Internship Programme

We are committed to delivering an internship programme that gives new experiences, develops skills and increases the knowledge and global awareness and networks of young professionals whose tertiary training is enhanced with real vocational experience.

Through their work interns develop a deeper understanding of the challenges that face our cities and practical experience of a principles-based approach to urban development and governance.

Our highly successful internship programme has been operating since 2011 and has attracted many talented undergraduate and post graduate students and early career professionals who have made valuable contributions to the work of Cities Programme. For a number, it has opened doors to related employment and laid the ground for specialist further studies. Our program has formerly been focused on three streams, project management and research and communications.

UNGC-CP Internship Programme General Selection Criteria

General Criteria for Interns and Selection Process

Cities Programme Interns are selected on the basis that they have:

  • Tertiary or post graduate qualifications (or the equivalent professional experience) in disciplines related and relevant to cities, issues of urbanization &/or communications, public relations, the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact and the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Research skills and knowledge (in the case of a research based placement)
  • High level interpersonal and problem solving skills and evidence of taking initiative
  • Advanced written communication skills across a number of mediums
  • Professional presentation and oral communication
  • Awareness and sensitivity to culture, gender and ethnicity and a personal commitment to equality, inclusion, social justice and environmental care.
  • Understanding of global issues and commitment to advance the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact – in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption – and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Skills in languages other than English are not essential but are highly regarded.

Intake Process and Terms

Internships can be hosted internally by the Global Secretariat in Melbourne Australia or externally in member cities government departments or partner organisations.  Whether hosted internally or externally supervising staff commit to providing appropriate roles and projects and delivering quality supervision, training and mentorship to the candidate throughout the length of the agreed placement. Interns are expect to commit to a minimum of 3 days a week for 4 consecutive months. Placements are made available when specific projects needs and opportunities arise. These placements are advertised on this page the UNGC-CP website (see below) with a specific position description and key selection criteria.


  • Successful completion of the internship results in a Statement of Attainment which includes a detailed listing of achievements and skills developed
  • Our interns are recognised as one of the team and have a profile on our website
  • All authorship and team membership is recognised – our interns are also encouraged to do independent writing
  • Our staff often act as referees for successful interns to future employers.


Our interns are paid an honorarium.

 To apply

Please email Shai Diner at You will need to provide a covering letter expressing your interest and a current Curriculum Vitae.

See what others have done


Follow this link to an overview of recent intern experiences




Media and Communications Internship Opportunity

Are you a communications student, recent graduate or young professional seeking communications experience within an urban sustainability programme? We are seeking an intern who is motivated and self-directed to aid in the delivery of outgoing communications at the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme. Your role will be diverse; assisting with social media, events, communications and much more. As part of our small, dynamic team, you will have the opportunity to make real difference and be supported through your ongoing professional development. For more information and the position description, visit our website.

The internship is being hosted in the Melbourne office of the Cities Programme International Secretariat

Applications Close: 09 May 2017

To apply:

Download the Position Description.

Please email applications and queries using the email subject heading #03.17.ISP  to Shai at

City Engagement Internship Opportunity

We are seeking an intern to work on a range of important city engagement and communication activities. The position will contribute to the new 2017 engagement strategy which involves the roll out of a new fee paying membership system. The internship will be based in Melbourne, working under the supervision of Elizabeth Ryan, to support and aid our Country Contact Point in Curitiba, Brazil. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with connections to Brazil, to develop skills in engagement and communication whilst aiding our Brazilian network of cities to build capacity in international urban sustainable development. This internship suits people with strong written communication and organisational skills with a keen interest in public relations, business development and partnership development. This internship is available for a four month period.

Applications Close: 16 May 2017

To apply:

Download the Position Description

Please email applications and queries using the email subject heading #04.17.ISP to Shai at

Brazil Internship Opportunity

There is an opening for an intern to work alongside our Brazil Contact Point Rosane de Souza in her work supporting cities and partners in cross-sectoral sustainable development projects and Global Compact engagement. The candidate will develop skills in partnership and project development, sustainable development. Portuguese language is essential.

To apply

Please email Shai Diner at You will need to provide a covering letter expressing your interest and a current Curriculum Vitae.