Internship Culture Sector - Tenders Global

Internship Culture Sector

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization




The Executive Office of the Culture Sector provides strategic advice, quality control and management support to the Assistant Director-General for Culture (ADG/CLT) and ensures the overall coordination of the development, implementation and monitoring of the approved programme and budget of the Culture Sector, as well as the communication with other sectors at UNESCO, with other agencies of the UN System and with external partners.

The Administrative Office of the Culture Sector provides a wide range of financial and administrative services in accordance with UNESCO’s rules, regulations, and procedures in order to support the implementation of the Culture Sector programme. This includes general administrative and financial matters, human resources management issues and logistical support from resource planning to implementation, monitoring and liquidation of financial commitments.  

Interns also assist in the implementation of initiatives related to global priorities (Africa and Gender Equality), priority groups and transversal thematic areas, such as culture and education, culture and climate change, indigenous peoples, SIDS, and youth.
Duties and responsibilities: 

In this framework, we are looking for candidates to join the Culture Sector as interns to work under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Culture (ADG/CLT), and the general supervision of the Director/Chief of Entity, and the direct supervision of the Head of Unit/Programme Specialist to contribute to the work of the Unit/Entity, in particular to:

  • Assist in the implementation and monitoring of Culture programmes and activities.
  • Contribute to the preparation of documents, reports, work plans and communication content including briefings, talking points, speeches and online content for the Sector.
  • Assist in conducting research, compiling data and carrying out analysis, drafting and preparing materials pertaining to the implementation of the UNESCO Culture Conventions.
  • Participate and assist with upcoming meetings, training workshops, events, webinars and conferences organized by the Sector, taking notes and preparing minutes.
  • Assist in building and maintaining working relationships with other Sectors/Entities, donors/partners, relevant national and international organizations, etc.
  • Contribute to any additional tasks and responsibilities as assigned by the Unit/Entity within the Culture Sector.
Learning Objectives:

This assignment is expected to provide the intern with the opportunity to develop skills in some of the following areas, depending on the needs of the team during the internship:

  • Develop a fundamental understanding and overview of the mission and structure of the UNESCO Culture Sector in protecting and promoting cultural heritage and creativity.
  • Acquire an understanding of the mandate of UNESCO as well as its role and functioning as an international organization of the United Nations System.
  • Develop skills to elaborate internal and external written materials with diplomatic awareness and professional tone in an international context.
  • Gain experience working in a multicultural team and for an international organization.
  • Cultivate communication, social media and project management skills.
Required Qualifications:

At the time of your application to the internship programme:

  • You are currently enrolled in a graduate programme (Master’s degree, PhD, or equivalent, second university degree or higher).
  • You have recently graduated with a Master’s degree or PhD (or second degree as defined above), 12 months prior to the start of the internship.
  • Please note that candidates who have completed their full-time bachelor’s degree but are not enrolled in a graduate programme are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants in secretarial/assistant or technical/professional assignments must be enrolled in a secretarial school or in a specialized technical/professional institution, and must have reached the last year of their studies, or have recently graduated (within the last 12 months) from their school or institution.  
  • You should have an excellent command, both written and spoken, of English or French. A working knowledge of the other language (English or French) is an asset, and may be required for internships in secretarial and assistantship assignments at the Headquarters.
Computer skills:
  • You must have an excellent knowledge of computer systems and office-related software.




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