Internships give students and recent graduates the opportunity to get a taste of UNDP’s community and mission. Internships may take place in UNDP Country Offices, at Regional Hubs or at Headquarters in New York.
Interns are selected on a competitive basis. UNDP seeks applicants who exhibit an interest in the field of development and in our mission. UNDP internships should not exceed 6 months. Exceptionally, internships may last 9 months when they are being completed for academic credit.
Applicants to UNDP internships must at the time of application meet one of the following academic requirements:
- Be enrolled in a graduate school program (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
- Be enrolled in the final academic year of a university degree (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
- Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above and, if selected, must start the internship within one year of graduation.
Language: Applicants should have written and spoken proficiency in at least one, and preferably two of the three working languages of the UNDP: English, French, and Spanish. Fluency in Arabic, Portuguese, Russian, or Eastern European languages is an asset.
Financing: UNDP interns are provided with a monthly stipend dependent on the duty station, among other factors.
Funding provided in UNDP internships
- UNDP will receive a monthly stipend.
- UNDP interns receive a monthly stipend to cover costs associated with the internship. Salary amounts can vary from one duty station to another.
- Interns will have opportunities for more UNDP or UN system assignments in the future.
- Interns can also receive financial support from the nominating institutions or the government.
Our mission, our goals, our mandate
As the United Nations lead agency on international development, UNDP works in 170 countries and territories to eradicate poverty and reduce inequality. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities, and to build resilience to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Our work is concentrated in three focus areas; sustainable development, democratic governance and peace building, and climate and disaster resilience.
Mission and vision
UNDP’s mandate is to end poverty, build democratic governance, rule of law, and inclusive institutions. We advocate for change, and connect countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.
The UN Charter
The Charter of the United Nations was signed in San Francisco on 26 June 1945, at the conclusion of the United Nations Conference on International Organization, and came into force on 24 October 1945. Its purposes and principles are to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations based on equal rights and self-determination, and to achieve international co-operation in solving economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian challenges without distinction for race, sex, language, or religion.
UNDP is based on the merging of the United Nations Expanded Programme of Technical Assistance, created in 1949, and the United Nations Special Fund, established in 1958. UNDP, as we know it now, was established in 1966 by the General Assembly of the United Nations.
How to apply
- Candidates should only apply through the UNDP website.
- Internships at UNDP are advertised in the UNDP Careers section.
- Select the appropriate area of interest and select the Apply button.
- Each internship has a different and exclusive deadline, so be sure to follow the exact deadline for the specific internship program.
- You must be registered separately for each program if you are applying for different programs.