Intern, Communications and Engagement

Location : Home based
Application Deadline :12-Oct-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)

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.


Are you interested in building your portfolio in communications, graphic design, social media and events? Do you want to communicate to a global audience, develop your network and relationships, and discover how the world’s biggest international development organisation operates in countries all over the world?

The UNDP Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development (GCTISD) based in Singapore is seeking a creative, energetic, and dynamic Communications and Engagement intern to join our fast-growing, diverse and agile team. The role of the intern is to work directly with the Communications and Engagement Specialist on promoting the centre’s activities internally and externally, engaging the centre’s multi-sector audience and network, and ensuring consistent branding across all promotional materials, among others.

The Global Centre is a joint initiative by the Government of Singapore and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to identify and co-create technological and innovative solutions to help countries achieve their Sustainable Development Goals. We draw on the expertise of innovative talent in Singapore and around the world, and curate partnerships that will allow us to take this know-how to the places where it is needed most.

Our emerging areas of focus are Sustainable and Digital Agriculture, Smart Cities and Digitalisation, and Sustainable Finance. For each of our programmes we are connecting policymakers, practitioners, think tanks, leading private sector actors, entrepreneurs, civil society, and other stakeholders to build practical solutions that will create lasting impact through deep collaboration.

The centre is about to enter its third year of operations, and our small and tight-knit team is working hard to build our portfolio and initiatives in a fast-changing, highly uncertain time. This internship presents an opportunity to be a part of our ‘startup’ period and work towards building a full-fledged UNDP tech centre.


Duties and Responsibilities

The Intern will be responsible for the following:

  • Event management, production, logistics, and support (in person and online)
  • Social media campaign development and posting, scheduling and other associated tasks
  • Thematic desk research and writing assignments (in line with the Centre mandate)
  • Website management and editing
  • Support to production of webinars, presentations and knowledge sharing engagements
  • General project management and support where it relates to communications and engagement
  • Research and outreach for partnership development (including working with the team to build partnerships across governments, the private sector, civil society, and academia)
  • Ad-hoc support to the GCTISD Director and staff


Candidate should have the following competencies:

  • Excellent oral and written English language skills;
  • Self-starter; organised and reliable;
  • Able to multitask, take ownership of projects; and balance multiple responsibilities;
  • Critical thinking skills;
  • Accuracy and attention to detail;
  • Ability to draft original content;
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and sensitivity to differing opinions and views.

Experience in graphic design and events management is a plus.

Required Skills and Experience

Interns are selected on a competitive basis. Applicants to UNDP internships must at the time of application meet one of the following academic requirements:

  • (a) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  • (b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
  • (c) Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.
  • (d) be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program and undertake the internship as part of this program.

Previous internship or work experience, or any sort of experience in communications work, is a plus.


Please refer to the above academic requirements.

  • Preferable fields of study: Communications, arts and social sciences, visual design, new media events management, international development, political sciences.


  • Experience in project and event management;
  • Experience in communications work such as writing articles/blogs and social media management;
  • Experience in drafting policy briefs, or translating complex topics for senior stakeholders or decision-makers;
  • Experience with running social media campaigns
  • Familiarity with the challenges facing the international development and public sector is desirable;




  • CV
  • Original text of up to 500 words addressing the following question:


  1. Write a blog post on a recent case study of a city tackling an urban challenge in an innovative way, with technology as the key enabler. It can be any city in the world, but it should feature a success story where the city successfully used tech and innovation to solve a problem that was impacting quality of life.
    1. You may read publications on Centre for Public Impact, Apolitical, GovInsider, OpenGov Asia etc. to get inspiration on the city and project you would like to write about.
    2. Do imitate our house style as much as possible. Here are some examples to help you get started:
      1. What Big Data means for Smart Cities
      2. Five ways that tech can help us protect natural resources
      3. Cultiv@te: Blockchain to Improve Traceability and Livestock Farming Practices for the Ecuadorian Amazon
      4. Bringing Precision Agriculture to Developing Countries – Lessons from a Vanilla Bean Farm
      5. 3 emerging trends as Indonesian smart cities tackle COVID-19


Conditions of internship:

Internships within the UN system are subject to following conditions, which the candidates should familiarise themselves with prior to applying:

  • Starting from January 2020 interns will receive stipends according to UN rules and regulations.
  • Any further costs associated with the internship 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 arrangements for travel, accommodation and other costs.
  • Costs for work-related local travel will be reimbursed as long as they have been cleared beforehand by the GCTISD Director. Costs for the daily commute are not reimbursable.
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship. The Intern must provide proof of enrolment in a health insurance plan;
  • UNDP does not provide assistance with travel and/or housing and the Intern will be responsible for obtaining the necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;
  • The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment within the UN System, but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship. The Intern will not be eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of internship or for the six months immediately following the expiration date thereof;
  • Interns will need to use their own laptop/notebook. A workstation with wireless internet access will be provided at the Centre’s facilities and supervisory support provided by the Centre staff;
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.
  • UNDP only accepts interns for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 6 months.

Selected candidates must submit following documents prior to joining:

  • Letter from the university confirming current enrolment and graduation date;
  • Copy of passport/national ID card;
  • A copy of his/her school transcript;
  • Proof of medical insurance including provision for medical evacuation and removal of mortal remains or life insurance;
  • A signed UNDP Internship Agreement.





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