UNDP provides opportunities for a small group of outstanding university students to undertake an internship at the UNDP office in Moldova. The objective of the Internship Programme is to provide UNDP Moldova with assistance of qualified students specialized in various professional fields. The Internship Programme provides a compact understanding of UNDP' s development policies, thematic priorities, and technical cooperation activities. Internships are designed to complement development-oriented studies with practical experience in various aspects of multilateral technical cooperation, but also complement other international studies.
Interns specialize in the areas of poverty reduction, gender, democratic governance and human rights, combating HIV/AIDS, promoting civic engagement and Millennium Development Goals. During internship they acquire practical experience in various aspects of project management in an international work environment.
Assignments vary greatly in terms of content. Every attempt is made to match the interests of the intern with the needs of the organization. Internship assignments vary in length according to the availability and academic requirements of the intern, as well as the needs of UNDP Moldova.
Interns are selected on a competitive basis. The following minimum qualifications are required:
UNDP Moldova does not provide financial support to interns. The costs associated with the internship must be borne by any sponsoring institutions or by the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and will have to make his/her own arrangements for accommodation, travel, etc.
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.
Applicants for internship must therefore carry adequate and regular medical and life insurance.
Proof of medical coverage/visa must be provided before the internship starts.
Further career opportunities
The purpose of internships is not to lead to further employment with UNDP Moldova but, as mentioned, to complement a student’s studies. Interns wishing to be considered for employment with the UNDP Moldova, even if otherwise fully qualified, are not eligible for consideration for employment either during their internship or within the six-month period immediately following the end of their internship.
Applicants should send the following documents before their arrival to Moldova:
Before starting the internship, interns should submit:
Who to contact
|Q:||What are the deadlines for applying?|
|A:||Deadlines are flexible and variable, depending on the needs of the UNDP office in Moldova.|
|Q:||How soon may I be informed about the outcome of my application?|
|A:||It varies from case to case. In the majority of cases, selected applicants are notified about two months prior to the commencement of the internship.|
|Q:||May I be informed earlier to enable me to make preparations, such as funding, university approval or visa application?|
|A:||In each case the applicant will be informed as soon as a decision is made.|
|Q:||When is the starting date of my internship?|
|A:||The dates will be coordinated between interns and supervisors.|
|Q:||I am enrolled in an undergraduate programme. Am I eligible to apply for the internship programme?|
|A:||To be eligible, applicants have to be enrolled in a second university degree programme (master or higher) at the time of application and during the internship.|
|Q:||I am enrolled in a Master/ Ph.D Programme. Can I apply?|
|A:||Yes, applicants have to be enrolled in a second university degree programme (master or higher) at the time of application and during the internship.|
|Q:||I just finished my Master’s. Can I apply?|
|A:||No. Applicants have to be enrolled in master programme or higher at the time of application and during the internship.|
|Q:||What kind of skills are you looking for?|
|A:||Generally, good academic and analytical skills, good language skills, excellent communication and interpersonal skills.|
|Q:||Do I get a certificate?|
|A:||Yes, all selected candidates who have completed an internship receive a certificate stating the period of the internship and the name of the department or office to which the intern was assigned.|
|Possibility of adjusting internship periods|
|Q:||Can I do a one-month internship?|
|A:||The minimum duration of an internship is two months and can be up to 6 months.|
|Q:||Can I do a part-time internship?|
|A:||Internship is on a full time basis only.|
|Q:||Can I postpone my internship until later?|
|A:||Only with the approval of the divisions and supervisors.|
|Q:||Is there any financial or organizational support for housing issues?|
|A:||There is no such support.|
|Q:||Does the UNDP subsidize the rent for interns?|
|A:||Unfortunately the UNDP Moldova is not able to subsidize rent for interns.|
|Refusal of offer/Cancellation|
|Q:||What is the procedure for canceling or refusing the internship offer?|
|A:||Selected applicants must notify the Internship Coordinator whether they will accept the internship or not.|
|Q:||Can I get any financial support from UNDP Moldova?|
|A:||Unfortunately, the UNDP Moldova cannot provide financial support to interns. All expenses connected with the internship will have to be borne by the intern or any sponsoring institution.|
|Q:||What is the medical certificate of good health?|
|A:||A medical document stating that you are in good health. There is neither a specific nor a required format.|
|Q:||Do I need to have a health insurance plan?|
|A:||Yes. You must have a valid health insurance covering your potential medical expenses in Moldova.|
|Q:||What are my chances of employment at the UNDP Moldova after the internship?|
|A:||The Internship Programme is not related to employment in the UNDP Moldova. There should be no expectation of employment within the UNDP Moldova after an internship. Interns shall not be eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, positions at the professional level for a period of six months following the end of their internship.|