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Policy and Advocacy Intern – Climate and Security Risk

  • Internship
    Starts on Jul 31
    Off-cycle Internship
  • Sustainability
  • New York City

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  • You must be enrolled in a graduate school program or have graduated, have a strong interest in development, excellent organizational and communication skills, and be proficient in English for this UNDP internship in climate and security risk policy and advocacy.
  • You will support policy and advocacy work, analyze data, draft communications materials, assist with research and data analysis, prepare infographics, and provide administrative support for meetings and events.


  • Corporate:
  • Commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values;
  • Cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter and the UNDP Statement of Purpose.
  • Demonstrated interest and motivation in the field of development;
  • A desire to work with people with different language, national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Functional:
  • Exemplary planning and organizational skills with a high degree of detail orientation;
  • Strong electronic communication skills including writing, summarizing and editing short items;
  • Skilled working with data management and analysis;
  • Experience working with data visualisation tools (for example, Microsoft Power BI) a plus
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to multi-task;
  • Attention to detail is crucial;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Responsible, responsive and enthusiastic.
  • Required Skills and Experience
  • Education:
  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or
  • 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 Requirements:
  • Proficient in written and spoken English. Knowledge of another UN language would be an asset.
  • Conditions of internship
  • Internships within the UN system are subject to following conditions, which the candidates should familiarize themselves with prior to applying:
  • UNDP HQ will provide a stipend in the amount of USD 1,000 monthly in accordance with the provisions of the UNDP Internship Policy;
  • Any further costs associated with the internship 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 arrangements for travel, accommodation and other costs;
  • 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 Intern must provide proof of enrolment in a health insurance plan;
  • UNDP does not provide assistance with travel and/or housing and the Intern will be responsible for obtaining the necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;
  • The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment within the UN System, but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship. The Intern will not be eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of internship or for the six months immediately following the expiration date thereof;
  • Interns will need to use their own laptop/notebook. A workstation with wireless internet access will be provided at the Centre’s facilities and supervisory support provided by the Centre staff;
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.
  • UNDP only accepts interns for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 6 months.


  • Assisting with policy and advocacy work, including collecting data from projects, drafting, formatting, and proofing communications materials, success stories and event invitations
  • Support the collection of information related to policy and programme support, analyse the information and develop a short compendium of good programming and policy practices in climate, peace and security
  • Assist in other basic research i.e., collecting, analyzing and presenting statistical data and other information gathered from diverse sources
  • Support data analytics visualizations and prepare infographics/factsheets
  • Drafting posts to promote events, publications, and content featured on UNDP’s social media accounts
  • Assist in administrative and substantive support to meetings and events, preparation of background documents and presentations, handling logistics etc.
  • Support other/ad hoc activities as seen relevant and needed.


What are the main tasks that the Policy and Advocacy Intern will be responsible for?

The intern will be responsible for assisting with policy and advocacy work, supporting the collection and analysis of information related to policy and programme support, preparing infographics and factsheets, drafting social media posts, and providing administrative support to meetings and events.

What competencies are required for this internship?

The intern should demonstrate a commitment to UNDP's mission, vision, and values, cultural sensitivity, respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter, and motivation in the field of development. They should also possess exemplary planning and organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work independently.

What education requirements are necessary for this internship?

The intern should be enrolled in a graduate school programme or have graduated with a university degree. Proficiency in written and spoken English is required, and knowledge of another UN language would be an asset.

What are the conditions of the internship?

The internship provides a monthly stipend in accordance with the UNDP Internship Policy. The intern is responsible for any additional costs associated with the internship, such as travel and housing. The purpose of the internship is to complement an intern's studies, and there is no expectation of employment at the end of the internship. Interns must provide their own laptop/notebook and are not considered staff members of UNDP.


Mission & Purpose

The United Nations Development Programme works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results. DISCLAIMER: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) does not guarantee the truthfulness, accuracy, or validity of any comments posted to its social media outlets (blogs, social networks, message boards/forums, etc.). Users must not post any content that is obscene, defamatory, profane, libelous, threatening, harassing, abusive, hateful or embarrassing to any person or entity. UNDP reserves the right to delete or edit any comments that it considers inappropriate or unacceptable, and to delete off-topic comments in order to foster conversations about the topics shared on this page.