• Paid

UNCDF is seeking interns for several units and programs within the inclusive digital economy (IDE) team. Working under the guidance and supervision of the different unit supervisors, the interns will support the ongoing work plan and goals of the units. The three units seeking interns are the Migration and Remittance team the Policy Accelerator team and the Knowledge Management and Communication team.

The internship manager is committed to providing the intern with the training, guidance, and support necessary to complete the below duties and responsibilities effectively and within the internship period. This will include, but not be limited to, scheduled meetings (weekly) to assess output progress, systems training (where required), and completion of required university reports for the purpose of meeting any necessary Degree requirements.

The UN Capital Development Fund makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 46 least developed countries (LDCs). UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development.

UNCDF’s financing models work through three channels: (1) inclusive digital economies, which connect individuals, households, and small businesses with financial eco-systems that catalyze participation in the local economy, and provide tools to climb out of poverty and manage financial lives; (2) local development finance, which capacitates localities through fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and structured project finance to drive local economic expansion and sustainable development; and (3) investment finance, which provides catalytic financial structuring, de-risking, and capital deployment to drive SDG impact and domestic resource mobilization.

Under the supervision of different unit leaders, different teams within the IDE practice of UNCDF are looking for the below interns:

  • Policy Interns for East Africa for the Policy Accelerator team (Kampala, Uganda or Addis Ababa, Ethiopia).
  • Policy Interns with a focus on gender and research (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia or Kampala, Uganda or Brussels, Belgium).
  • Policy Interns with a focus on West and Central Africa (WCA) (Dakar, Senegal, or home-based in Douala or Yaoundé, Cameroon).
  • Communication Interns to support the knowledge management (KM) and communication efforts of the team (Brussels, Belgium).
  • Data Analytics and Research Interns for the Migration and Remittance team (Geneva, Switzerland, or Bangkok, Thailand) Please note that for the data analytics and research team, only a full-time internship is possible.
  • Gender Research Interns for the Migration and Remittance team (New York, United States) Please note that for the gender research team, only a full-time internship is possible.




  • Under the new revised UNDP Internship Policy, UNCDF will provide a modest monthly internship stipend to its interns, in accordance with the provisions of the UNDP Internship Policy. All expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern or her/his sponsoring entity/institution.


  • Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree program (such as a master’s program, or higher);
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (such as a 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.
  • An understanding of international development and digital financial and non-financial services and knowledge of some aspects of remittances, digital finance and technology, and/or the policy and innovation \ environment that guides them is required
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills in English are required.
  • Fluency in French desirable;
  • Knowledge of any other UN language will be considered a plus

For further eligibility requirements for respective internships, visit the official website.

Eligible Regions: Open for All

Application Process

Please note that the UNDP job site system allows only one uploading of application documents, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into a single file before uploading). The whole application file submitted cannot exceed 7 pages.

  • In your application, please state in one paragraph why you would like to be considered for the internship and your primary motivation to apply for this internship
  • Please note that it is mandatory to (1) select one or more of the teams and (2) answer the questions on the timeframe and availability (under the Additional Questions section), you would like to do an internship with based on the tasks described which is a part of the internship application process, in addition to your cover letter.
  • Please submit your Resume/CV and an application using the UNCDF Internship Application form: http://www.uncdf.org/download/file/127/2509/internshipdoc
  • Applications should include the application form and the latest resume. Applicants are welcome to submit any additional work samples or portfolios in one single file, in PDF. The whole application file submitted cannot exceed 7 pages.
  • Interested candidates can apply at any time indicating the timeframe of their availability in the internship form. However, only those candidates selected for interviews / further assessment by hiring managers will be contacted.

Application Deadline: October 1, 2023

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