CityNet Programs Internship

Download CityNet Internship ToR Oct 2017

Terms of Reference

Who are CityNet interns?  

CityNet interns are young international leaders of the highest caliber. We train, equip, and develop interns’ skills through involvement across a spectrum of CityNet programs. Our interns are welcomed as a part of our team and take part by shaping projects, sharing ideas, and taking on substantial work.

Undergraduate students (especially upperclassmen), graduate students, and recent college graduates with experience in international development are encouraged to apply.

What do interns do?

CityNet offers the opportunity to work in a variety of fields depending on the position. CityNet has diverse work topics which mean that interns usually can connect and learn with areas they are interested in of the organization. While we are looking for individuals who have focused experience and skills, interns will be expected to take part in a variety of tasks.

Interns typically work 30-40 hours per week, providing research and administrative support to CityNet’s current projects and day-to-day office functions, depending on program needs and the intern’s availability. Please note that all positions are unpaid.

What do interns gain? 

  • Exposure to an international organization and network
  • Experience in a diversity of areas of an international development organization
  • Opportunity to expose themselves to a wide range of urban stakeholders in Asia Pacific through CityNet blog, or on occasion attending CityNet or partner events.
  • Experience to work in a multicultural environment.



Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree candidates or enrolled in higher education, majoring in public policy, urban studies, political sciences, or related social sciences field OR a demonstrated interest in urban issues and/or international development
  • Excellent spoken and written English and Korean
  • Fluent in using MS Office Suite

Preferred qualifications

  • Demonstrable experience in using graphic design/publishing tools such as Adobe Illustrator and InDesign for production of graphics, leaflets or publications is a significant advantage and will be enthusiastically sought out.
  • Experience working in the field, in a developing country environment is a significant advantage
  • Website management, CRM, and communications experience is an advantage
  • Asian and Pacific language skills such as Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Bengali etc. is an advantage
  • Experience in sales, marketing or fundraising, would be an asset

Intern Expected Tasks:

  1. Scope of assignment for the intern


Urban SDG Knowledge Platform support (60%)

  • Research sustainable urban development practices in the Asia Pacific region, at times drafting an initial policy/case brief using a pre-made template
  • Copy-edit case studies submitted by urban stakeholders and experts in the Asia Pacific region
  • Assist in producing graphic materials such as power point presentations, publications, infographics etc.
  • Research on political, social and economic environment of the Asia Pacific region as it pertains to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  • Other administrative tasks that may include drafting letters, summarizing reports, communication and liaison with partners etc.
  • And other tasks, as necessary by the Programmes team


CityNet Congress 2017 (20%)

In 2017, CityNet will host its Congress. This is CityNet’s biggest event which takes place every 4 years, and for this reason it requires detailed preparation. Some of the activities the intern will be supporting in relation to this event are:

  • Support in communicating and following up with participants, sponsors, and session holders including drafting letters, requesting and organizing documents, budget travel expenses (flights, accommodations), and keeping track of the status of all parties.
  • Support Program Officers and Congress Coordinator in implementation of Congress. (Elections, Medium Term Plan, Sessions, Sponsorships)
  • Support in drafting reports, agenda papers, publications, and social media posts, blogs, promotional items for Congress


Capacity Building (20%)

CityNet organizes several workshop and training programs for local government officials in Asia, which makes it possible that the intern will be asked to support on these programs. Typically this would involve the following activities

  • Support in identifying, contacting and following up with participants to prepare and drafting any necessary materials/documents required for workshops
  • Help in developing materials for the workshop such as drafting program book, reports
  • Support in reaching other partners in relationship to the workshop such as contacting potential guest speakers, or drafting promotion materials


Timeline and stipend: 

  • Please send your CV and a cover letter to by Oct 10, 2017
  • Interviews will be arranged for potential candidates if selected by Oct 13th
  • Start Date: to be agreed upon, but the sooner the better
  • Expected commitment: 30-40 hours/week (full time) for 3 months
  • Stipend: 10,000 won / day