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Private Sector Intern

Copenhagen (Denmark)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public, Private Partnership
    • Sustainable trade and development
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-01

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UNDP works globally with preventing poverty, the Post-2015 agenda, responsible governance, crisis prevention and recovery, climate action and access to energy. UNDP’s Nordic Representation Office (NRO) is located at the UN City in Copenhagen. Aside from Denmark, the office covers Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland, and together we work to promote knowledge of UNDP’s work in these central donor countries. The key tasks for the NRO is to manage UNDP’s interests and to communicate the organization’s key results and focus areas.

UNDP’s cooperation with the private sector is a significant component of NRO’s work. The Private Sector/SDG Accelerator Team consists of a few employees and one intern in Copenhagen, and an additional three employees working out of Sweden, Norway and Finland respectively. The team works strategically to build up partnerships with companies, financial institutions, business networks and other actors who want to work towards reaching UNDP’s goals and the SDGs. In January 2018 the office launched the SDG Accelerator for SMEs, a programme aimed at accelerating business solutions with the SDGs. The programme was piloted in Denmark in 2018 and 2019 with 32 Danish companies. Although the pilot was officially finalized in early 2020, the team is now heavily involved in the global rollout of the programme. UNDP country offices and other actors around the world have shown great interest in the SDG Accelerator for SMEs and several are already in the process of implementation. Some of the Private Sector Team’s work now consists of supporting and supervising these processes. Furthermore, the team has launched a Maritime SDG Accelerator and a Fintech SDG Accelerator and implementation of these programmes take place in 2021. Fundraising is also part of the activities carried out by the SDG Accelerator team.

Duties and Responsibilities

We are looking for an intern who can contribute to the office’s daily work. Since we are a small office with a broad mandate, the intern must be comfortable taking on a variety of assignments and not be afraid of new challenges. Typical tasks might include the following: 

• Research on potential partners, markets and funding opportunities 

• Support the coordination and handling of private sector partnerships 

• Support the global rollout of the SDG Accelerator for SMEs programme and fundraising activities 

• Support the implementation of the Maritime SDG Accelerator

• Support the implementation of the Fintech SDG Accelerator

• Participate in relevant public hearings, debates, events and workshops 

• Support the planning and execution of events 

• Draft and translate letters, presentations, concept notes and other texts 

• Take minutes at meetings 

• Calendar management 

• Draft Social Media posts and do outreach including  website maintenance  

• Support creation of Power Points incl. talking points for presentations

• Various ad hoc tasks 


  • Strong interest for sustainable development and the private sector’s role in sustainable development.
  • Excellent communications skills in English and a Scandinavian language (Danish, Norwegian or Swedish).
  • Strong interest in, and knowledge of, global development and the work of international organisations.
  • Knowledge of the global maritime sector and industry.
  • Knowledge of the financial sector and fintech.
  • Knowledge of social media and maintenance of websites
  • Event planning.
  • Team player; works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals.
  • Good organizational and time management skills.
  • Able to work independently.
  • Knowledge of the UN/UNDP and commitment to UN mission and UNDP mandate is an advantage.

Required Skills and Experience


Required Skills and Experience



  • Fluency in spoken and written English as well as a Scandinavian language (Danish, Norwegian or Swedish) is required.


Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

·       Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher);

·       Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as 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.


General Conditions


1.    In accordance with the UNDP Internship policy, UNDP interns are eligible to receive a monthly stipend, with a rate that varies depending on the duty location. The stipend will be paid monthly, and part-time internship arrangements are prorated accordingly.

2.    Where an intern is financially supported by an institution, government or third party, UNDP will pay the intern the difference, if any, between the external financial support provided and the applicable UNDP stipend.

3.    Except for the stipend, all other expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring government or institutions.

4.    Interns are not considered staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.

5.    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.


Note: The scheduled start date may be subject to change depending on the development of the COVID-19 situation. It may also be agreed bilaterally.

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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