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.



The UNDP Seoul Policy Centre (USPC), established in 2011, represents UNDP in Korea, works with Korea on international issues, and shares Korea’s development experiences with other countries. It is one of UNDP’s seven global policy centres. USPC works as a facilitator of innovative development cooperation for the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in four thematic areas of i) development cooperation modalities and approaches, ii) governance and gender, iii) green recovery and transition, and iv) private sector engagement.


Building on the unique development experience of the Republic of Korea and UNDP’s wide Global Policy Network, USPC facilitates knowledge exchanges of SDG-enabling development solutions in the above-mentioned thematic areas through its signature ‘SDG Partnership’ country-support programme and other initiatives, and brokers partnerships between Korea and other countries to help tackle development challenges.


The Centre’s development cooperation work is an integral component of USPC’s programmatic work, and aims to i) identify, implement and disseminate practices and lessons learned as to how development cooperation could be undertaken better and ii) build and strengthen relations with Korean and other international development cooperation actors to establish innovative partnerships that address shared challenges such as achieving digital transformation and green transition.


USPC offers a small group of outstanding final year undergraduate, graduate students, and recent graduates the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to UNDP’s work and gain technical knowledge and experience in international development and multilateral cooperation.


For more information on USPC’s work, please visit the website:

Duties and Responsibilities


The intern will assist in the following duties and responsibilities:


Duties and responsibilities

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Assist and support to Development Cooperation programme activities:


  • Support the conceptualization and facilitation of a pipeline for development projects in collaboration with the wider UNDP network and Korean partners. This may include tasks such as supporting the drafting of idea and concept notes on issues such as but not limited to digital youth empowerment, vaccine data management, emission trading systems, air pollution, and green transportation;
  • Support research, the organization of meetings, and other events, and the drafting of policy briefs on subjects related to the broader issue of development cooperation (e.g., modalities of knowledge exchange, aid effectiveness, South-South and Triangular Cooperation, Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus) and sectoral issues such as climate change and digitalisation;
  • Support partnership building efforts between UNDP and the Republic of Korea through the preparation of corporate missions and programmes on issues such as climate finance, while supporting the analysis of relevant policy documents and producing summary documents of relevant events;
  • Support administrative, monitoring, and communications tasks such as updating USPC’s office calendar, annual work plan, and results framework as necessary in day-to-day office operations.













  • Support other/ad hoc activities as seen relevant and needed.





  • Takes initiative and works independently with minimum supervision;
  • Upholds highest standards of integrity, discretion, and loyalty;
  • Shows excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication, and administrative skills;
  • Able to multitask, balance multiple responsibilities, and meet deadlines;
  • Shows commitment to UNDP’s vision, mission, and strategic goals;
  • Able to work in a multicultural environment and be aware of political sensitivities.


Communication Skills:

  • Speaks and write clearly and effectively;
  • Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others, and responds appropriately;
  • Asks questions to receive further clarity on requests and exhibits interest in having two-way communication;
  • Tailors language, tone, style, and format to match the audience.



  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational and unit goals;
  • Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise and willingness to learn from others.


Required Skills and Experience


Applicants to this Internship programme must, at the time of application, meet one of the following requirements:

  • currently in the final year of a Bachelor’s degree; or
  • currently enrolled in a Master’s or PhD degree; or
  • have graduated no longer than 1 year ago from a bachelor’s or master’s degree or equivalent studies.


Field of study: Development studies, international relations, economics, politics, environmental studies, or other relevant fields of study.



  • Familiarity with basic aspects of project management is desirable;
  • Familiarity with issues related to broader development cooperation issues and/or the sectoral areas of green transition and digitalization is desirable;
  • Experience writing analytical pieces on relevant issues is highly desirable;
  • Proficiency or prior experience in using Zoom and other digital tools would be preferable;
  • Prior experience with the multilateral system or with a bilateral donor agency is desirable.


  • Fluency in oral and written English is required;
  • Fluency in oral and written Korean is a major asset;
  • Knowledge of another UN language is also an asset.



To apply, please include the following (in one pdf file) in your application:

  • Your resume in a format of your choosing;
  • Cover letter (max. 1 page) including information about:
    • Your interest to apply for an internship with UNDP / UNDP Seoul Policy Centre;
    • Your general interest in issues related to digitalization, and/or aid effectiveness, South-South, and Triangular Cooperation.



  • UNDP will not pay interns for the internship but will provide a monthly stipend in accordance with the provisions of the UNDP internship policy (as reference, the stipend for 2022 was set at KRW 1,099,827.96 per month; stipend amount for 2023 subject to change); all other expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern or the sponsoring government or institution;
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
  • Interns are responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;
  • Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of the internship;
  • Interns must provide proof of enrolment in health insurance plan;
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity;
  • Interns are expected to work full time but flexibility is allowed for education programmes;
  • Interns need to obtain financing for subsistence and make own arrangements for internship, travel, VISA, accommodation, etc;
  • Interns will accrue leaves at a rate of 1.5 days per month and will be granted off-days on official UN holidays for the Republic of Korea. If exceptional leave arrangements are necessary, requests must be submitted to and be approved by the supervisors in advance to ensure adequate office arrangements.