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Young Internship Programme for United Nations SDGs 
2024

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Aged 16+

Target Age 

Internship Location

UNIDO

Shanghai Office

Internship Format

8 days 7 nights Shanghai onsite training and workshop

+

3 weeks online internship

Period

Starting from

17th June 2024

Each cohort will begin on every week

(10 cohorts)

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Programme Background

About UN Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs)

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a common blueprint for the peace and prosperity of people and the planet now and in the future. At its core are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an urgent call to action for all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership.

About ESG

ESG is an acronym for Environment, Social and Governance.

The concept is originated in the United Nations and has become one of the global metrics for measuring the long-term value impact and sustainability performance of companies.

 

Currently, the global authoritative ESG frameworks include GRI, SASB, ISSB, TCFD, TNFD, IIRC, HKEX ESG Disclosure Framework, etc. All listed companies and large and medium-sized enterprises will disclose their corporate ESG performance, almost involving all industries.

Pain-point

In recent years, ESG has become a focus for many industries, especially finance and banking, with other sectors joining in to move towards carbon neutrality.

 

80% World largest companies incorporate ESG in their hiring procedures 

However, the coverage of ESG in school education is still relatively lacking, and even secondary school principals and teachers do not know how to practice ESG or sustainable development.

With ESG and the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) being widely promoted globally, students need to keep up with the international pace, understand ESG, develop international cooperation and organizational skills, and enhance their ability to drive technological innovation.

About the Youth Leadership Programme

This programme is designed to provide a unique “work with the UN" internship opportunity for youths.

The four-week programme consists of 8 days 7 nights onsite internship at the UNIDO Shanghai Office and a 3-week online internship.

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Programme
Features

SDGs

In-depth study of the UN's 17 SDGs

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UN

Internship (workshops + training) in Shanghai HQ and receive recommendation letter upon completion

01

Shanghai

Experience a cosmopolitan city and visit its landmarks

03

United Nations HQ in New York

Internship offer by selection (start with 2024)

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UN Young Leadership Programme

ESG Tech

Understanding and Practicing ESG Technology

06

SDG

Youth Ambassador

05

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Project
Itinerary

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Expected
Outcome

01. Independent Thinking

to think critically and creatively, fostering the ability to analyze problems and develop innovative solutions autonomously.

02. Team Collaboration

Cultivating effective teamwork skills through collaborative projects, enabling to communicate, delegate, and work harmoniously with diverse team members.

03. ESG/SDGs Knowledge

Equipping with an understanding of the importance of ESG factors / SDGs in business operations, investment decisions, and societal impact.

04. Commercial Acumen in

Sustainability

practical insights into the dynamics of business operations, market trends, and customer behavior, fostering a deeper understanding of commercial environments.

05. Visionary Thinking

to envision a better future and empowering them to develop strategies and initiatives that contribute positively to society and the environment.

06.

Industry Report Research

& Writing Skills

ability to research and write industry reports, including skills in analyzing market trends, industry dynamics, and competitive environments

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Expected
Outcome for participants 

01

UN-SDGs (UNIDO) Certificate

02

Research & Design Thinking certificate

issued by the European Union China

Foundation

03

SDG Impact Standards Certificate

issued by the Social Impact Investment

Foundation

04

SDG Impact Standards Certificate

issued by the Social Impact Investment Foundation

05

Distinguished Intern have the opportunity

To receive the reference letter from UNIDO, and

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The 2024-2025 internship at United Nations

Headquarters in New York

Certificate Samples

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