United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) - Internships


International Organizations

Location (s):

  • United States of America
New York, NY


UNCDF is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s 48 least developed countries. It creates new opportunities for poor people and small businesses by increasing access to microfinance and investment capital. UNCDF focuses on Africa and the poorest countries of Asia, with a special commitment to countries emerging from conflict or crisis.


The UNCDF Internship Programme offers a small group of outstanding students the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to UNCDF activites. It is designed to complement development-oriented studies with practical experience in various aspects of UNCDF work.

Applicants should have expressed interest in the field of development; ability to adapt to new environments and work with individuals from different cultural backgrounds. Interns work under the supervision of a staff member at UNCDF. Internships opportunities are posted regularly on an "as needed basis". 

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

Candidates for the internship programme are selected on a competitive basis. The following qualifications are required for consideration:
  • Enrollment in a graduate-level degree programme in a development related field such as economics, public or business administration, or environmental studies. Only those students who will return to their studies upon completion of their internship assignments are eligible;
  • Students must have written and spoken proficiency in English; fluency in French, Spanish or Arabic is an asset.


Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

Cost/funding for participants:

Interns do not receive a salary or any other form of remuneration from UNCDF. The costs associated with an intern's participation in the programme must be assumed either by the nominating institution, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students, or by the students themselves, who will have to meet living expenses as well as make their own arrangements for accommodation, travel and other requirements. In addition, applicants must have medical insurance for the duration of the internship. Proof of insurance will need to be submitted before the internship begins.
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