expected to work five days a week or half day a week (10:00 a.m. – 16:00 p.m. or 10:00 a.m – 14:00 p.m ) in the office of the Secretariat which has selected them, carrying out their tasks under the supervision of a team member.
In WFWO field locations, the amount of the special fund to be cover to the interns will be established in line with other similar organisations engaging interns at local level and taking account of local circumstances.
CONDITIONS OF INTERNSHIPS
- The cost of travel, insurance and accommodation, as well as living expenses, are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions.
- Interns are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and for obtaining the necessary passport and visa or other documents for entering Italy or any other duty station.
- Interns are responsible for arranging their own accommodation.
- WFWO does not accept responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during an internship.
- Interns are responsible for procuring and maintaining their own insurance coverage for illness and accidents while they are working at the WFWO and a copy of documentation attesting to such insurance coverage should be provided to WFWO administration by each intern on their first day of internship.
The selection of candidates for internships is completely decentralized by Team Section. The WFWO does not have specific vacancies for interns. There is no list of internship vacancies. Internships are awarded by WFWO by Team Section based on their needs and whether or not a candidate’s profile meets those needs.
Candidates are therefore advised to consult the WFWO’s website to familiarize themselves with the work of the various activities of the Team Section and to submit a CV and covering letter directly to WFWO’s Human Resources Team which interest them most. Should there be a need for an intern in that Team Section or area of activity, the candidate will be contacted directly.
WFWO will also places CV of eligible intern applicants on the Internship Roster via the WFWO for hiring Team review. After receiving acknowledgment of receipt of a qualified CV, you will be contacted only if a hiring Team section is interested in inviting you.
- Please note that the WFWO is unable to respond to telephone queries concerning the status of individual applications and competitions.
- Please note that only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
- Recruitment for all other employment opportunities (e.g. short-term) is decentralized by Team Section.
For further information or general enquiries regarding internship opportunities, please contact us by email at:[email protected]