Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
On the ground in about 170 countries and territories, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) works to eradicate poverty while protecting the planet. We help countries develop strong policies, skills, partnerships and institutions so they can sustain their progress. The Communications Team is responsible for communications and the focal point for SDG campaignes of the country office and develops strategic partnerships with media and other organizations making UNDP Philippines as a relevant and credible partners for Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.
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.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the Communications Associate, the intern is expected to perform the following tasks:
Impact of Results
Enhance the educational experience of undergraduate/graduate students through practical and guided hands-on exposure and involvement in UNDP Philippines’ development projects in the Philippines; and
Provide undergraduate/graduate students with an exposure to the working environment of a multilateral organization and a better understanding of UNDP Philippines’ goals and activities.
Language Requirements: Fluency in both oral and written English and Filipino
Required Skills and Experience
Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
UNDP Philippines does not provide financial support to interns. The costs associated with the internship must be borne by any sponsoring institutions or by the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and will have to make his/her own arrangements for accommodation, travel, etc. UNDP accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship. Applicants for internship must therefore carry adequate and regular medical insurance. Proof of medical coverage/visa must be provided before the internship starts.