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Internship Programme

1.The Organisation

The newly created United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) contributes to building, exchanging and facilitating the use of knowledge in support of a faster and broader transition towards sustainable societies. UNOSD specialises on mapping, assessing and improving exchange of knowledge resources, providing guidelines to Member States and the broader policy communities on sharing and applying such resources. The Office also undertakes research and capacity development in key areas of sustainability transition. Its activities include:

Knowledge exchange:

Through its portal, UNOSD eases access to the vast and sometimes overwhelming knowledge on sustainable development. It also facilitates connections between researchers and practitioners, notably for national and local policy making and programming;

Research and policy analysis:

Assessing gaps in, and promoting solutions for the implementation of critical sustainable development issues; Capacity development: The first two components provide training material and events, as well as implementation toolkits and support for strengthening the capacity of developing countries in advancing the post-Rio sustainable development agenda;

Partnerships: To implement the above activities, UNOSD nurtures cooperation towards efficient and effective recognition and sharing of resources, including expertise, capital and knowledge from all stakeholders. UNOSD is managed by the Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), with the support of the Republic of Korea Ministry of Environment, Yonsei University and the City of Incheon. Its offices are located in New Songdo City, Incheon, Republic of Korea.

2.Eligibility for Internship

Internships with UNOSD offer outstanding students the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to the work of the United Nations while making a significant contribution to UNOSD activities and mandate.

To qualify for the Internship Programme of UNOSD, the following conditions must be met: Applicants be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) at the time of application and during the period of internship; or Applicants be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent); or Applicants have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within one-year period of graduation. In addition, the following competencies will be sought by UNOSD when selecting internship candidates: Experience: No prior professional experience is required, although any experience of relevance to the work of UNOSD will be an advantage;

Working skills:

Be results-oriented, with the ability to meet deadlines, and to work both autonomously and in team. This includes good interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively and respectfully with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals. Interests: The applicant should however demonstrate a keen interest in the work of UNOSD and a personal commitment to the ideals of the United Nations Charter; Communication: Good communication skills, including the ability to draft documents in a clear and concise manner; Languages: Good oral and written command of English is essential. Knowledge of any other of the UN officials languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish or Russian), or Korean, would be a significant asset.

Global Ambassadors Program

globel ambesider program


As a Country Ambassador, you will be responsible for:

Posting opportunities on our website Writing articles and blogs Recruiting City Ambassadors as a part of 1 Million Impact campaign Organizing in-person events to promote UN Sustainable Development Goals Striking partnerships with companies or startups that want publicity for their opportunities or events.

Advocating OKYD as a brand Sharing content to your social networks Providing regional insight and feedback Creating a stronger regional presence for OKYD


Ambassadors gain:

Knowledge and experience working with a start up organization run solely by young people Leadership and organizational skills A powerful network of ambassadors from all over the world Experience writing articles Online mentoring on all ambassador reports Social media skills Electronic promotional goods for effective SDG related campaigns to be planned and executed by an ‘Ambassador’ E-certificate on successful completion of Ambassador term E-reference letter to exceptional Country Ambassadors Recognition of the “Best Ambassador of the term” shall be given to 1 (One) ‘Ambassador’ who shows the most passionate and active social accomplishments as well as organizing events of Opportunities Knock Your Door. A certificate and souvenir will be given to the Best Country Ambassador at the end of the term. The process and final decision on the selection shall be planned and confirmed by Opportunities Knock Your Door team. Eligibility Applicants can be of any age Applicants must be passionate about youth, social engagement and Sustainable Development Goals Applicants must have a desire to change the world