UNDP works globally with the 2030-agenda, responsible governance, crisis prevention and recovery, poverty prevention, climate and access to energy. UNDP’s Nordic Representation Office (NRO) is located at the UN City in Copenhagen. Aside from Denmark, the office covers Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland, and together we work to promote knowledge of UNDP’s work in these central donor countries. The key tasks for the NRO are to manage UNDP’s interests and communicate the organisation’s key results and focus areas. UNDP’s cooperation with the private sector is a significant component of NRO’s work. The Private Sector Team consists of a few employees and one intern in Copenhagen, and an additional three employees working out of Sweden, Norway, and Finland respectively. The team works strategically to build up partnerships with companies, financial institutions, business networks, and other actors who want to work towards reaching UNDP’s goals and the SDGs.

In January 2018, the office launched the SDG Accelerator for SMEs, a program aimed at accelerating business solutions addressing the SDGs. The programme was piloted in Denmark in 2018 and 2019 with 32 Danish companies. Although the pilot was officially finalised in early 2020, the team is now heavily involved in the global rollout of the programme together with other UNDP colleagues including supporting and supervising these processes. The Green Growth and Jobs Accelerator Project (GGJAP) is the latest example of this continuation. GGJAP is a project that comes under the Danish-Arab Partnership Programme (DAPP) with an inception date of 1st January 2023. This exciting new project is based in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, and Jordan and runs from 2023 to 2027.

Furthermore, the team has launched sector-specific Accelerators and partnerships with external partners where UNDP provides support on the Impact Measurement and Management (IMM) methodology that underlines the SDG Accelerator. 

Duties and Responsibilities

We are looking for an intern who can contribute to the office’s daily work. Since we are a small office with a broad mandate, the intern must be comfortable taking on a variety of assignments and not be reluctant to take on new tasks. The internship is set to start on approx. the 24th of January 2023, but the date can be changed to ensure a proper onboarding for the intern.

Typical tasks include the following:


• Support development of materials for presentations, incl. PowerPoints and talking points

• Support communication and media outreach, incl. for social media, website, press and more

• Draft social media posts on UNDP’s and UNDP NRO’s private sector engagements

• Source stories internally in UNDP for social media outreach on private sector engagements

• Draft and translate letters, presentations, concept notes, and other texts Research:

• Research on potential partners, markets and funding opportunities

• Review external developments and research material relevant for the department

• Conduct analysis and research relevant for projects and engagements

Project support:

• Support the coordination and handling of private sector partnerships and engagements

• Support implementation of Impact Management and Measurement (IMM) advisory to external partners

• Support the global rollout of the SDG Accelerator programme and related activities

• Support the implementation of tailored SDG Accelerators

• Support development of new engagement opportunities 

Other support

• Prepare Prepare meetings, manage calendar invites, and take minutes

• Participate in relevant public hearings, debates, events, and workshops as needed

• Support the planning and execution of events

• Various ad hoc tasks


• Strong interest in sustainable and global development, the work of international organisations, and preferably experience with the private sector’s role in this agenda

• Knowledge of the UN/UNDP and commitment to UN mission and UNDP mandate is an advantage

• Knowledge of global value chains and businesses’ roles in these is an advantage

• Knowledge of the sustainable finance sector, including risk finance, fintech, and digitalisation is an advantage

• Knowledge of Impact Measurement and Management is an advantage

• Team player; works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational goals

• Good organisational and time management skills

• Ability to work independently and manage own deadlines

• Excellent communications skills in English and Danish

• Knowledge of and experience with communication outreach and with drafting articles and posts for web and social media

• Understanding of content management of websites (CMS) and ability to maintain websites is an advantage

• Event planning and execution

Required Skills and Experience


• Fluency in spoken and written English and Danish is required


Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must, at the time of application, meet one of the following requirements: • Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher);

• Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent);

• Have recently graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation;

• Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program and undertake the internship as part of this program.

Application Process:

Interested individual consultants must include the following documents when submitting the applications in UNDP job shop (Please note that only 1 (one) file can be uploaded therefore please include all documents in one file):

• Updated CV as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references.

• Brief description of why the individual considers themself as the most suitable for the assignment.

General Conditions

• In accordance with the UNDP Internship policy, UNDP interns are eligible to receive a monthly stipend, with a rate that varies depending on the duty location. The stipend will be paid monthly, and part-time internship arrangements are prorated accordingly.

• Where an intern is financially supported by an institution, government or third party, UNDP will pay the intern the difference, if any, between the external financial support provided and the applicable UNDP stipend.

• Except for the stipend, all other expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring government or institutions.

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

• 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.


Scott Speer

 Private Sector Intern

  UNDP Nordic Representation Office

  UN City, Marmorvej 51, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark

  Phone: +45 6055 1993