Information for Interns

The CEP has a very vibrant Internship Programme open to local and international students which offers candidates a variety of skills and life lessons on completion. Please find below information for individuals considering working with the CEP as an Intern.

Language Requirements

In that the UNEP-CAR/RCU has three working languages, English, Spanish and French, intern candidates should have fluency in at least one of the three working languages.

Type of Assignments

Although the UNEP-CAR/RCU Office is located in Kingston, assignments involving on-site visits or field work in Kingston or else where in Jamaica are rare.  The work is desk-based and may include but not be limited to project formulation, monitoring and / or evaluation, research and preparation of papers, preparing work for and participation in intergovernmental meetings, website or database maintenance.


Reasonable, low-priced accommodation is not easy to find and interns may stay at a youth hostel or YMCA while searching for a longer-term accommodation or for the duration of main internship.  Previous interns have stayed with families and/or in guesthouses.


Kingston is not a cheap place to stay in. Below is a rough estimate of the amount one would need for moderate accommodation for one month. Below is a rough estimate for one month in Kingston.  Obviously, depending on an individual, it could be lower or higher, but this gives some idea of the amount needed to live here.  The rates are as follows:


Amount in JMD

Amount in USD


30,000 - 40,000





Medical and Health

UNEP-CAR/RCU accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents/or illness incurred during an internship. The intern will be asked to sign a waiver indicating that he/she will bear all costs arising from accidents and /or illness incurred during the internship.  All interns will be required to under go a medical examination before starting an internship.

For all overseas candidates, a certificate of fitness to under go an internship, duly signed and stamped by a qualified examining physician is required to be submitted before starting an internship.  This will eliminate any difficulties arising from an international intern arriving and being declared medically unfit by a UN Examining Medical Office and necessitating return home.

Conditions of Internship

Interns receive no remuneration.  Costs of travel and accommodation, living expenses included, are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions.

Interns are solely responsible for obtaining the necessary visas and arranging their travel to their duty station.


Interns can begin their internship only after they have agreed to the terms of reference and the conditions of the Internship Programme. Acceptance for internship is in no way tied to recruitment and interns are not eligible for employment during the period of the internship and the six months following the end of the internship.

Certificate of Attendance

Upon completion of the Internship Programme, the candidate will be awarded a certificate of attendance.

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