Internship - Green Energy with UNDP

Location : Copenhagen, DENMARK
Application Deadline :15-Nov-16 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Climate & Disaster Resilience
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Expected Duration of Assignment :4 to 6 Months

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


Do you want to be a part of an exciting, multicultural and fun environment, within a truly global organization, and at the same time contribute for the world to become a better place? The Green Energy internship can provide you with the opportunity to do so!  Join the efforts on the Sustainable Development Goals

The Country Office ICT Advisory Services (CIAS) unit of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is part of the Office of Information Management and Technology (OIMT) and it is responsible for supporting UNDP Country Offices around the world with ICT and Green Energy solutions. Our Unit offers a stimulating and versatile internship in an international environment with contact to various partners from some 166 countries with UNDP presence. We are a team who work in a dynamic and informal atmosphere, and we expect our interns to become vital members of the team. As an intern, you will be given tasks and opportunities that have a direct global impact on the development efforts of the international community. The UNDP/OIMT CIAS green energy internship programme enhances the academic life experience of passionate students or interns and empowers them to become socially responsible, innovative, and environmentally conscious leaders of tomorrow. We bridge the gap between textbook learning and real-time industry experience by taking interns behind the scenes of the world’s leading clean energy and sustainability initiatives, while learning to take into consideration the local context. As an intern in our Unit, you will also gain worldwide connections with other top-talented interns and UN staff from other agencies; our office is located at the UN City in Copenhagen, giving you the opportunity to interact with people outside the UNDP’s CIAS unit. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Promote and implement green energy solutions to UNDP country offices worldwide
  • Develop the green energy and solar solutions and process over its lifetime, including: handling of requests and data collection, assessments of solar potential, system design and business cases;
  • Taking initiative in assisting UNDP country offices at each stage of our Seven Step Solar Solution process to design, procure and install solar system worldwide;
  • Engaging with solar/green energy companies and do market research to develop sustainable and innovative green energy solutions;
  • Facilitate procurement and installation of Power Consumption Monitoring and Measuring (PCMM) units in country offices worldwide;
  • Facilitate and provide technical evaluation during the procurement and installation of Solar Systems in country offices worldwide;
  • Liaison with service providers to facilitate procurement and site survey at UNDP Country Offices;
  • Providing guidelines on energy efficient solutions to country offices;
  • Promoting green energy solutions through revamping intranet page, preparing pamphlets, procedures and Information Note.
  • Chairing and participate in global conference call with country offices around the world;
  • Develop quality focused procedures, instructions and templates from best practice and disseminate through a Practice Community;
  • Supporting colleagues in administrative assignments and other ad hoc duties.


  • Has interest and understanding of green energy, sustainable development oriented areas of work;
  • Interest in developing sustainable solutions for country offices, focusing on green renewable energy;
  • 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;
  • Fluent in written and spoken English. Knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Responds positively to feedback and differing points of view;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude. 

Required Skills and Experience


  • You must meet on of the following requirements:
    • You are currently in the final year of your Bachelor’s degree
    • You are currently enrolled in a Master’s degree
    • You have graduated no longer than 1 year ago from a master’s degree or equivalent studies

with a strong focus on green energy engineering, sustainable development, renewable energy, or equivalent.


  • Fluent in written and spoken English.
  • Knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage;


  • Knowledge and a user of Microsoft Office productivity tools;


  • UNDP internship programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship; however, you will gain valuable insight into UNDP and a global network;
  • All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring Government or institution;
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
  • The intern is 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;
  • The intern must provide proof of enrolment in health insurance plan;
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity;
  • You are expected to work full time but flexibility is allowed for your education programme;
  • Eligibility for residency and undertaking internship in Denmark;
  • The intern will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his/her own arrangements for internship, travel, VISA, accommodation etc.

Shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview following the deadline. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to write to us via email address

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