Internship Opportunity for Students at UNDP Office (Belarus)

Location : Minsk, BELARUS
Application Deadline :31-Dec-15
Additional CategoryManagement
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
English   Russian  
Duration of Initial Contract :minimum 6 weeks
Expected Duration of Assignment :with further extension up to 6 months based on the Office needs





  • a duly completed “UNDP internship application form”;
  • a copy of the most recent resume or curriculum vitae;
  • a letter from the university confirming current enrollment and graduation date;
  • a copy of school transcript;
  • a letter of endorsement from a senior faculty member who has directly supervised the student in the recent past and who is fully acquainted with the student's performance; and
  • a brief paper setting out the reasons why a student is seeking an internship with UNDP and what is expected from the experience.

Purpose of UNDP’s Internship Programme is to:

  • provide a framework by which students from diverse academic backgrounds may be assigned to UNDP offices, where their educational experience can be enhanced through practical work assignments;
  • expose them to an international environment;
  • expose them to work of the Organization with the objective of deepening their knowledge and understanding of UNDP goals, principles and activities; and
  • provide UNDP offices with the assistance of qualified students specialized in various professional fields.

Financial aspects, expenses and medical benefits:

  • The Internship Programme operates on a non-remunerative basis. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of the intern or his sponsoring institution or government.
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for the medical insurance for the intern or for any costs arising from accidents and/or illness during the internship period. Applicants are required to provide evidence of adequate medical insurance coverage.
  • UNDP is not responsible for any claims by an intern or third party in the case of loss or damage to property or death or personal injury as a result of actions or omissions on the part of the intern during the internship period.

Working Conditions

During the internship session, interns will be provided with a desk, phone and computer access.

Further Career Opportunities:

  • 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.
  • Should an offer of employment be envisaged, a 3-month break, from the end of the internship, must be respected.
  • Interns cannot apply for posts during the period of internship.
Duties and Responsibilities

The typical tasks performed by interns include:

  • conducting research;
  • writing documents;
  • cataloguing information;
  • assisting in the organization of conferences, forums or other collaborative events; and
  • publishing knowledge stories/best practices.



Corporate competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Functional competencies:

  • Strong track record of research and writing skills;
  • Knowledge of gender and/or human rights;
  • Editing skills are helpful;
  • Computer literate in standard software applications;
  • Demonstrated keen interest in the work of the UN, and of UNDP in particular, and a personal commitment to UNDP's Statement of Purpose  and to the ideals of the UN Charter; the ability to successfully interact with individuals of different backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.


Required Skills and Experience

UNDP may accept interns providing the following conditions are met:

  • enrolled in a degree programme in a graduate school (second university degree or higher) at the time of application and during the internship (if a candidate is graduating before the internship period begins, they are no longer eligible); or
  • not have graduated prior to the beginning of the internship;
  • proficient in English. Fluency in Russian and Belarusian is an asset.


  • Interns are considered gratis personnel. They are not staff members.
  • Interns may not be sought or accepted as substitutes for staff to be recruited against authorized posts.
  • Interns may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.