The Communications Section of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is currently looking for interns who would be interested in joining our team for a period of three to six months.
The ICTY is a United Nations’ court of law dealing with war crimes that took place during the conflicts in the Balkans in the 1990’s, since its establishment in 1993 it has irreversibly changed the landscape of international humanitarian law and provided victims an opportunity to voice the horrors they witnessed and experienced.
The Tribunal is composed of three pillars, namely the Chambers, the Registry and the Office of the Prosecutor. The Communications Section, as part of the Registry, is responsible for all public information related issues, and very significantly, for “reaching out” to the region of the former Yugoslavia, with various projects such as university lectures, conferences, production of documentaries, etc.
Our interns get the opportunity to work on press releases, assist in drafting media reports, contribute to the development of content for the website, assist in organizing and handling visits at the ICTY and other related activities.. Please find below additional information about our Section and the work we do.
We would greatly appreciate if you could share this information with your students and colleagues. This will both help us identify the best interns for our department, and provide an opportunity to your students to get a firsthand experience of working in a UN organization.
The students interested in doing an internship at the Tribunal can apply on-line through the link below.
Thanking you for your kind consideration and with best regards,
The ICTY Communications Section.
Link to the on-line application:
List of activities in the Communications Section:
The Communications Service has two main components:
· Public Information
The Media Office communicates information about the Tribunal’s work and achievements through its daily contacts with the media. It responds to media enquiries, issues press releases, facilitates interviews with the Tribunal’s spokespersons, assists research on Tribunal related issues, provides audiovisual material for media use, and assists journalists in their work on in-depth projects about the Tribunal. The office also holds a weekly press briefing, which provides the media with updates and an opportunity to put “on the record” questions to ICTY spokespersons. The Tribunal’s social media platforms are also handled by the Media Office providing up to the minute information on judicial and outreach activities.
The Web Unit operates and maintains the ICTY website in English, French and Bosnian/ Croatian/Serbian – the site includes public information materials, legal documents, and special features prepared by the Communications Service in coordination with relevant sections throughout the Tribunal. The Web Unit also operates and maintains the MICT website in English, French, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and Kinyarwanda.
The Library/Publications/Tribunet unit variously: provides library research services to ICTY staff and interns, and maintains an up-to-date collection of books, loose-leaf and journals on international criminal law, human rights, international humanitarian law, etc.; produces publications including brochures, leaflets, postcards, posters and other public relations material, produces and disseminates a bimonthly newsletter aimed at the diplomatic community, assists in the proofreading/editing of all English language material produced by the Communications service; and manages the Tribunet, the institution’s intranet, which includes an internal news service for staff.
A legal background is not required; applicants with a background in journalism, media, public relations, web development, social media or the humanities would be preferred for the Public Information section.
Outreach (preferred period of three to six months)
The Outreach Programme is dedicated to communicating the work and relevance of the Tribunal to the peoples of the former Yugoslavia. Operating primarily in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, the programme strives to make the Tribunal’s activities transparent, accessible and intelligible to the communities of the region, with a focus on raising awareness of the ICTY’s work and promoting its legacy. Through its regional offices – in Sarajevo and Belgrade – the Outreach Programme actively engages local legal communities, NGOs, media, victims’ associations and other key groups. Outreach is also responsible for the majority of public visits to the Tribunal, which, in the last year, saw Outreach staff welcoming more than 9,000 guests.
A legal background is not required; applicants with humanities/social sciences backgrounds would certainly be considered.