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 the Republic of Korea (ROK), works with the ROK on international development priorities, and shares the development experience and technical expertise of the ROK with other countries. It is one of UNDP’s 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 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 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 topics related to digital transformation and green transition;
  • 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 proposals on issues of strategic interests (e.g., Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, GCF Programming), while supporting the analysis of relevant policy documents and producing summary documents of relevant events;
  • Support the conceptualization and development of digital tools for effective development cooperation;
  • 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;.





  • Supporting 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.



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 the Republic of Korea (ROK). Any applicant would need to have legal permission to carry out an internship in ROK and, for non-Korean applicants, would need to fulfill the visa requirements as set by ROK.



  • 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 a reference, the stipend for 2023 is set at KRW 1,169,728 per month; the stipend amount for 2024 is 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 (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 a 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 their 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 approved by the supervisors in advance to ensure adequate office arrangements. 


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 degree 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;
  • Familiarity with Large-Language Models such as GPT-4 is desirable.

IT skills:

  • Knowledge of/proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office productivity tools;
  • Proficient in hosting Zoom and other web-based meetings and seminars;
  • Skills in Visual Communication and Graphic Design (including Canva) would be an advantage.


  • 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 in your application one pdf file that includes:

  • 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.