New York City (United States of America)
UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground and in 177 countries and territories, we offer global prospective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.
The Legal Office (LO) serves as in-house counsel in UNDP. The Corporate and Institutional Law Practice (C&I) handles the Organization’s institutional and commercial legal matters, including contracts, privileges and immunities, and legal aspects of financing agreements and programming issues.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of the Senior Legal Advisor and Head of C&I, the intern’s duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Assignments ranging from review and assistance to LO lawyers on claims, contracts, agreements and intellectual property matters as well as research on various projects. The internship allows for a great deal of interaction and opportunity to receive guidance from and engage with the LO lawyers.
Strong organizational and research skills;
Excellent analytical, communication (oral and written) and writing skills;
Excellent interpersonal skills;
Respect for diversity: understanding of the United Nations system, operations and structures;
Work under minimum supervision and tight deadlines;
Computer proficiency: MS Office applications
Demonstrate integrity and fairness, by modeling the UN/UNDP values and ethical standards;
Promote the vision, mission and strategic goals of UN/UNDP;
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
Required Skills and Experience
In order to qualify for the program, the student must be enrolled in a graduate-level degree program leading to a Juris Doctor degree, Master of Laws (LLM) or one that is comparable if outside the United States. If the applicant has graduated, the internship must commence within one year of graduation.
Fluency in written and spoken English; knowledge of another United Nations official language is desirable (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish).
UNDP may provide a stipend intended to help cover basic daily expenses related to the internship, such as meals and transportation at the duty station when an intern is not financially supported by any institution or programme, such as a university, government, foundation or scholarship programme. The intern must make his/her own arrangements for travel (including to and from the office), visas, accommodations, etc.
The purpose of the Internship Program is not to lead to further employment with UNDP. There should be no expectation of employment at the end of the internship.
Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via this website;
The application must contain a) Cover letter and b) Curriculum Vitae. Please compile all the documents into one pdf. file to be uploaded with your application.
Only those candidates who are shortlisted will be contacted. Candidates who are shortlisted for an interview must submit prior to the interview the following documents:
Official letter from the University confirming enrollment in a graduate-level degree program, specifying the expected graduation date, or diploma if the applicant has graduated within the last year;
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;
Copy of current school transcript;
A brief statement specifying the reasons why the candidate is seeking an internship with UNDP and what is expected from the experience.
Before being offered an internship position, the selected candidate will have to provide the following additional documents:
A Medical Certificate of Good Health from a recognized physician. If the intern is expected to travel outside the country of their residence, other than to Europe and North America, the physician must indicate whether he/she is fit to travel and has had the required inoculations for the country or countries to which the intern is to travel;
Proof of medical insurance valid for the duration of the internship.