Intern (2 positions)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Bangkok, Thailand 🇹🇭


The UNDP Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development Team in the Bangkok Regional Hub works with developing countries in Asia Pacific to improve how inclusive development policies and programmes are designed and implemented. It provides policy advice and tools to fight exclusion and marginalization in areas such as social protection strategies, job creation and livelihoods, and sustainable urbanization. The team helps develop the capacity of governments to formulate strategies and public policies that promote human development, reduce poverty and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The team responds to requests from countries to adapt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with a set of SDGs at its core to national, sub-national and local conditions and realities, incorporating regional and global perspectives. It offers support to both UNDP Country Offices and to local governments in localizing, mainstreaming and accelerating the SDGs implementation as well as works to influence national policy-making with a view to creating an enabling environment for action at local and regional levels.

As part of its core work, the team uses UNDP’s comparative advantage and experience to support countries and cities to address pressing and complex urban issues, its interrelated development choices and consequences for sustainable development. The UNDP Sustainable Urbanization Strategy outlines our unique offers of approaches, mechanisms and tools that have been successful in defining and addressing gaps for the promotion of more inclusive cities, and in strengthening urban resilience.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Asia Pacific Regional Team Leader, Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development, the intern will work with other team members to develop and pilot design-led initiatives to address sustainable urban development and the localization of the SDGs in Asia-Pacific cities, as identified under the Scope of Work below.

The intern will 

  1. Undertake research and analysis on sustainable development and sustainable urbanization challenges in Asia-Pacific cities;
  2. Work with Policy Advisors in the Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development team, and other experts and resource people as required, to develop and pilot one or more design-led initiatives to address specific urbanization challenges in Asia-Pacific cities, focusing particularly on initiatives that engage youth and young people, and which contribute to the achievement of the SDGs.
  3. Support the research for and compilation and preparation of speeches, talking points, presentation materials, background notes. etc. on urbanization and the localization of the SDGs in cities;
  4. Provide support on technical and administrative requirements as needed (planning meetings/workshops, assisting in preparation of presentations, reporting, etc.);
  5. Support the team with other ad hoc tasks, as requested. 
  • Demonstrate commitment to the UN’s core values;
  • Respects individual, gender and cultural differences in dealing with others;
  • Treat all people fairly without favoritism.
Required Skills and Experience
  • Enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) or in a final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent), or;
  • Graduated with a university degree – and if selected, must start the internship within one year after graduation;
  • Field of studies should be in a development related field such as international affairs, international development, sustainable development, urban planning, urban design and innovation or other related topic;
  • A desire to work with and gain the confidence and respect of people with different language, national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter and the UNDP Statement of Purpose.
  • Language skills: written and spoken proficiency in English.


  • UNDP internship programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship;
  • All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring Government or institution;
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
  • The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;
  • Interns are not eligible to apply for any positions (Fixed-Term Appointment, Temporary Appointment, Service Contract, Individual Contract) 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:

  • There is no expectation of employment with UNDP following an internship.