Internship Programme

Purpose of Internship Programme

  • Provide a framework by which students from diverse academic backgrounds may be assigned to UNDP offices, where their educational experience can be enhanced through practical work assignments;
  • Expose them to an international environment;
  • Expose them to work of the Organization with the objective of deepening their knowledge and understanding of UNDP’s goals, principles and activities; and
  • Provide UNDP offices with the assistance of qualified students specialized in various professional fields.


The selection of candidates for the internship programme is based on the need of concrete projects and made via competitive process in order to engage the best candidate available. The two main criteria’s for the review of candidates for selection as interns are his/her:

  • ability to fulfill the requirements of the terms of reference developed for the specific purposes of the internship; and
  • academic qualifications and experience, if any.

Financial issues

Interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP. All costs connected with an intern's participation in the Programme must be borne by:

  • the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students;
  • the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his/her own arrangements for travel (including to and from the office), visas, accommodation, etc.

UNDP accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship.


The following minimum qualifications are required:

  • Enrollment in a graduate-level degree programme in a development related field such as economics, public or business administration, or environmental studies. Only those students who will return to their studies upon completion of their internship assignments are eligible.
  • Demonstrated interest in the field of development
  • Language skills: 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 an asset.
  • An interest in global mobility; adaptability to varied physical and other environments; a desire to work with and gain the confidence and respect of people with different language, national and cultural backgrounds.

  • Respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter and the UNDP Statement of Purpose.

Application procedure

Once an internship opportunity is advertised on the website, interested candidates/students must submit the following documentation:

a)    a brief paper setting out the reasons why he/she is seeking an internship with UNDP and what is expected from the experience;
b)    a duly completed UNDP internship application form;
c)    his/her most recent resume or curriculum vitae.

The shortlisted candidates only will be requested to submit the following additional documents:

a) a letter from his/her university confirming current enrollment and graduation date;
b) a copy of his/her school transcript;
c) a letter of endorsement from a senior faculty member who has directly supervised the student in the recent past and who is fully acquainted with the student's performance.

To download UNDP Internship Application Form, please click here.

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