As the lead UN development agency, UNDP supports countries in their efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. UNDP is present in 170 countries around the world and works to eradicate poverty and reduce inequalities. The UNDP Nordic Representation Office is located at the UN City in Copenhagen, with satellite offices in Stockholm, Oslo, and Helsinki. Together we work for distributing knowledge about UNDP’s work in the Nordic countries as well as coordinating the partnership with these key donors.

The internship position offers a unique opportunity for insight into UNDP’s work and the chance to gain experience from an international professional environment. We are small office, and the intern will have the opportunity to participate in an array of different tasks and be positioned to influence the office’s work.

Duties and Responsibilities

We are looking for two bilingual (Norwegian and English) interns to participate in the daily work of the office in Oslo. As an intern, you will be given fixed assignments, but as we are a small and busy office, you must be comfortable taking on a variety of assignments and be prepared to contribute where and when needed. We would like to find someone who is structured, independent, creative, and takes initiative.

Tasks will include:

  • Attend meetings with Norwegian government officials and other partners from public and private sectors
  • Develop analyses and background documents on Norwegian and international development policy
  • Monitor Norwegian media on issues related to the work and mandate of UNDP
  • Translate and distribute news, press releases and stories from English to Norwegian and vice versa
  • Assist in preparing and coordinating launches of UNDP reports and other public events and missions
  • Contribute to briefings related to missions and visits
  • Various ad hoc tasks
  • Help to promote awareness of UNDP’s mandate, work, and results
  • Update and develop the Norwegian website
  • Distribute regular updates and content on UNDP’s social media platforms, especially Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
  • Monitor Norwegian media on issues related to the work and mandate of UNDP


Required competencies

  • Higher education in a relevant field. Former interns have held degrees in areas such as development studies, human geography, political science, and economics.
  • Excellent communications skills in English and Norwegian, both written and oral.
  • Strong interest in, and knowledge of, global development and the work of international organisations.
  • Team player: works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals.
  • Good organizational and time management skills.
  • Able to work independently.
  • Good social media skills
  • Work experience from a developing country is an advantage.


Advantageous competencies

  • Knowledge of web publication tools and photo editing tools.
  • Knowledge of the UN/UNDP and commitment to UN mission and UNDP mandate.
  • Previous organisational experience or working experience from a developing country.

Required Skills and Experience

Required Skills and Experience



  • Fluency in spoken and written Norwegian and English is required.


Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, 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 program and undertake the internship as part of this program.


Application Process:

Interested individuals must include the following documents when submitting the applications in UNDP job shop (Please note that only 1 (one) file can be uploaded therefore please include all documents in one file):

  • Updated CV as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references.
  • Cover letter containing a brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the internship.


General Conditions

  1. In accordance with the UNDP Internship policy, UNDP interns are eligible to receive a monthly stipend, with a rate that varies depending on the duty location. The stipend will be paid monthly.
  2. Where an intern is financially supported by an institution, government or third party, UNDP will pay the intern the difference, if any, between the external financial support provided and the applicable UNDP stipend.
  3. Except for the stipend, all other expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring government or institutions.
  4. Interns are not considered staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.
  5. The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNDP, but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.