(UNEP FI) Exciting Internship Opportunities 2024

Dear students and graduates internship seekers, the call for applications for 2024 internship’s at UNEP is now out. Do you aspire to lead an environmental affairs career with the most sought after and good reputable International Organisation ? Look no further, UNEP is here for you . They are searching for your talent. UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Global Policy Support Internship.

Category and Level : Internship, I-1
Duty Station : GENEVA

Department/Office : United Nations Environment Programme

Date Posted : Feb 12, 2024

Deadline : Feb 26, 2024

Background About UNEP

Located within the UN Environment Division of Economy, the Resources & Markets Branch (UNEP-RMB) seeks to conserve the environment, reduce poverty, and promote sustainable development by enhancing the capacity of governments, businesses, and civil society to integrate environmental considerations into economic, trade, and financial policies and practices in accordance with the partnership and integrated policy-making approaches of sustainable development. As part of UNEP-RMB, the UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) ( is a unique global partnership between the UNEP and the private financial sector.

Background and Context About the Internship Programme

UNEP FI works closely with 400 financial institutions that are signatories to the UNEP FI Statements of Environmental Commitment, and a range of partner organizations to develop and promote linkages between the environment, sustainability and financial performance. Through its industry commissions, thematic advisory groups and regional activities, UNEP FI carries out its mission to identify, promote, and realize the adoption of sustainability practice at all levels of financial institution operations. Global policy and regulatory measures on sustainable finance have increased substantially over the recent years. Public policy critically affects the ability of finance institutions to generate sustainable positive and reduce negative impacts through financing decisions.

It affects the sustainability and stability of financial markets, as well as social, environmental and economic systems. Sustainable finance policies have become central to enabling and accelerating a successful transition. Most importantly, they complement and build on financial sector leadership and initiatives such as the Principle for Responsible Banking, the Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance and other key voluntary financial sector commitments aimed at aligning financial processes and flows with the sustainability goals. The Global Policy Team at UNEP FI focuses on facilitating compatibility between policy and regulatory frameworks across the world. Members of the team are spread across different regions and coordinate relevant inputs and developments in regulation. The position is based in Brussels, Belgium.

Duties and Responsibilities


The intern will support the UNEP FI Policy team with the following tasks: Research and content development:

  • Undertake desktop research on sustainable financial regulation and finance-related themes requested and/or suggested by the Policy team. Key themes may include the integration of climate risk into banking regulation and supervision, corporate sustainability disclosure, transition plans, green taxonomies, biodiversity-related policy developments and others;
  • Contribute to policy briefs for sustainable banking regulatory measures in key regions and/or jurisdictions;
  • Ensure coordination and input from other UNEP FI teams and key stakeholders, as relevant;
  • Support with the preparation of info sessions, Webinars on selected regulatory developments, and events;
  • Conduct content development and technical works related to his/her own research interest aligning with the Policy team’s focus

Project management support:

  • Support the Policy team with researching relevant funding opportunities and support with the application process;
  • Support internal coordination efforts;
  • Coordination of work with other thematic teams in UNEP FI;
  • Support on consultation management for the Policy team;
  • Support admin management for the Policy team;
  • Support the Policy team with internal communications, website updates and external handling of webinars, conferences with UNEP FI Signatories

Eligibility Criteria


Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

  • a. Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  • b. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
  • c. Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.


  • Relevant experience and studies in finance, economics, law and/or international relations/affairs, development studies.
  • Applicants to the UN Internship Programme are not required to have professional work experience. However, a field of study that is closely related to the type of internship that you are applying for is required.
  • Applicants must be a student in the final year of the first university degree (bachelor or equivalent), Master’s or Ph.D. Programme or equivalent, or have completed a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PH.D. Programme. Do you meet any of the above criteria? If yes, please indicate which one and attach proof to the application. Please note that you will have to provide an official certificate at a later stage


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN Language is desirable.


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