Development Issues Intern

Application Deadline :24-May-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :N/A
Expected Duration of Assignment :10 weeks


The Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean (RBLAC) is seeking an intern to support the work on sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean region. LAC is a middle-income region, but it is NOT a middle-class society. Countries in the region aspire, however, to become strong, cohesive societies where the middle class is a powerful engine of growth and yields healthier and constructive political dynamics. To do so, UNDP is working to support countries in the region to enhance productivity, inclusion and resilience.

The intern’s tasks will be focused on conducting research, writing and developing communication material to disseminate and expand on the vision described above.

The intern will report to the RBLAC Advisor to the Director. The internship is for ten weeks, full time. The internship is unpaid.

Duties and Responsibilities

Intern will engage in economic analysis with a focus on productivity, inclusion, and resilience. Duties include research, collect and analyze data, create tables and graphs, draft weekly think pieces, assist in document distribution, participate in conferences and seminars, prepare briefing notes, and assist in administrative tasks.



Capable of working in a high-pressure environment with sharp and frequent deadlines;

Excellent analytical and organizational skills;

Exercises the highest level of responsibility and able to handle confidential and politically sensitive issues in a responsible and mature manner;

Results and client-oriented;

Highly detail-oriented;

Demonstrates integrity and ethical standards.


Excellent writing and verbal communication skills in English. Working knowledge of Spanish is highly desirable;

Strong interpersonal and communications skills, especially in a multi-cultural environment;

Communicates effectively in writing to a varied and broad audience in a simple and concise manner;

Translates clearly and fluently the technical findings to non-technical teams.


Works well in a team to advance the priorities of UNDP as a whole;

Projects a positive image and is ready to take on a wide range of tasks;

Welcomes constructive feedback.

Required Skills and Experience


Candidate must be enrolled in graduate school programme focused on economics or development (second university degree or equivalent or higher).

Skills and Experience:

Fluent in English; Spanish is a plus.

IT working level user: word, excel, PowerPoint.


Important information:

UNDP internship programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship;

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

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;

Proof of medical and life/accident insurance valid for the location in which the internship will be carried out;

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 or for six months immediately following the expiration date of internship;

The intern must provide proof of enrollment in health insurance plan;

Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.



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