We don’t know where the time went, but it has gone as quickly as it arrived. Friday, 30 June 2017, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrated and said goodbye to eight exceptional interns. They were a hardworking and intelligent group of young men and women that gave their all to the Centre and the United Nation’s (UN) mission in Namibia.
The purpose of the UNIC Windhoek internship programme has been and will continue to be an initiative aimed at cultivating the wealth of talent within the Namibian youth. To expose interns to the unique working environment of the UN, and to groom them into experienced professionals capable of thriving within any working environment.
Experience has shown that interns at UNIC bring creativity, enthusiasm and a dynamic work ethic to the office, capable of implementing effective outreach activities and advocacy within Namibia.
This year’s group was no different as they epitomized the qualities necessary to support the UNIC office. With that being said, the Centre would like to acknowledge the efforts of Mr. Tom Shilongo, Ms. Mbatjita Ndjoze, Ms. Erna Tjombonde, Ms. Kristine Mupita, Mr. Cheryl Emvula, Mr. Alphonce Marealle, Mr. Robert Ngololo, Ms. Emma Schreiber and Mr. Mpho Katjiuongua. These young professionals gave their all to UNIC during the past six months.
Most of the interns are currently studying and representing the following tertiary institutions: University of Namibia (UNAM), Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) And the International University of Management (IUM). Emma participated as the only High School Volunteer from Germany.
It was a pleasure getting to know each of the interns, watching them fine tune their skills and implement projects that can really make a difference. The interns wrote blog posts, assisted with graphic design artwork, conducted research on an extensive social media campaign, worked on marketing projects facilitated educational outreaches, updated the library database, presented a social media plan to their Supervisors , and much more.
That being said, we know finding work can be a real challenge, especially if you lack experience. It’s almost a catch 22; you need a job to get work experience, but you struggle to get the experience because you can’t get a job.
However, the entire UNIC office was impressed by the interns’ ability to adapt to different situations, follow instructions, and represent the ideals of the UN with the utmost integrity.
On behalf of the entire UNIC team we wish them all the best with their future endeavours, and have the utmost confidence in their ability to succeed and achieve all their dreams.
Thank you to the interns for giving your full dedication every single day and thank you for bringing a lively atmosphere to the office. Thank you for working as a team, for being trustworthy with all you work and asking for assistance when needed. Finally, thank you for the memories and for contributing to UNIC Windhoek’s mission to the Namibian people.
Goodbye from the UNIC Windhoek team