Thank you for your interest in interning with the UNDP Washington Representation Office, which serves as the primary UNDP liaison to the U.S. Congress, State Department, USAID, World Bank Group, and other multilateral and international organizations, as well as the Washington-based diplomatic community, media, and civil society.

UNDP Washington internships are highly competitive, with interns selected from around the world. As a UNDP Washington intern, you will observe and support the day-to-day work of the UN Development Program. As part of our team, you will be exposed to high-profile conferences, participate in meetings, and contribute to analytical and other UNDP work.

The following minimum qualifications are required from every applicant:

  • Enrollment in a graduate-level degree program in communications and/or 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.
  • Ability to work for three consecutive months, at least three days or 24 hours wekly. Maximum internship length is six months.
  • Demonstrated interest in development and willingness to learn.
  • Interest in working on global issues and desire to work with and gain the confidence of people from a wide range of backgrounds.
  • Respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter and UNDP Statement of Purpose.

Language skills: Written and spoken proficiency in English.


Please e-mail all complete applications to: (Attention: Internship Coordinator)

Application Materials (Note that only completed applications will be considered)
    •    Cover letter
    •    Curriculum Vitae
    •    Completed UNDP Application Form (see right) for Internships (MS Word | PDF)
    •    Proof of health insurance coverage

DEADLINE SCHEDULE (all applications are strictly due by midnight EST)

Internship Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Spring January May 31 October
Summer  May August 31 March
Fall August  December 30 June  

The UNDP Washington Representation Office reserves the right to contact only those applicants in which we have further interest.

1. UNDP Washington General Internship

Outstanding graduate-level students have the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to UNDP's work. Internships are designed to complement development-oriented studies with practical experience in various aspects of multilateral technical cooperation and also complements other international studies, including law.

In addition to the aforementioned general requirements, the following qualifications are desired, but not necessary:

  • Candidates possessing Capitol Hill experience and having knowledge of congressional procedures are especially welcome.
  • Experience working in the development in the field

Intern tasks may include:

  • Attending Congressional hearings and other public policy fora pertaining to UNDP and briefing UNDP staff
  • Receiving and responding to requests for UNDP's assistance and attention
  • Helping to plan and execute UNDP-related events
  • Updating existing media, think-tank, and government databases
  • Assisting UNDP staff with day-to -day operations

2. UNDP Washington Communications Internship

UNDP seeks an enthusiastic graduate student with excellent online and communications-related skills for its Communications Internship. Under the supervision of the Communications Officer, the intern will provide support with communications-related activities. The following qualifications are desired but not esential:

  • Provide assistance to the Communications Officer in updating the UNDP Washington Representation Office website (

  • Work with the Communications Officer in formulation and implementation of new comunications strategies
  • Audio/Video recording and editing for webcasts

  • Research materials from UNDP intranet and other sources for publication on the website
  • Monitor media and assemble daily press clips
  • Assist in other outreach-related activities of the office

Required Skills and Experience

  • Excellent writing skills
  • Passionate about development
  • Eagerness to learn and a positive attitude
  • Experience with press releases, newsletters and other traditional media preferred, but not necessary
  • Social media management skills (e.g. Twitter, Constant Contact, Hootsuite, etc.)
  • Audio/Video recording and editing experience
 a plus, but not necessary
  • CQ5 and HTML knowledge or interest in learning preferred, but not necessary
  • Knowledge of Washington DC media sources preferred, but not essential

UNDP Internships - Conditions of Service

  • UNDP will not pay for the internship and all expenses connected with it must be borne by applicant or his/her sponsoring institution.
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during internship, and the applicant must, therefore, provide proof of  nrollment in a health insurance plan prior to arrival in Washington D.C.
  • There is no expectation of employment at the end of internship.
  • Applicants must be responsible for obtaining any necessary visas.

Once accepted as an intern, the following additional conditions will apply:

  • Conduct must at all times be in a manner compatible with responsibilities of a UNDP internship.
  • Keep confidential any and all unpublished information made known to intern by the accepting office during the course of internship and not publish any reports or papers on the basis of information obtained from the program, except with authorization from UNDP.
  • Provide written notice in case of illness and other unavoidable circumstances which might prevent him/her from fulfilling obligations.

For more general information about UNDP internships please also go to UNDP's main website on internships (


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