United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Manila, Philippines
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Languages Required: 
English and Filipino


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UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

UNDP is working to strengthen new frameworks for development, disaster risk reduction and climate change. We support countries' efforts to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals, which will guide global development priorities through 2030. The key 2030 Agenda principle of leaving no one behind and stamping out inequality is at the core of everything we do.

UNDP focuses on helping countries build and share solutions in three main areas:

  • Sustainable development
  • Democratic governance and peacebuilding
  • Climate and disaster resilience

In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable.

Duties and Responsibilities

Internships offer a small group of outstanding undergraduate and graduate-level students the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to UNDP's work. 

Internships are not alternative forms of employment. They are a way to offer students the opportunity to complement their studies with hands on experience. This is excellent outreach for UNDP Philippines as well as a chance to have resources for a short period of time for focused contributions.  As interns are not paid, it is the relationship of the work experience to their studies and/or their future academic or career ambitions which gives the internship assignment value. They cannot be used to replace support staff or conduct strictly support functions. While some routine functions may be components of internship assignments, they are intended to be learning and developmental experiences that compliment advanced studies.  Providing an opportunity to make substantive contributions to an office’s work is an essential requirement of offices taking on interns. 

Assignments vary greatly in terms of content. Every attempt is made to match the interests of the intern with the needs of the organization. Internship assignments vary in length according to the availability and academic requirements of the intern, as well as the needs of UNDP. Assignments are available on a part-time and full-time basis throughout the year depending on the availability of meaningful assignments and the needs and capacity of offices to receive and supervise interns. 

For this role, the intern shall be assigned to the Resilience and Preparedness toward Inclusive Development (RAPID) Program under the Inclusive and Sustainable Development (ISD) Unit. The RAPID Program is a capacity-development program supporting the long-term recovery of Local Government Units (LGUs) and communities in Yolanda-affected areas. It is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Philippines Inclusive and Sustainable Development Unit (ISD) and the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). It aims to strengthen the approaches and actions on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) at the local level by capacitating its target LGUs and communities on climate change and disaster risk assessments and mainstreaming these outputs in development formulation and preparedness planning. The project is being initiated to municipalities located along the coastline of San Pedro Bay and Leyte Gulf which are: Tacloban City, Palo, Tanauan, Tolosa, Mayorga, MacArthur and Abuyog in Leyte, Basey and Marabut in Samar, and Lawaan and Balangiga in Eastern Samar.

The intern will assist in the following duties and responsibilities:

Knowledge Management and Communications

  • Contribute to the translation of technical documents such as reports and guidelines into brief and consumable content for public dissemination and use
  • Contribute to the development of written, visual, and multimedia communications products such as human interest stories, briefers, infographics, layouts, presentations, animations, video, and interactive content, among others
  • Manage social media platforms and contribute to the development of messages and a strategy for digital marketing
  • Logistical support to the organization of outreach and knowledge-sharing events.


  • Support other/ad hoc activities as seen relevant and needed.


Other competencies and attitude:

  • Interest and motivation in working in an international organization;
  • Good analytical skills in gathering and consolidating data and research for practical implementation;
  • Outgoing and initiative-taking person with a goal oriented mind-set;
  • Communicates effectively when working in teams and independently;
  • Good in organizing and structuring various tasks and responsibilities;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Responds positively to feedback and differing points of view;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.

Required Skills and Experience

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

  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
  • 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.

Field of study: Communications, Development Studies, Multimedia Arts or equivalent.

IT skills:

  • Knowledge and a proficient user of Microsoft Office productivity tools;
  • Knowledge of creative suites such as Adobe (Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects);
  • Social media proficiency; digital marketing knowledge

Language skills:

  • English and Filipino required; Waray is an advantage.
  • Knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.

Internship Conditions:

A few key points regarding internships with UNDP:

  • Interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of  the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or the intern, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence through private sources.
  • Interns are responsible for securing adequate medical insurance for the duration of their internship with UNDP and must provide a medical certificate of good health prior to starting the internship. UNDP will not reimburse the medical insurance of the intern. Any costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship assignment will be the responsibility of the intern.
  • The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to personal effects that may occur during the internship.
  • Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of the 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;
  • Subsequent Employment:

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.