How to secure a United Nations internship in Africa
March 1, 2012 5:01 AM Subscribe
I am looking for an internship with the United Nations, or a UN agency (UNDP, UNAIDS, UNESCO, UNICEF etc) in sub-Saharan Africa for a period of 10-20 weeks from September 2012. I have tried emailing application forms to country offices, with my CV and cover letter, but no luck with responses. Any tips or tricks or other help that you can provide? Thanks!
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I am enrolled on a two-year International Development Master's degree, and I have a good academic and professional record, a couple of publications, and extensive travel experience in sub-Saharan Africa. I am largely focussing on English-speaking countries (my French is OK, but not great).
Is there some procedure I should be following - following up emails with telephone calls? Targeting specific people in the organisation? Stressing a particular part of my application? What specifically are most country offices looking for, and is there any procedure that the UN or UN agencies follow for internship selection? I am guessing that this may vary greatly between organisations and countries, but any 'inside information' would be very helpful, and tips greatly appreciated! (I am interested in internships focussing on health, education or economic governance, and understand that internships are mostly unpaid). Happy to provide more information if helpful - many thanks in advance!