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.
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.
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
Interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP. All costs connected with an intern’s participation in the program must be borne by the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his/her own arrangements for travel (including to and from the office), visas, accommodations, etc.
Strong organizational and reseach 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
Fluency in written and spoken English; knowledge of another United Nations official language is desirable (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish).