Internships

UNDP in Cyprus offers a small group of outstanding university students the opportunity to acquire experience working as Interns in the United Nations system.

Objective:

The programme will help successful applicants to gain a greater understanding of UNDP’s development policies and thematic priorities. Interns shall work in the areas of democratic governance and civil society; cultural heritage protection, sustainable development and the environment; communications; and conflict resolution, and other areas related to the work of the UNDP programme in Cyprus. In so doing they acquire practical experience in various aspects of project management in an international work environment, the work of UNDP and, in particular, the specialised work of UNDP in Cyprus.

What to expect:

Work in a UNDP project office and exposure to the UN system and operations. Typical tasks performed by the students include:

  1. conducting research;
     
  2. writing documents;
     
  3. cataloguing information; 
     
  4. assisting in the organization of conferences, forums or other collaborative events; and 
     
  5. publishing knowledge stories/best practices.

The purpose of UNDP’s internship programme is to:

  1. provide a framework by which students from diverse academic backgrounds may be assigned to UNDP offices, where their educational experience can be enhanced through practical work assignments;
     
  2. expose them to an international environment;
     
  3. expose them to work of the Organization with the objective of deepening their knowledge and understanding of UNDP’s goals, principles and activities; and 
     
  4. provide UNDP offices with the assistance of qualified students specialized in various professional fields.

Assignments may vary in length, according to availability and academic requirements as well as the needs of the centre.Preference is given to applicants who stay for 6 weeks or more.UNDP may offer part-time or full-time (3 days/week, 5 days/week) internships throughout the year.

There should be NO expectation of employment at the end of the Internship. Interns cannot apply for posts during the period of the Internship.

Eligibility Criteria:

The following minimum qualifications are required:

Enrolment in a graduate-level degree programme (second university degree or higher) at the time of application and during the internship, in a development-related field such as conflict resolution, architecture, civil engineering, graphic design, communications or public relations, media production, economics, international relations, sociology, public or business administration sciences or environmental studies.
Excellent written and spoken English; knowledge of Greek or Turkish is an asset.
Excellent computer knowledge (Microsoft Office applications).
Excellent interactive and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work in a multicultural environment.

Please note that a candidate graduating before the internship period begins is not eligible.

Additional Qualities:

  1. Good writing skills
  2. Internet research skills
  3. Ability to handle and interpret data
  4. Processing and analysing data, producing tables and figures


Financial Aspects:

The Internship programme operates on a non-salaried basis. The subsistence and travel costs connected with the Internship programme must be borne by interns or by other institutions. Interns are responsible for arranging their own travel to Cyprus, health and medical insurance, and accommodation.

Applicants for internship must sign a “Conditions governing the internship” form before they arrive in Cyprus.

UNDP is not responsible for any claims by any parties where the loss of or damage to their property, death or personal injury was caused by the actions or omission of action by the interns during their internship.

If work-related travel within the country is requested by UNDP during the internship period, per diem and travel shall be paid by UNDP.

Transport:

The quality and availability of public transport in Cyprus is not very high. There is no railroad or subway and buses are infrequent. Taxis are abundant. 


Health and Medical Insurance:

UNDP accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship. A list of insurance carriers offering expatriate individual health and/or life/accident insurance plans for students is indicated below.

Applicants for internship must show proof of valid medical and life/accident insurance for the duty station for which they will work (Cyprus). It must include adequate coverage in the event of an injury or illness during the internship which:

  1. requires transportation to the Home Country or Country of Residence for further treatment; or
     
  2. results in death and requires preparation and return of the remains to the Home Country, or Country of Residence.

NOTE: Proof of medical coverage/visa must be provided before the internship commences.


Expatriate Individual Health and/or Life Insurance for Students

As a way of assisting interns to have access to a wider choice of insurance companies when making their decisions about insurances, below is a list of insurance carriers offering expatriate individual health insurance plans

The list below does not constitute an endorsement by UNDP of their insurance plans. Any decision to contract their insurances is a matter strictly between the insurance carrier and the individual concerned. Consequently, UNDP assumes no responsibility in this regard.
GMC Services:http://www.henner.com/angl/individuel/individuel.html

Medex: http://www.medexassist.com

Meyer & Associates: http://www.meyerandassoc.com


Status of an Intern:

Interns are considered gratis personnel. They are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.

Interns cannot apply for posts during the period of internship.

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How to apply:

All internships are advertised on UNDP's jobs site at http://jobs.undp.org/.

Please note that sending the application shall not necessarily lead to placement into the internship programme. In view of the large number of applications, we are able to respond only to successful candidates.