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UNDP works in more than 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.
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Are you dedicated to world development and want to gain practical experience to complement your studies?
Internships at UNDP are a great opportunity for students and recent graduates to acquire direct exposure to UNDP's work.
Opportunities are available in a variety of areas and every attempt
is made to match the interests of the intern with the needs of the
organization. Visit our current vacancies and discover your development
Internships can take place in UNDP Country Offices, at Regional Hubs
or at Headquarters in New York. The duration of an internship assignment
varies in length according to the availability and academic
requirements of the intern, as well as the needs of UNDP. Assignments
are available on a part-time and full-time basis throughout the year.
Qualifications & Requirements
Interns are selected on a competitive basis. Applicants to UNDP
internships must at the time of application meet one of the following
(a) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
(b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent.
(c) Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and
(b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year
As an applicant, you should be able to demonstrate an interest in the
field of development and respect the principles of the United Nations
Charter and UNDP's mission. The desire to work with and gain the
confidence and respect of people with different language, national and
cultural backgrounds is an essential part of working in the UN system.
You should also be interested in global mobility, as well as
adaptability to varied physical and other environments.
Typically, the language requirements are: Applicants should have
written and spoken proficiency in at least one, and preferably two of
the three working languages used by UNDP: English, French and Spanish.
Fluency in Arabic, Portuguese, Russian or Eastern European language is
UNDP does not pay for internships. The costs associated with the latter
must be borne by the nominating institution, related institution or
government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its
students; or by the student, who will have to obtain financing for
subsistence and make his or her own arrangements for travel,
Further Career Opportunities
The purpose of internships is not to lead to further employment with
UNDP but, as mentioned, to complement an intern's studies. However, a
number of interns, having completed their studies and met the necessary
requirements, have gone on to further assignments with the UNDP or
elsewhere in the United Nations system.
Where to apply
Selection for internships is fully decentralized within UNDP. All internships are advertised on UNDP's jobsite at http://jobs.undp.org/.