HDRO’s Mission
The mission of the Human Development Report Office (HDRO) is to advance human development. The goal is to contribute towards the expansion of opportunities, choices and freedoms people have to live lives they have reason to value. HDRO works towards this goal by promoting innovative development ideas, advocating practical policy changes, and constructively challenging policies and approaches that constrain human development. HDRO works with others to achieve change through writing and research, data analysis and presentation, support to national and regional reports and outreach and advocacy work.
Objective of the internship
The objective of this internship is to provide the successful candidate with the opportunity to learn about the Human Development Index (HDI) and other composite measures of human wellbeing (including gender (in)equality measures), their policy relevance; and their conceptual and/or empirical strengths and limitations.

Duties and Responsibilities

Specific Tasks and Responsibilities
Following the introduction of the Human Development Index (HDI) in 1990, there has been proliferation of composite measures, all pertaining to human well-being, societal progress, sustainable development and other notions of development; to provide a broad measure of progress beyond GDP. It is important for HDRO to have a broad understanding of such measures. 
The intern would work closely with the Statistics Function in HDRO to:
  • Undertake a comprehensive and annotated inventory of all composite measures of human well-being ( including subjective measures) introduced in the last 20 years (primarily covering a number of countries).
The inventory shall include the following:
  • The name of the institution/agency that developed the measure and the year of its introduction;
  • What aspects of well-being the measure captures;
  • Country coverage of the measure;
  • The dimensions and component indicators;
  • Methodology; and
  • Empirical or conceptual limitations if any;
  • An assessment of the impact the measure has had, who uses it and how is it used.
Expected Output
An electronic Report on the assignment. The successful candidate will also be given the opportunity to present the findings to the office in a seminar. 
The assignment is intended as office based but can be conducted off site. However, consultations colleagues or with other UN agencies   may take place in the office.


Core Competencies:
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Currently enrolled in a Master’s or PhD Program in economics, social sciences, or statistics.
  • Familiar with the Human Development Reports and measures;
  • Concise  writing and editing skills in English;
  • Demonstrable skills in analytical thinking, communication, and research;
  • Good  interpersonal and diplomatic skills;
  • Ability to work independently and seek advice when needed.
  • Proficiency in another UN language would be an advantage.

Candidates who are shortlisted for an interview must submit prior to the interview the following documents:

Official letter from the University confirming enrollment in a graduate-level degree programme;

Have a valid visa to work in the US;

Letter of endorsement from a faculty member who has worked with the student in the recent past and who is knowledgeable on the student’s performance;

Complete and sign the “Application Form” and for further information please go to

UNDP only accepts interns for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 6 months.

UNDP does not pay for internships. Interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP.

The costs associated with the latter must be borne by the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or by the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his or her own arrangements for travel, accommodation, etc.

Proof of medical and life/accident insurance valid for the location in which the internship will be carried out (i.e. New York, USA).

Have medical and life insurance.

Subsequent Employment:

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.