Intern – Investigations Section (three internship posts) at UNDP

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Intern – Investigations Section (three internship posts) at UNDP

Intern – Investigations Section (three internship posts)

Organization: UNDP – United Nations Development Programme
Country: USA
City: New York
Office: UNDP New York, USA
Closing Date: Friday, 23 February 2024


The Investigations Section of the Office of Audit and Investigations (OAI) at UNDP is offering three internship positions for a duration of six months, starting around 1 May 2024. The Investigations Section is responsible for conducting investigations into various forms of misconduct, including fraud, corruption, retaliation against whistleblowers, workplace harassment, abuse of authority, and violations of UNDP regulations. It also investigates allegations of financial irregularities by contractors and implementing partners.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Interns will provide support to the Investigations Section in conducting investigations, which may include:

  • Reviewing reported cases
  • Drafting investigation-related documents
  • Conducting interviews with subjects, complainants, or witnesses
  • Identifying, collating, and analyzing potential evidence
  • Assisting in editing and reviewing investigation reports
  • Undertaking other related tasks as required


  • Demonstrates integrity
  • Ability to remain objective, neutral, and independent
  • Displays cultural sensitivity
  • Produces timely, quality outputs
  • Exercises sound judgment/analysis
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Required Skills and Experience:


  • Enrolled in a postgraduate degree program (master’s or higher) in investigations, management, finance, law, international relations, international development, journalism, English studies, or related fields
  • Enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in relevant fields
  • Recently graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one year of graduation
  • Enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program and undertake the internship as part of this program

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) required
  • Interest and/or experience in investigations, administrative and/or disciplinary law is desirable
  • Experience in editing and proofreading is desirable
  • Experience conducting open-source research is a plus

Working Languages:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required
  • Fluency in Arabic, French, Spanish, or Russian is highly desirable
  • Knowledge of additional United Nations official languages is an advantage

Work Arrangements:

  • Internships are located at UNDP Headquarters in New York, but the role may be home-based
  • Interns will need to use their own laptop/notebook if they work from home
  • Internships will be full-time
  • The top applicants will be selected for internships starting around May 2024, for a calendar period of six months

Application Process:

The application should contain the following uploaded as one file:

  1. Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  2. Original text of up to 500 words addressing the following questions: (i) why you would like to be considered for the internship and your primary motivation to apply for this role; (ii) timeframe and availability for an internship with OAI

Please note that the UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application documents, so please merge all your documents (CV/Resume, Cover Letter, etc.) into a single file before uploading.

Terms and Conditions:

Internships within the UN system are subject to specific conditions, and candidates should familiarize themselves with these conditions prior to applying:

  • Internship will be for a period of six months
  • Interns will receive a stipend in accordance with UNDP rules and regulations to cover basic daily expenses
  • Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, passports, accommodation, and living expenses are the responsibility of the intern
  • Interns are responsible for securing adequate medical insurance for the duration of their internship with UNDP

Subsequent Employment:

The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but to complement an intern’s studies. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Selected candidates must submit the following documents prior to being offered a Letter of Acceptance for Internship:

  • A duly completed UNDP Internship Application Form
  • A signed UNDP Internship Agreement
  • Copy of updated CV/Resume
  • Official letter from the university confirming current enrollment and graduation date
  • Copy of passport/national ID card
  • A copy of his/her school transcript
  • Letter of endorsement/recommendation from a Professor
  • Proof of both Medical and Life Insurance valid for the duty station and covering the duration of the internship program

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply. UNDP has zero tolerance for discrimination.

The United Nations does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing, or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Should you receive a solicitation for the payment of a fee, please disregard it. Emblems, logos, names, and addresses are easily copied and reproduced; therefore, applicants are advised to apply particular care when submitting personal information online.


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