Internship with UNCDF’s Partnerships, Policy, and Communications Unit in New York! Apply by March 30, 2024

Internship with UNCDF’s Partnerships, Policy, and Communications Unit in New York! Apply by March 30, 2024. Unlock a transformative experience with the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)! We invite you to embark on an exciting internship journey with our Partnerships, Policy, and Communications Unit in the vibrant city of New York, USA. As a valued intern, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to impactful projects and gain hands-on experience in the dynamic field of international development.

Internship with UNCDF’s Partnerships, Policy, and Communications Unit in New York! Apply by March 30, 2024

The starting date is flexible, but don’t miss the application deadline on 30-Mar-24 (Midnight New York, USA). This internship, lasting 3 to 6 months, is your chance to immerse yourself in a diverse and inclusive work environment, honing your skills and making a real-world impact. Join us and be a part of the UNCDF mission – apply now!

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Head of Partnerships, Policy and Communications PPC Unit, and in close collaboration with the Sustainable Finance and Partnerships Specialist in the PPC Unit, the intern will assist in any of the following tasks:

Summary of key functions:

  • Support to Strategic advocacy and partnership development;
  • Support for creation of new innovative finance vehicles and instruments;
  • Support to mobilization of core and non-core resources;
  • Support to effective Internal and External Donor Relations;
  • Support to facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing.


Core Values/Guiding Principles

  • Demonstrates consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UNCDF in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct
  • Demonstrates an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff
  • Demonstrates an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity
  • Demonstrates an intellectual curiosity and deep desire to learn
  • Demonstrates a consistent commitment to pro-actively helping fellow members of the PPC Unit and UNCDF more broadly in their day-to-day activities to the reasonable extent possible

Core Competencies

  • Demonstrates strong writing skills, particularly the ability to present persuasive, coherent and well-founded arguments
  • Demonstrates ability to write in a style that is accessible to a broad audience of policymakers, academics and activists
  • Demonstrates drive to achieve results in timely manner and to seek and find solutions to any problems encountered
  • Demonstrates ability to communicate clearly and persuasively

Functional Competencies

  • Ability to convert complex and abstract ideas into simple visual concepts
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task
  • Must be able to work in a multicultural environment and be aware of political sensitivities

Required Skills and Experience

Internship with UNCDF’s Partnerships, Policy, and Communications Unit in New York! Apply by March 30, 2024


Candidate must be enrolled in a degree programme in Business Administration, Economic Development, Economics, Finance,  or another related field.

Applicants to the UNCDF internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following 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.

Desirable Skillset & Experience: 

  • Experience creating presentations, creating Excel files and writing papers that capture complex concepts and put them into simple language;
  • Experience in working on finance transactions or creating financial models;
  • Experience in a consulting firm or an investment bank will be an added advantage;
  • Self-starter; organized; able to multitask, balance multiple responsibilities, and work to deadline.

Additional assignment-specific qualifications: 

  • Solid understanding of international development.


  • Fluency in English required. Fluency in French desirable;
  • Knowledge of other UN languages will be considered a plus.

Application Process:

Please note that the UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents (CV/ Resume, Cover Letter etc. into a single file before uploading).

  • In your application, please state in one paragraph why you would like to be considered for the internship and your primary motivation to apply for this role;
  • Please note that you will need to answer the mandatory questions on timeframe and availability (under Additional Questions section), which is a part of the internship application process, in addition to your cover letter.

  • Please submit your Resume/CV and an application using the UNCDF Internship Application form:
  • Applications should include the application form and latest resume.  Applicants are welcome to submit any additional work samples or portfolios in one single file, preferably PDF.
  • Interested candidates can apply at any time indicating the timeframe of their availability in the internship form. However, only those candidates selected for interviews / further assessment by hiring managers will be contacted.

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