Org. Setting and Reporting
The internship is located at the External Relations Office in the Mechanism’s Registry in The Hague, reporting to the Press Officer and External Relations Officer. The International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (Mechanism) was established in 2010 by the United Nations to continue the jurisdiction, rights, obligations and essential functions of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) after the completion of their respective mandates. Essential functions of the Mechanism include tracking and prosecution of remaining fugitives, conducting remaining trial and appeals proceedings, support and protection of witnesses, supervision of enforcement of sentences and preservation and management of the archives. The Mechanism has two branches, one in Arusha, Tanzania and the other in The Hague, The Netherlands.
A Mechanism internship is UNPAID and full-time. Core working hours for interns are Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Overtime may be required to meet deadlines for specific projects. Interns work under the supervision of a staff member in the office to which they are assigned. The duration of a Mechanism internship can range from a minimum of three months to a maximum of six months, according to the needs of the intern’s assigned office.
• Monitor worldwide news sources for articles relating to the Mechanism and its work.
• Produce daily reports containing such news items for distribution among senior figures at both branches of the Mechanism.
• Produce first drafts of press releases; draft possible questions and answers for use during press briefings.
• Assist staff proofreading and editing press releases, news items and other public information material.
• Assist staff with research requests and any other general requests from the media.
• Support the work of the Public Information Assistant by drafting and uploading information to the Mechanism social media channels.
• Draft articles for publication on the Mechanism’s intranet news service.
• Undertake background research and/or collect information for public information projects. In addition, assist in the preparation of social media or other reports.
• Assist with the organization and implementation of group visits to the Mechanism in The Hague.
• Draft content for use in new features on the Mechanism website, and assist in the proofreading and quality control of website content.
• Provide assistance during the preparation for and duration of high-profile events such as conferences and trial judgements.
• Assist in the daily running of the Mechanism’s legal library.
• Assist with the implementation of longer-term projects on behalf of any of the Units within the External Relations Office.
• Draft meeting minutes, reports, speaking and background notes and similar.
• Perform other duties as assigned.