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UNA-NCA P&M and GFP Program Assistants
Global Classrooms DC Program Assistant
Global Classrooms DC Youth Intern (Only open to High School Students)


About the Program
UNA-NCA and Global Classrooms DC offer year-round, unpaid internships to current students (undergraduates and graduates) and recent graduates.  Both UNA-NCA and Global Classrooms DC Program Assistant positions are available for extension into the next possible semester.

The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) is accepting Program Assistant applications for its Programs & Membership (P&M) and Graduate Fellows Program (GFP) positions. The Program Assistant position is a part-time, unpaid internship opportunity available to both current students (undergraduates and graduates) and recent graduates.

P&M and GFP Position Overviews

20-32 hours/week

Program Assistants will experience working in a small, non-profit environment as an integral member of the UNA-NCA team while gaining exposure to a variety of project management responsibilities. Both P&M and GFP Program Assistants will work closely with UNA-NCA’s Managing Director of Programs and Membership.
P&M Program Assistants
The P&M position is focused upon membership development, event planning, volunteer and stakeholder management, general administrative tasks, and strategic communications. P&M Program Assistants gain firsthand exposure to core program management responsibilities. 
GFP Program Assistant
GFP Program Assistant work alongside GFP faculty and fellows to prepare for the program’s weekly Friday sessions. GFP Program Assistant must be available to participate in most, if not all Friday sessions from 11:30am to 2:30pm, extending from Mid-January until early May. When not assisting with the GFP, the GFP PA will assume the same responsibilities as a P&M Program Assistant. To learn more about the GFP, please click here.

Position Responsibilities
* indicates GFP Program Assistant-specific responsibilities

    • Assist with all aspects of event planning, including securing speakers, locating venues, designing agendas, and managing registration
    • Coordinate event logistics with partner organizations and UNA-NCA volunteers
    • Manage event publicity and outreach
    • Represent staff at UNA-NCA and partner organization events
Database/Membership Management
    • Update and maintain UNA-NCA membership database and listserv
    • Assist with membership recruitment and retention
    • Help contact new and current members to inform them about upcoming event and volunteer opportunitiesDraft monthly membership report
    • Assist with maintaining and updating the UNA-NCA website
    • Design, write, and edit UNA-NCA newsletters, promotional/event materials, and various reports
    • Maintain UNA-NCA's social media presence

Graduate Fellows Program*
    • Assist with preparations for, and execution of, GFP program sessions
    • Act as a liaison between faculty, mentors, fellows, and staff
    • Manage engagement with GFP alumni
    • Oversee the organization of GFP’s Google Drive database
    • Take notes and be an active participant in faculty meetings and GFP sessions

* indicates a GFP Program Assistant-specific qualification

    • Detail-oriented, well-organized
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills
    • Able to conduct research quickly, yet diligently
    • Ability to work independently as well as a part of a team with minimal supervision while maintaining a proactive, collaborative outlook
    • Proficient with, or willing to learn Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, Asana, Slack, and Zoom
    • Available Fridays from 11:30am-2:30pm (the occasional absence is permitted)*
    • Willing to voice opinions and receive constructive criticism
    • Able to take excellent notes*

    • 1+ year of experience in an office setting, handling day-to-day administrative tasks
    • Event planning experience
    • Previous experience working in a fast-paced environment, where handling multiple projects at once is a necessity
    • Database experience preferred
    • Experience with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premiere
    • Previous teaching, training, or presentation experience*
    • Knowledge of, or experience in, the United Nations system*

Position Benefits

    • UNA-NCA membership
    • Access to regular career development workshops and UNA-NCA’s extensive professional network
    • Opportunities to work closely with UNA-NCA staff, board members, and volunteers
To apply, please email your resume, cover letter, and hours of availability to andrew@unanca.org and include either “P&M Program Assistant” or “GFP Program Assistant” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Global Classrooms DC Program Assistant

Applications for Summer 2021 are open until Monday, March 29. See below for application directions.
20-32 hours/week
Global Classrooms Program Assistants typically fulfill their hours Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

* Note: this position can be extended into Fall 2021, depending on performance and/or academic requirements.

