United Nations University Junior Fellows Internship Program at the Office of the Rector 2019
Deadline: October 31, 2018
Applications are open for the United Nations University Junior Fellows Internship Program 2019. The United Nations University Office of the Rector recruits highly qualified applicants to work as Junior Fellows at the UNU headquarters in Tokyo.
Running parallel to most university semesters, Junior Fellows are selected twice per year, once in May-June for the fall term and once in September-October for the spring term. The fall term begins in mid-August and lasts until mid-December. The spring term runs from February to May.
The purpose of the Junior Fellows Internship Programme at the Office of the Rector is:
- to promote interaction and dialogue between young scholars, professionals and UNU;
- to familiarize junior fellows with the activities of the Office of the Rector and the work of UNU;
- to provide opportunities for young professionals to gain in-depth, hands-on experience in a UN agency;
- to expose young professionals to an administrative working environment, and;
- to provide support to activities within the Office of the Rector.
Participants in this programme have the opportunity to engage in a number of ongoing initiatives that provide a unique window into the working processes of the University. Junior Fellows support the work of the Office of the Rector in the following areas:
- Research and writing for institutional development: preparation of executive briefs on priority issues; background research and drafting of topical information briefs in support of internal policy development (i.e. related to the functioning of the University);
- Beginning in Spring 2019, the Office of the Rector is interested in having one Junior Fellow with a legal background or similar experience, to assist with projects in legal affairs;
- Planning: supporting the development of project management tools and systems;
- Event coordination: supporting the organization of lectures, conferences, workshops, and other public events;
- Meeting coordination: logistical support and minute taking;
- Editorial support: proof-reading reports and copy editing;
- Communication: preparation and dissemination of newsletters, event summaries, and other communication documents.
- Junior Fellows are provided office space and facilities, as appropriate for their work, and are provided a monthly stipend in addition to a fixed transportation allowance for their commute to and from the UNU headquarters building;
- Junior Fellows also enjoy free access to the headquarters’ library and gym and have the unique opportunity to learn about, contribute to and provide assistance in the organization of conferences, lectures and academic forums and symposiums that take place throughout the year.
- Applicants should be currently pursuing or has recently completed postgraduate studies (master’s or doctoral), preferably in a field related to the University’s work;
- Is under 32 years of age at the time of application;
- Must not have more than 5 years of work experience in their related field;
- Has a native or near fluent command of written and spoken English;
- Has excellent research, writing and analytical skills;
- Can establish and maintain effective working relations with people from diverse backgrounds;
- Demonstrates resourcefulness and creativity in problem-solving;
- Has advanced computer skills: sound, hands-on, knowledge of standard office software (word processing, spreadsheets, databases, etc.); and
- Has a demonstrated interest in the work of the United Nations and more specifically, in the work of the United Nations University.
For more information, visit UNU Junior Fellows Internship.