Internship for the Blue Resilience Project

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Copenhagen, Denmark 🇩🇰


The UNDP Blue Resilience project is a global governance project, funded by the Norwegian Blue Justice Initiative that offers capacity and technical support to national partners, within regional contexts, to strengthen cooperative institutional responses to criminality of the fisheries sector. It focuses primarily on support on progress in SDG 16 towards realization of SDG 14, harnessing digital solutions thereto.

The project supports operationalization of the International Ministerial Declaration against Transnational Organized Crime in the Global Fishing Industry, which expanded from 9 initial supporting nations in 2018 to 51. The project is housed at the UNDP Nordic Representation Office (NRO), Copenhagen, Denmark. Its objective is to support effective cooperation between government institutions in national partner countries to address and strengthen resilience to fisheries crime.

Towards this goal Blue Resilience facilitates capacity and technical support via two key offers: Blue Resilience ‘Blue Action Dialogues and access to and facilitated support in using Digital Tools

The Blue Action Dialogue is informed by empirical research and employs a blended system- and design-thinking approach. It draws on the UN’s Institute of Training and Research (UNITAR)’s learning and training expertise.

As administrator of the Blue Justice Community platform, UNDP Blue Resilience facilitates access to and use of digital tools in support of the Blue Action Dialogues. This includes facilitating user workshops with the International Blue Justice Tracking Centre, Norway, to enhance national partner maritime domain awareness and facilitating Activity Groups towards seamless inter-agency communication within and between countries.

The Blue Resilience team works closely with local UNDP offices and regional hubs to support national partners flagging interest in support on addressing fisheries crime.

Blue Resilience is a three-phase project, currently in its third phase: 2023-2027.

The project is seeking an intern to support the team. The internship will, at a general level, offer exposure to relevant UN work and networks and an introduction into the UN as an institution, as well as entail specific coordination and administrative support tasks. We seek a 100% intern based in Copenhagen, Denmark

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

Broadly, the project assistant intern would provide support in two main areas of work:

  • Provide administrative support to the project manager and overall team.
  • Provide administrative assistance in relation to the 2023 Blue Justice Conference both in administration, communication, and coordination of the event itself.


  • Excellent communications and writing skills in English, both spoken and written.
  • Knowledge of a Nordic languages such as Norwegian or Danish is a strong an advantage.
  • Computer literacy in standard software applications.
  • Strong interest in, and knowledge of, maritime issues, international relations and the work of international organizations.
  • Experience with event planning, marketing, social media and coordination.
  • Team player: works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals.
  • Good organizational and time management skills.
  • Able to work independently.
  • Demonstrated abilities of sensitivity, tact and diplomacy.
  • Demonstration of cultural sensitivity and appreciation for different cultures and practices.
  • Ability to pay great attention to detail and exercise sound judgment.

Required Skills and Experience

Languages – Fluency in spoken and written English is imperative.


  • 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.

General conditions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Except for the stipend, all other expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring government or institutions.
  4. Interns are not considered staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.
  5. The purpose of the Internship Program 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

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.

In case an applicant is successfully selected, s/he will be requested to provide electronic versions of the following documents within one week:

  • Copy of the applicant’s most recent resume or curriculum vitae
  • Copy of his/her school transcript.
  • Copy of passport.
  • Completed UNDP internship application form (to be provided upon selection).
  • Signed UNDP Internship Agreement (to be provided upon selection);
  • Medical Certificate of Good Health (to be provided upon selection);
  • Proof of medical and life/accident insurance (to be provided upon selection).




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