Data Science Intern

  • Added Date: Friday, 13 October 2023
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 26 October 2023
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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


The UN Reform Resolution tasks UNDP to provide countries with an โ€œintegrator functionโ€ to accelerate progress towards the SDGs by tackling multiple interlinked and interdependent development challenges. The UNDP Global Policy Network (GPN) draws on expertise globally to provide more effective responses to the complex development challenges countries face in achieving the SDGs and responding to crisis in an integrated and coherent manner. Anchored in the Crisis Bureau (CB) and the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS), the GPN has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDPโ€™s Strategic Plan, which is aligned with the 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

An SDG Integration Team located with UNDPโ€™s Global Policy Network (GPN) offers a menu of services emphasizing direct short- to medium-term engagements to respond rapidly to requests from country offices for support on national implementation and monitoring of integrated policy solutions, qualitative and evidence-driven analysis for accelerated progress, and knowledge sharing and upscaling of innovative approaches to sustainable development. The teamโ€™s work emphasizes the application of evidence-driven data and analytics for SDG implementation and reporting.

In this regard, advances in digital technology are creating data at unprecedented levels of detail and speed, turning the stories of peopleโ€™s lives into numbers every minute of every day, across the globe. An important focus of the integration work is to complement traditional data (e.g., national statistics, NHDR like analysis) with new and alternative sources including digital โ€˜breadcrumbs,โ€™ satellite data, and social media to identify emerging trends and gain new perspectives on issues in development.

Under the guidance of the Global Policy Advisor of the SDG Integration Bureau for Policy and Programme Support/Global Policy Network, the Data Science Intern will support the Integration Teamโ€™s work on machine learning to strengthen the identification of emerging trends, improve understanding of evolving development issues and lead to the design of better development solutions.

Duties and Responsibilities
(c) Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation. (d) be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program and undertake the internship as part of this program.

Required field of studies:

Preferred fields of study: Computer Science, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, or Natural Language Processing.


Fluency in Python and relevant deep learning frameworks is required, e.g., PyTorch (preferred), TensorFlow, JAX.Proven knowledge of state-of-the-art deep learning and NLP techniques is required, including but not limited to BPE tokenisation, contextual representations, (self-)attention, transformers, encoder-decoder architecture zero- and few-shot learning.Documented research experience or publications in the area are a strong asset.


Excellent English language skills. Knowledge of another UN language is desirable.

Conditions of internship

Internships within the UN system are subject to following conditions, which the candidates should familiarize themselves with prior to applying:

UNDP HQ will provide a stipend in accordance with the provisions of the UNDP Internship Policy;Any further costs associated with the internship 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 arrangements for travel, accommodation and other costs; UNDP accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship. The Intern must provide proof of enrolment in a health insurance plan; UNDP does not provide assistance with travel and/or housing and the Intern will be responsible for obtaining the necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed; The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment within the UN System, but to complement an internโ€™s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship. The Intern will not be eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of internship or for the six months immediately following the expiration date thereof; Interns will need to use their own laptop/notebook. A workstation with wireless internet access will be provided at the Centreโ€™s facilities and supervisory support provided by the Centre staff; Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity. UNDP only accepts interns for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 6 months.

Selected candidates must submit following documents prior to joining:

Letter from the university confirming current enrolment and graduation date; Copy of passport; A copy of his/her school transcript; Proof of medical insurance including provision for medical evacuation and removal of mortal remains or life insurance and a medical certificate of good health prior to starting the internship. A signed UNDP Internship Agreement.

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