The UNDP works in around 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We also support countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities, and resilience, in order to sustain development results. UNDP leads the efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, which will guide global development priorities through 2030. The key 2030 Agenda principle of leaving no one behind and stamping out inequality is at the core of everything we do.  

UNDP’s Nordic Representation Office (NRO) is located at the UN City in Copenhagen. Aside from Denmark, the office covers Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Iceland, and together, we work to promote knowledge of UNDP’s work in these central donor countries. The key tasks for the NRO are to manage UNDP’s interests and communicate the organisation’s key results and focus areas. UNDP’s cooperation with the private sector is a significant component of NRO’s work. The Private Sector team consists of a few employees and one intern in Copenhagen. The team works strategically to build partnerships with companies, financial institutions, business networks and other actors who want to work towards reaching UNDP’s goals and the SDGs. 

In January 2018, the office launched the SDG Accelerator for SMEs, a programme aimed at accelerating business solutions addressing the SDGs. The team is now heavily involved in the global rollout of the programme together with other UNDP colleagues, including supporting and supervising these processes. The Green Growth and Jobs Accelerator Project (GGJAP), which is part of the Danish Arab Partnership Programme (DAPP) is the latest iteration of this model. The GGJAP is implemented in Morrocco, Tunisia, Egypt,and Jordan, and aims at creating 4,000 jobs for youth. 

The team has also launched sector-specific accelerators and partnerships with external partners where UNDP provides support on the Impact Measurement and Management (IMM) methodology that underlines the SDG Accelerator. 

Fundraising and general project management are also part of the activities carried out by the Private Sector team. 


Duties and Responsibilities

We are looking for an intern who can contribute to the office’s daily work. The intern will be working on both the aforementioned Green Growth and Jobs Accelerator Project (GGJAP) and on core activities related to NRO’s work with private sector and financial institutions across the Nordics. As a result, the intern will be involved with many projects, and therefore must be comfortable taking on a variety of assignments and not be reluctant to take on new tasks. 

Please note that this role is 40 hours a week

Typical tasks may include, but are not limited to, the following: 


  • Support the development of materials for presentations, incl. PowerPoints and talking points. 

  • Support communication and media outreach, incl. for social media, website, press and more. 

  • Draft social media posts on UNDP’s private sector engagements. 

  • Source stories internally in UNDP for social media outreach on private sector engagements. 

  • Draft and translate letters, presentations, concept notes and other texts. 


  • Research on potential partners, markets, funding opportunities, and other topics. 

  • Review external thoughtware and research material relevant to the department. 

  • Conduct analysis and research relevant to projects and engagements. 

Project support 

  • Support the coordination and handling of private sector partnerships and engagements including the GGJAP. 

  • Support implementation of Impact Measurement and Management  (IMM) advisory to external partners. 

  • Support the global rollout of the SDG Accelerator programme and related activities. 

  • Support the implementation of sector-specific Accelerators. 

  • Support the development of new engagement opportunities. 

  • Support the implementation of the Green Growth and Jobs Accelerator Project 

Other support 

  • Prepare meetings, manage calendar invites and take minutes. 

  • Participate in relevant public hearings, debates, events and workshops as needed. 

  • Support the planning and execution of events. 

  • Various ad hoc tasks as relevant and needed. 




  • Strong interest in sustainable and global development, the work of international organisations, and preferably experience with the private sector’s role in this agenda. 

  • Knowledge of the UN/UNDP and commitment to the UN mission and UNDP mandate is an advantage. 

  • Knowledge of global value chains and businesses’ roles in these is an advantage. 

  • Knowledge of the financial sector, fintech, and digitalisation is an advantage. 

  • Team player; works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational goals. 

  • Good organisational and time management skills. 

  • Ability to work independently and manage own deadlines. 

  • Excellent communications skills in English and Danish 

  • Knowledge of French and/or Arabic is an asset. 

  • Knowledge of and experience with communication outreach and drafting articles and posts for web and social media. 

  • Understanding of content management of websites (CMS) and the ability to maintain websites is an advantage. 

  • Event planning and execution. 

Other competencies

  • Interest and motivation in working in an international organisation. 

  • Good analytical skills in gathering and consolidating data and research for practical implementation. 

  • Outgoing and initiative-taking person with a goal-oriented mindset. 

  • Communicates effectively when working in teams and independently. 

  • Good in organising and structuring various tasks and responsibilities. 

  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability. 

  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude. 


Candidates must meet one of the following educational requirements:  

  • Currently in the final year of a Bachelor’s degree, or 

  • Currently enrolled in a post-graduate degree such as a Master's or higher, or 

  • Have graduated no longer than one year ago from the starting date of the internship with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, or 

  • Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program and undertake the internship as part of this program. 


  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Danish is required 

  • Knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage. 

IT skills 

  • Knowledge and proficient user of Microsoft Office productivity tools. 

Required Skills and Experience

Application process 

  • Interested candidates must apply through the UNDP job site and include the following documents when submitting the application:

  1. Updated CV and the candidate's contact details (email and telephone number). 

  2. Brief description of why the individual considers themselves as the most suitable for the assignment. 

  3.  At least three professional references. 

  4.  Letter from the candidate’s university confirming current enrollment or diploma, if applicable. 

  • Please note that only one file can be uploaded therefore, please include all documents in one file. 

  • Interviews are expected to be held during week starting in 27th May 2024.

General conditions

  • UNDP will not pay interns for internships but will provide a monthly stipend in accordance with the provisions of the UNDP internship policy and with a rate that varies depending on the duty location.  

  • 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. 

  • Except for the stipend, the intern, sponsoring government, or institutions will bear all other expenses connected with 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 considered staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity. 

  • 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.