FAQs

FAQ
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 CV enough for an application? What do I need for the application ?
A: Yes. However notice that, with the application form, you need to submit two references.

Q: Is there a difference between a voluntary and a compulsory internship ?
A: Yes there is. If the internship is compulsory, the responsible tutor at the university needs to submit a formal letter supporting the request. He/she will be briefed and will be send an evaluation 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. In the majority of cases, selected applicants are notified about three months prior to the commencement of the internship.

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.

Q: Do I get a certificate ?
A: Yes, selected candidates who have successfully completed a UNIC internship receive a certificate stating the period of the internship, signed by the UNIC Pretoria Director.

Q: What nationalities can apply ?
A: The UNIC Pretoria internship program is open to all nationalities. Candidates from African countries in particular are encouraged to apply.

Q: What type of visa do I need for a UNIC internship?
A: UNIC interns must have a valid visa to stay in South Africa and complete their internship. Depending on your nationality this may vary. Please check with the South African Embassy/Consulate in your country of current residence.

Q: What kind of job will I be requested to do?
A: The work at UNIC is varied and multifaceted. Interns are sometimes expected to undertake work outside the specific terms of reference. You will be tasked with a very diverse range of responsibilities, including compiling news clippings and headlines, updating clippings boards, responding to UN-related queries, assisting the Director and staff in the dissemination of information, researching background information, other logistical support to the office on a wide range of issues, and assisting the UNIC librarian in aiding library visitors.

Q: When is the starting date of my internship?
A: Internships always start the first of the month. There is a compulsory one-day training session prior to the commencement of your internship.

Q: What is the duration of the internship ?
A: Internships for local applicants last 1 month, for internationals 2 months. Periods can be extended based upon satisfaction and needs of the office. International interns receive a security briefing.

Q: Can I do a part-time internship?
A: Internships are normally on a full-time basis.

Q: Can I postpone my internship until later?
A: No. An internship offer is for a specific session only. If the applicant declines the offer, s/he must reapply and the reapplication will be considered along with all the applications received for that session.

Q: What is the procedure for cancelling or refusing the internship offer?
A: Selected applicants must notify the internship coordinator whether they will accept the internship or not, no later than two weeks after receipt of the written offer from UNIC.

Q: Where can I stay in Pretoria ? What does it cost?
A: It is the responsibility of the intern to arrange for his/her accommodation. Nevertheless, the Internship Office provides interns selected with an unofficial list of accommodation options.

Q: Are there internships with other agencies available ?
A: Other UN agencies, funds and programmes in South Africa might have separate internship arrangements. Students interested in internships in organizations or offices other than UNIC Pretoria should contact the respective office directly for further information.

United Nations Headquarters in New York has an internship programme for students enrolled in a graduate programme. Please check here for further information

Q: Can I get any financial support from UN?
A: Internships at the United Nations Information Centre in Pretoria 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 South Africa.

Q: What are my chances of employment at the United Nations after the internship?
A: The UNIC internship programme is not related to employment in the United Nations. There should be no expectation of employment within the UN System in South Africa after an internship.

Q: How do I reach the UNIC Pretoria internship programme?
A: Contact
UNIC Internship Coordinator
United Nations Information Centre Pretoria
Fax: +27 12 354 8501
E-mail: info.pretoria@unic.org