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 (SDGs). 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 the Republic of Korea (ROK), works with the ROK on international development priorities, and shares development experience and technical expertise of the ROK 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 the 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 and development.

Building on the unique development experience of the ROK 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 the ROK and other countries to help tackle development challenges.

The Centre’s outreach and private sector engagement work is an integral component of USPC’s programmatic work, and aims to i) enhance the visibility and recognition for USPC, UNDP and its work by raising awareness and promoting dialogue and cooperation on the SDGs both within and outside of the ROK and ii) build and strengthen partnerships, with a focus on private sector actors in Korea and elsewhere, including corporations, micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), investors and impact-driven start-ups.

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:


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Under the guidance of professional staff, the intern will support the Centre’s work related to communication, advocacy and outreach. Target audiences include key donors and partners within and outside the development community in the ROK, UNDP HQ and Country Offices, and Korean media and the general public including students. Specific tasks may include:

  • Supporting the implementation of the Centre’s communications strategy and action plan, including public information and knowledge management;
  • Supporting communications work through storytelling, social media postings, web content production, media outreach, and other public information work. (e.g. drafting digital content, spot-checking of website, updating web content tags and YouTube playlists, analytics and media round-ups);
  • Supporting the production of advocacy materials (e.g. impact stories-based videos, newsletters, brochures, promotional items) and knowledge products;
  • Supporting the organization of UNDP meetings and events (e.g. ROK launch of the Human Development Report, joint campaigns with universities, partnership consultations, webinars and conferences, UNDP missions to the ROK);
  • Translating publications, web and social media content, and other materials from English to Korean and vice-versa.



Under the guidance of professional staff, the intern will support the Centre’s private sector engagement and development work, including the following:

  • Supporting to build and strengthen partnerships and facilitate knowledge exchanges among the ROK, UNDP, and developing countries with the private sector actors, including Korean corporations, MSMEs, youth/women-led start-ups and investors, for achievement of the SDGs; 
  • Conducting research on potential partners, markets and funding opportunities for private sector engagement and development (e.g. SDG-aligned business strategies and solutions of the Korean businesses and youth-led start-ups, policies to support the growth of MSMEs, digital transformation, green transition, SDG financing trends, UNDP country-level projects);
  • Assisting the design and implementation of USPC’s SDG Partnership country-support programme on ‘Supporting micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises through inclusive digital transformation’;
  • Supporting the production of various outreach and reporting materials (e.g. pitch decks, web and social media content, advocacy materials) and knowledge products for the Centre’s private sector engagement and development work.



Cross-cutting tasks / Other:

  • Taking notes during events, meetings and conference calls.
  • Maintaining relevant files and databases (e.g. photos, videos, contacts of reporters and private sector partners);
  • Performing liaison support and administrative tasks as necessary in the day-to-day office operation;
  • Support other/ad hoc activities as seen relevant and needed.




  • Interest and motivation in working in an international organization;
  • Good analytical skills in gathering and consolidating data and research for practical implementation;
  • Outgoing and initiative-taking person with a goal oriented mind-set;
  • Communicates effectively when working in teams and independently;
  • Good in organizing and structuring various tasks and responsibilities;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Responds positively to feedback and differing points of view;
  • Strong interest and training in drafting and editing documents;
  • Demonstrated interest in the field of development;
  • Demonstrated research and analytical capacity;
  • Administrative skills in the organizing of meetings and events;
  • Proven ability to manage diverse and complex tasks, with tight deadlines;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.

Required Skills and Experience



Candidates must meet one of the following educational requirements:

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

Field of study: international development, international relations, sociology, political science, public administration, economics, business administration, commerce, communication and media, journalism, public relations, or equivalent.

IT skills:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office productivity tools;
  • Familiarity with social media and creative design tools (e.g. Canva, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere) is an advantage.

Language skills:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required;
  • Knowledge of Korean is highly desirable, and knowledge of other UN languages is considered an asset.


  • UNDP will not pay interns for internship but will provide a stipend monthly in accordance with the provisions of the UNDP internship policy; all other expenses connected with it will be borne by me or my 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 (the internship opportunities are exclusively available to individuals who possess the legal right to reside and work in Korea);
  • 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.