October 4, 2010

Postgraduate Internship in Communications

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability – is offering a post-graduate internship in communications in the World Secretariat in Bonn, Germany to support ICLEI’s global communications work. ICLEI  is a worldwide association of more than 1,200 metropolitan regions, cities, towns, counties and municipal associations in 70 countries that are dedicated to implementing sustainable development. ICLEI provides technical consulting, training, and information services to build capacity, share knowledge, and support local government in the implementation of sustainable development at the local level.

Tasks and responsibilities of the intern:
The intern will support the communications team in general with internal and external communications, developing and running global campaigns and organizing press and media work; specifically:
- with researching and writing communications materials such as news bits, press releases, brochures, case studies, etc.
- assisting with website maintenance, web content and online newsletters
- supporting the planning and coordinating of direct mail campaigns
- maintaining media relations and developing the basis for furthering media outreach by researching targeted media contacts, publications and associations
- maintaining and expanding the publications and media library.

- degree in a relevant subject such as Communications, Public Relations, Journalism; or with a strong interest and some experience in communications work with a degree in Politics, Public Policy, International Relations/Development or similar
- very good oral and written communication and attention to detail
- ability to research and write original content for a diverse range of communication products and needs (internal/external, print, online, press work etc.)
- creative, motivated and pro-active attitude
- organized working style and ability to follow through,
- excellent English (written and spoken); proficiency in another language is considered as an additional asset
- computer skills: office packages; experience with web content management (preferably Typo 3), experience with databases would be an advantage

Terms and conditions
- The internship position is available from November 2010 at the ICLEI World Secretariat in Bonn, Germany. The duration will be six months. The internship is within ICLEI’s Communication team, the intern reports to the Manager Communications & Dialogues;
- ICLEI offers interns a cost compensation of Euro 640, i.e., about Euro 525 after tax and social insurance fees;
- Workings hours: 40h per week; 2 days of paid leave per month (i.e., 12 days for six months internship);
- Working language: English;
- Non-EU citizens are also welcome to apply provided they have the possibility of being granted an EU work permit prior to the start of the internship.

Application procedure
Send an e-mail to jobs.bonn@iclei.org or a fax to +49–228 / 97 62 99 01, with “Communications internship” in the subject line, and do not forget to include the following elements:
- a letter of motivation
- your CV (3 pages at most) with photo
- indication of citizenship (and if non-EU, whether you are holder of a work permit for Germany)

During the first days in Bonn, the intern has the possibility to stay in a modest accommodation at ICLEI. Additionally, ICLEI staff is willing to support the intern in finding suitable accommodation. The average cost for rent of a room in Bonn is around 250-300 Euro per month in a shared living arrangement.

The deadline fot the application is 20th of October 2010.

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