Internship Programme

If you are planning to embark on a career in the field of education, science, or culture, then an internship at UNESCO will be ideal for you.

The UNESCO Internship Programme offers you practical work in one of UNESCO’s priority areas. Aside from helping you understand the Organization’s mandate, programmes, and main thrusts, it also enhances your academic knowledge with relevant work assignments that can help you prepare for your future career.

Who can apply for UNESCO Graduate Internship Program 2021/2022?

You can apply for an internship if:

  • You have completed your full-time university studies (bachelor’s degree or equivalent) at a university or equivalent institution prior to commencing the assignment; or
  • You are enrolled in a graduate programme (second university degree or Master’s degree or equivalent, or higher), at the time of application; or
  • You have recently graduated with a university degree (first or second degree as defined above), within the last 12 months.

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.

What are the requirements to apply for UNESCO Graduate Internship Program 2021/2022?

  • Age: You must be at least 20 years old to apply.
  • Languages: 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.
  • Team player: You should be able to work well in a team and adapt to an international working environment.
  • Communication skills: You should possess strong interpersonal and communication skills.

What do you need to prepare before applying for UNESCO Graduate Internship Program 2021 / 2022?

  • Visa: You should obtain any necessary visas.
  • Travel: You must arrange and finance your travel to the location where you will undertake your internship.
  • Medical insurance: You must show proof of a comprehensive health insurance valid in the country where you will undertake your internship and for the entire period of the internship. UNESCO will only provide limited insurance coverage up to USD 30,000 against risk of illness, disability, or death during the internship period.
  • Medical certificate: Before the beginning of your internship, you must provide a medical certificate indicating you are fit to work.
  • ID/Certificate of Enrolment/Diploma (if you have just recently graduated)

Before applying for UNESCO Graduate Internship Programme 2021 / 2022

  • Have your motivation letter and résumé ready before filling out the application form. You only have one hour to finish the process.
  • All fields marked with * are mandatory.
  • You can only use either English or French in applying.
  • You are allowed to submit only one application.
  • The duration of an internship generally ranges between 2 and 6 months.
  • UNESCO does not remunerate interns. There is no compensation, financial or otherwise for internship assignments.
  • Even if you are eligible, there is no guarantee of placement. We receive more applications from qualified candidates than we can place.
  • Your application will be accessed by UNESCO managers around the world and will stay in our database for a period of six months.
  • We do not respond to each and every candidate. If selected, you will be directly contacted by the manager. If you do not receive any update within six months, it means that your application has not been successful.


How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should visit to apply


UNESCO Graduate Internship Programme 2021 / 2022



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A mailroom is an office where mails are processed The processing of mails involves receiving, sorting, packaging and re-packaging, storing, dispatching and destroying mails. Those machines used in performing the mailroom functions are called mailroom machines. Mailroom machines are the equipment used in modern mailrooms. They assist the mailroom personnel extensively in dealing with incoming and outgoing mails (Obodo and Qgbu, 1999),

According to May (1990), mailroom machines are those metallic objects or devices used in processing mails, The above definition stresses that mail handing machines must be made of metal or iron. This implies that the wooden equipment found in the mailroom should not be regarded as mail-handling machines. There are many types of machines used in handling the various mailroom functions. They range from the complex and electrically driven ones to the simple manually operated ones Some of these machines are discussed in this chapter, and they include folding machine, inserting machine, letter opening machine, guillotine, envelope sealing machine, addressing machine, stapling machine, stamping affixing machine, franking machine, scale, collator, shredding machine, and paper knife.

Folding Machine

This machine is specially designed to fold papers into various sizes. It folds papers according to the size of the envelope to be used. According to Onasanya (1990) “a folding machine fold papers into sizes that can conveniently go into any desired size of envelope. The folding machines can fold papers into narrow strips, the size inserted into drug bottles.


Dyeline (Diazo) Copying

This process uses the ultraviolet light, it uses a translucent master or original, which is put in contact with the diazo paper which is coated with diazonium salts. When the ultraviolet light passes through the translucent master, the print obstructs the light. The light acts on the diazo salts in the copy paper to form an image, which is developed by the developer to give a perfect copy. The diazo paper, coated with diazo salts is, bleached by the light and only the unbleached material where the light was obstructed is developed.

Electrostatic Copying

Whether one copy is required or 2000, the machine will supply them at the press of a button. Xerox marketed the original electrostatic copier and it took its name from the Greek word for ‘dry” Accordingly, Xerography is the art of giving dry copies. Even though the name Xerox has become synonymous with dry-copying, it should be noted that the name is a trade mark, and other manufactures of similar machines now use the term “plain paper” copiers. Some machines use coated papers in a semidry electrostatic process. There are some models, which can make copies on copy papers fed in the form of single sheets, rolls or cassettes. Copiers can also be reduced or enlarged.

Wet Process

In developing printed or typewritten copies, the wet process uses wet chemicals, solutions or vapour before drying by heat.

Duplicating Machines

Duplicating machines or duplicators are used for duplicating. Duplicating usual deals with flaking copies from masters, which may be paper or rnet61. Office staff should be conversant with duplicating processes. Some popular


duplicating processes duplicating,

stencil and off et litho duplicating.




Stencil Duplicating David Gestetner developed the original duplicating. The important feature of this process is that the stencil is pierced through with the lettering, etc. which, is required to be produced. Ink is then forced, through the holes to reproduce the copies.

The ordinary stencil is made p of the perforated heading (which is used to secure the stencil to the duplicator when copies are-run off), the stencil and the backing sheet. This pack is inserted into the typewriter and typed with the typewriter keys set at the “stencil” position. This is known as cutting stencil.” Setting the typewriter keys at the stencil position entails the disengagement of the ribbon. It is only when ribbon is disengaged that stencil can be cut. Errors are corrected with a special correcting fluid, which is painted on the wrongly typed character(s) and the correct text is typed over the dried fluid.

Stencils are run off on hand or electric rotary duplicators. The stencil is fastened round the drum in the duplicator, by means of the perforated heading. The drum is covered with a oft cloth and as the drum rotates, the cloth is saturated evenly with ink placed inside the: drum. The ink is then squeezed through the typed matter on to the special absorbent duplicating paper fed into the duplicator.

Spirit Duplicating

The master is prepared by hand, or in the typewriter. The special master paper has china clay incorporated in the reverse to give a smooth brilliant surface..: The reverse side, when struck by the typewriter keys, picks up a reverse image of the words typed in thick hectograph carbon from a hecto master sheet placed behind it. Scrapping off the incorrect


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