Internship Programme

The Internship Programme is a component of the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme’s project and research services that is dedicated to building the capacity of the urban professional workforce for the future development of environmentally sustainable, fair, equitable and inclusive cities.

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.

Applications to undertake a placement with the UNGC-CP in two ways.

  1. There are two rounds of general intake opportunities every year in February and July or,
  2. 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 empoyers.


Our interns are paid an honorarium.

Next Intake

Our next intake of interns is for commencement in July 2017

Details on how to apply will be made available form 1 June 1 2017

To apply

Please email Julia Laidlaw 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




Internship Opportunity – Symposium on Sustainable Development Research in Asia

On July 25th – 28th 2017, RMIT University will host the “Symposium on Sustainable Development Research in Asia Pacific”, in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University, HAW Hamburg, under the auspices of the Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme (IUSDRP).

We are looking for an intern who is prepared to provide administrative and event management support for the symposium. This is a unique opportunity for an intern who will be exposed to global leaders, thinkers and visionary individuals working on sustainability and the built environment. The intern will work under the guidance of the co-chairs and the organizing committee of the symposium.

Applications Close: 17 March 2017

To apply :

To download the Position Description and Key Selection Criteria Click Here

Please email applications and queries using the email subject heading #01.17- Int SSDR in AP  to Julia Laidlaw 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 Julia Laidlaw at You will need to provide a covering letter expressing your interest and a current Curriculum Vitae.