Global Classrooms DC (GCDC) is UNA-NCA’s flagship education program. GCDC aims to educate and introduce those, particularly youth, in the Washington DC area on the United Nations. Program Assistants with GCDC will gain experience working in a small, non-profit environment and exposure to a variety of different tasks, including social media promotion, research and development, and preparing conference background guides and materials related to global education and Model United Nations. This position is ideal for those interested in international relations, non-profit management, program development, and education, and will provide hands-on experience as an integral member of the team. This position also allows assistants to participate in a variety of professional development tools and seminars during their time. 

Send your most up-to-date cover letter, resume/CV, and short writing sample (2-page maximum) to gcdc@unanca.org. In your email, please include the subject line “GCDC Spring 2021 Internship”.
This position is open to current and recently graduated undergraduate and graduate students. We strongly encourage international students to apply.

Job Duties
  • Support the Senior Global Education Manager with event and conference logistics, such as the Fall Model UN Training Conference at the Pan American Health Organization
  • Write, research, and edit background and preparation materials for GCDC Year-Round Curriculum and Conferences 
  • Strategize volunteer recruitment for mentorship and conference opportunities as well as community outreach to new schools and partners 
  • Develop promotional program materials, and posts on social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter 
  • Assist with maintaining the UNA-NCA website in regards to Global Classrooms DC content 
  • Represent Global Classrooms at UNA-NCA, partner organizations, and other events in the DC area as the relate to global education and international affairs
  • Research partnership, grant, and fundraising opportunities to expand the work of GCDC

Required Skills and Experience
  • Strong written and oral communication skills 
  • Strong planning and time-management skills 
  • Extensive research, problem-solving, and creative thinking skills
  • Experience in an office setting, handling day-to-day administrative tasks 
  • Customer service skills, especially via phone and email 
  • Detail-oriented 
  • Ability to work both independently and as a part of a team with minimal supervision 
  • Ability to balance multiple projects at once 
  • Background or strong interest in international affairs and/or Model United Nations

*This position is unpaid, but volunteer hours or school credit is available. 

Global Classrooms DC Youth Intern

*Only open to High School Students

Youth Interns will gain experience and develop skills necessary for working in a professional environment, refine research and writing skills, and receive exposure to a variety of communications, membership, events, development, and general administrative tasks. This position is ideal for high school students who are passionate about international issues and/or education and driven, hardworking students and are looking to develop life skills outside of the classroom.

Please note this position is only open to high school students, and is for the 2020-2021 school year. 

To Apply: please send a resume, cover letter, and a 2-page maximum writing sample to gcdc@unanca.org. In your email, please include the subject line "GCDC Youth Intern Position".

Deadline to apply for the 2021-2022 School Year: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 by 5 pm EST

Job Duties
  • Work remotely (or outside the office) with the Global Classrooms DC team to accomplish monthly goals, and have frequent communication to keep up-to-date
  • Write and edit our monthly newsletter that keeps our network of educators in DC, Maryland, and Virginia engaged and informed on international issues
  • Develop creative and interesting posts on social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter
  • Provide staff support and attend various UNA-NCA and GCDC events, including the Annual Spring Conference at the U.S. Department of State and the Pan American Health Organization, and possible partnership events

Minimum Skills Required
  • Must be a high school student in DC, Maryland, or Virginia enrolled in public school, public charter school, private school, or home-schooled education
  • Detail-oriented
  • Strong written and oral communication skills 
  • Customer service skills, especially via phone and email
  • Strong research skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team, as well as independently with minimal supervision while maintaining a "can-do" attitude
  • Ability to balance multiple projects at once
  • Strong interest in international affairs, political science, international relations, related field or Model United Nations
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and ability to use social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube) for communication and promotion

**This position is unpaid, volunteer hours are available upon request