The UN Secretary-General established the UN SDG Action Campaign to inspire people and organizations from all backgrounds and every part of the world to take actions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, while holding decision-makers to account for progress society-wide. The UN SDG Action Campaign is hosted and supported by UNDP and is based in Bonn (Germany) with a lean team that marshals rapid support for new initiatives as opportunities arise and provides partners with on-demand strategic creative services that inspire SDG action with an engaged community of activists and concerned individuals.

Through compelling and creative SDG outreach and communications, the UN SDG Action Campaign serves UN Member States and the United Nations whilst bridging thinkers and doers from civil society, local governments, think tanks, the arts and culture, the media and the business world. It mobilizes individuals to champion the SDGs in homes, communities and beyond. At a moment of acute crisis in our world, the UN SDG Action Campaign seizes opportunities to rethink messaging, call to action and reorient policymaking towards the Goals.

Through tailored advocacy and communications, the Campaign builds powerful networks that reach millions worldwide, urge decision-makers to act and impel momentum. We use data, technology and innovation to empower people with the knowledge and tools to become actively involved in supporting their governments with SDG implementation and to continue to involve as many people as possible in the decision-making process.

Within the above context, the UN SDG Action Campaign is offering an internship for project and event support.

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities

Under the direction of the Lead for Partnerships and Operations, the incumbent is expected to contribute to the organizational support of projects and events, including but not limited to:

Project and Partnerships Support 

  • Providing research, writing, and editing support for the Global Week to Act for SDGs, UN SDG Action Awards programme, and the SDG Summit
  • Supporting the organizational management of event trackers and partner trackers using Excel and Salesforce
  • Supporting on event organization, including on procurement, liaison with partners, and logistics
  • Supporting the review/evaluation process for the UN SDG Action Awards
  • Supporting the outreach and partnerships efforts for the Global Week to Act for SDGs and related initiatives SDG Summit
  • Supporting the management of volunteer workstreams
  • Note-taking in meetings
  • Other relevant tasks as deemed necessary by the supervisor




  • Outstanding organizational skills, with attention to detail
  • Exceptional writing skills
  • Strong interest in the SDGs
  • Creative open-minded team player with a willingness to learn

Learning opportunities for the intern

  • General understanding of the work and mission of the United Nations SDG Action Campaign
  • Learn about the SDGs and its global movement to achieve the goals.
  • Insight into project management and event work with an international organization;
  • Experience working in an international organization and in a multicultural environment.

Required Skills and Experience


Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements: 

  1. Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher); 
  2. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent); 
  3. 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; 
  4. Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship programme and undertake the internship as part of this programme. 


  • First work experience in the project/event management field is desirable; 
  • First work experience in the international development field is desirable; 
  • Familiarity with the UN system in general;  
  • Familiarity with SDG’s and Agenda 2030 desirable.  


  • Excellent written and spoken English skills
  • Knowledge of one of the other five official languages of the UN (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset. 


  • The intern will be given monthly stipend in accordance with the provisions of the UNDP Internship policy, which applicants should become familiar with prior to signing an UNDP Internship Agreement Form. Where an intern is financially supported by an institution, government or third party, UNDP will, subject to the rules of such institution, government or third party, pay the intern the difference, if any, between the external financial support provided and the applicable UNDP Stipend. 
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship; 
  • All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring government or institutions; 
  • 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. 

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. 

Only a successful candidate will be required to submit the following documents: 

  • A copy of the applicant’s most recent resume or curriculum vitae; 
  • A letter from his/her/their university confirming current enrollment and graduation date; 
  • A copy of his/her/their most recent transcript; 
  • A letter of recommendation from a university professor; 
  • A signed UNDP Internship Agreement; 
  • A Medical Certificate of Good Health; 
  • Proof of medical insurance including provision for medical evacuation and repatriation of  remains or life insurance; 
  • Copy of valid  permit to work in Germany