What is the Graduate Students’ Internship Programme (GSIP)?

UNDP Malaysia’s Graduate Students’ Internship Programme (GSIP) provides a wide range of opportunities for graduate students to gain insight into the work of UNDP and the development programmes undertaken in Malaysia.  The successful candidate will be required to work from the UNDP’s Office in Kuala Lumpur.


  1. Enhance the educational experience of graduate students through practical and guided hands-on exposure and involvement in UNDP’s development projects in Malaysia;
  2. Provide graduate students with an exposure to the working environment of a multilateral organization and a better understanding of UNDP Malaysia’s goals and activities.

Thematic Scope

UNDP Malaysia consciously attempts to link strategic policy initiatives with downstream pilot projects so that the CO’s work is informed by local realities and that the projects support national development objectives and is consistent with the national development plans.  Policy and programmatic strategies are identified jointly with the Government and implemented by over 10 ministries and agencies. The approved CPAP Outcomes for 2013-2015 are as follows:

Outcome 1: Addressing Inclusive Growth
To enable the national development agenda to systematically move towards an inclusive socio-economic development paradigm and improve the livelihoods of the bottom 40% of households, the CPAP will contribute to sustaining and scaling up recent achievements in mainstreaming the human rights-based approach to development and gender equality.

 Outcome 2: Strengthening Climate Resilient Development
To support the national development priority of establishing a climate resilient growth strategy while ensuring the equitable and sustainable use of environmental resources, the CPAP will address the institutional and policy challenges related to environmental concerns.

 Outcome 3: Promoting the Global Partnership for Development
To support the national development agenda of promoting cooperation among developing countries through sharing of experiences and expertise, the CPAP will facilitate the Government of Malaysia’s contribution to and learning from the global development community.

Duration of Internship

UNDP only accepts interns for a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 6 months and can begin at any period in the year.


Interns are selected on a competitive basis. The following minimum qualifications are required: Enrollment in a graduate-level degree programme in a development related field such as economics, public or business administration, or environmental studies. Only those students who will return to their studies upon completion of their internship assignments are eligible.


UNDP does not pay for internships. The costs associated with the latter must be borne by the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or by the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his or her own arrangements for travel, accommodation etc.

Application Process

Internship posts will be advertised when available and applied online only.

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