‘Data Science Research Internship’ by UNDP (Remote) for Graduate-Level Students

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  • Apply Before : November 9, 2020

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 80534
  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • Fields of study Various
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Duration 3 to 6 months
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English

Opportunity Description


Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD) is one of the UNDP’s six Global Policy Centers. IICPSD supports the private sector and foundations to turn into transformative partners in development through research, advocacy, facilitation of public-private discourse, and brokering partnerships. IICPSD leads UNDP’s global work on the private sector and foundations and upholds UNDP’s offices all around the world.
Moreover, IICPSD offers internship opportunities for outstanding graduate-level students. The research internship program provides a great opportunity for you to intern.

Quick details  

Location :
Istanbul, TURKEY
Application Deadline : 09-Nov-2020 (Midnight New York, USA)
Host Institution: Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD), UNDP
Additional Category:

Start date:   


Climate & Disaster Resilience

16  November 2020

3 to 6  month

Type of Contract : Internship
Position Level : Intern
Languages Required : English

Internship benefits

The program is intended to support the IICPSD’s applied research and policy advisory services as well as to enhance the interns’ practical experience in various issues related to private sector engagement, human capital development, impact investing in the achievement of SDGs, and other topics of international development.

Financial Issues

  • Internships within the UN system are subject to conditions the applicant must know before signing his/her internship contract.

Besides, interns will receive stipends according to the UN internship policy.

  • Any further expenses relevant to the internship must be covered by the nominating institution, related organization, or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to or by the applicants.


The objective of the Data Science Research Internship is to offer the intern the opportunity to work on how to use big data and machine learning methods on development issues; and particularly to analyze and learn from text-based sources of data with the use of natural language processing algorithms and tools. In particular, the intern will contribute to data collection, preparation, analysis, and visualizations efforts.

Duties and Responsibilities

Working under the direct guidance of the technical specialist, the intern will perform the following functions:

  • Contribute to the expanding machine-learning research;
  • Apply advanced Natural Language Processing techniques to devise, maintain, and expand on analytics, organize big datasets to get actionable insights from them;
  • Help with communicating findings properly to different stakeholders;
  • Provide support to the implementation of data science projects;
  • Cooperate with private and public organizations to get access to their databases;
  • Reach out to organizations and also academic institutions that apply data science to policymaking
  • Provide other support and assistance as necessary.


Technical/Functional Competencies:

  • Robust programming skills, experience with common data science toolkits, and proficiency in Python is strongly mandatory, proficiency in other data science-related software packages is an advantage;
  • Outstanding data preparation, processing, modeling, and visualization skills;
  • Good knowledge of machine learning methods and algorithms;
  • Experience in using models in production is a plus;
  • Working knowledge of current Natural Language Processing approaches is a strong plus.
  • Good familiarity with neural networks, preferably experience with Keras, Tensorflow or PyTorch;
  • Experience in big data technology and cloud computing platforms is an addition;
  • Good applied statistics skills, such as distributions, statistical testing, regression analysis;
  • Good competency in presenting data science results effectively.
  • Interest in International Development and applying the technologies for the common good;
  • Excellent ability to write and communicate with precision and professionalism;
  • Ability to manage workload with minimal observation and team up with a wide range of colleagues while catching deadlines;
  • Finally, robust interpersonal skills: being able to listen and collaborate with a wide range of actors, being able to work independently, being pro-active and initiative-driven;

Personal Competencies:

  • Commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision, and values;
  • Sensitivity to cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age differences;
  • Highest standards of integrity, discretion, and loyalty.

Required qualification and skills

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

  •  be enrolled in a Master Degree program
  • be enrolled in the final academic year of a (Bachelor Degree)
  • Or, have graduated with a university degree in fields such as Computer Science, Statistics, Data Science, Mathematics, Physics, Economics, or similar and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.


·        Fluency in English with excellent reading and writing skills.

How to apply?

Qualified candidates may apply online via the UNDP website.

Application Link

Your application should contain:

  • Brief Cover Letter (in English) detailing interest in and qualifications for the post;
  • Current and complete CV in English;
  • A link to code portfolio such as GITHUB code repository and/or one related recent writing sample indicating your understanding in the area of data science.

Please arrange all your documents into one single PDF document as the system only allows you to upload a maximum of one document.

Successful candidates must submit prior to the interview the following documents:

  • Official document(s) approving your education status;
  • Proof of medical and life/accident insurance valid for the location where the internship will be carried out. Selected interns must have medical and life insurance.

For more information, please read in the official link.


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