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2.0 Policies
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Internship stipend rates, forms and FAQs are available here.
3.0 Procedures
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January 15, 2023 - Provisions have been included in UNDP’s internship framework to provide for remote interns who are eligible to a reduced stipend at the remote internship rate. Offices in non-family duty stations and other dangerous locations which are not permitted to offer in-person internships, will now be able to offer remote internships. Specific guidance to managers on how to best engage interns remotely is provided.

January 9, 2023 - The procedures have been updated to reflect UNDP's transition to its new cloud-based management platform Quantum in January 2023, replacing its previous ATLAS system.

December 15, 2021 - The UNDP Internship Agreement Form is now available in French. It is linked in step 5 of the Internship procedures section 3.0

January 05, 2021 - The UNDP Internship Agreement Form is now available in Spanish. It is linked in step 5 of the Internship procedures section 3.0.

July 17, 2020 - In order to help facilitate remote internships, the requirement for interns to be present in the office as a condition to receive a stipend from UNDP has been removed.

January 28, 2020 - Internship stipends, forms and FAQs are available on the web-link as published on the main page of the Internship policy.

January 01, 2020 - Effective 1 January 2020, UNDP’s internship policy has been updated, within the framework of People for 2030, to:

- Introduce payment of a stipend;

- Expand eligibility to persons completing national service obligations;

- Expand eligibility to students enrolled in postgraduate professional traineeship programmes;

- Introduce accrual of leave at a rate of 1.5 days per month;

- Clarify the obligations of the intern as well as UNDP’s;

- Clarify that interns must be selected from as wide a geographical basis as possible and without distinction as to race, sex or religion;

- Clarify areas of compliance with Sexual Harassment and SEA policies.

December 09, 2019 - Effective 1 January 2020, UNDP’s revised Internship policy will come into effect. Until then, colleagues can refer to the linked OHR resource SharePoint page to consult the revised policy, procedures and FAQs.