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 – from inclusive development, recovery and peacebuilding, to democratic governance, energy and environment – 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 internship!
Qualifications & Requirements
Interns are selected on a competitive basis. Applicants to UNDP internships must at the time of application meet one of the following academic requirements:
- Be enrolled in a graduate degree programme (Master’s Degree, or higher);
- Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent);
- Have recently graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation;
- Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship programme and undertake the internship as part of this programme.
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.
Applicants should typically have written and spoken proficiency in English and Ukrainian.
Duration of Internship
Assignments may vary in length according to the availability and academic requirements of the intern, as well as the needs of UNDP. However, they will normally last a minimum of six weeks and a maximum of six months. Internship assignments are available on a part-time and full-time basis throughout the year.
Since 1 January 2020, UNDP interns are provided a monthly stipend to cover costs associated to the internship. The stipend is paid on a monthly basis in the amount established for each of the duty stations. The stipend amount can vary depending on internship arrangements (full- or part-time), as well as on the availability of the financial support the intern may receive from a nominating institution, government or a third party.
Further Career Opportunities
The purpose of internships is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but, as mentioned above, 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 in Ukraine are advertised on UNDP's jobsite at https://www.ua.undp.org/content/ukraine/en/home/jobs.html