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Introduction to the UNDP’s Human Development Internship
The UNDP is offering a dynamic internship opportunity with the Human Development Report Office (HDRO) in 2024 to contribute to global change and development. The internship will provide an opportunity to gain valuable experience in the field of international development and to gain insights into the work of the UN.
The United Nations Human Development Report Office (HDRO) provides an excellent opportunity for interns to learn and develop valuable skills in research and writing. As an intern, you will have the opportunity to work alongside experienced professionals and gain hands-on experience in a real-world setting.
You will be exposed to the UN’s ongoing efforts to promote human development and witness the impact of its initiatives firsthand. Additionally, the HDRO offers a comprehensive training program designed to equip interns with the necessary skills to succeed in their roles. This includes training in research methodologies, data analysis, and visualization, as well as effective communication and writing skills. By participating in this program, you’ll be able to develop your skills and contribute to the UN’s mission of promoting sustainable human development on a global scale.
The goal of HDRO is to promote and enhance the progress of human development by providing greater access to opportunities, a wider range of choices, and increased freedom. The contribution of interns to achieving the mission is significant.
They play an instrumental role in supporting young scholars’ professional development by providing them with valuable hands-on experience. Furthermore, they assist in enhancing analytical and statistical skills through their participation in various research projects.
The interns’ hard work and dedication are crucial to the success of the mission, and their efforts help to ensure that the organization continues to make a meaningful impact.
Internship Duties and Responsibilities
As an intern, you will work closely with senior staff members at HDRO on preparing human development reports and related products. This internship will provide you with valuable experience in human development and international affairs. Key responsibilities include:
- Quantitative and qualitative background research
- Literature reviews and short research notes
- Review and verification of statistical materials
- Analysis and presentation of human development statistics
- Data source identification and dataset preparation
- Fact-checking and proofreading
- Development of high-impact communications materials
- Proven research and writing skills
- Familiarity with human development concepts
- Team-work orientation and cultural sensitivity
- Enthusiasm and commitment to learning
- Knowledge of UNDP’s vision, mission, and values
Required Skills and Experience
- Currently enrolled in a Master’s or Ph.D. Program
- Previous experience in research, policy development, or communication for development
- Familiarity with the Human Development concept is an asset
- Experience with Excel, Stata, R, and Python is an asset
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; competency in other UN languages is an asset
- Interns may receive a stipend according to the UNDP Internship Policy
- Full-time work is expected, with flexibility for education programs
- Interns are responsible for medical insurance, visas, and travel arrangements
- The internship does not lead to further employment with UNDP
- Interns will be evaluated at the end of the contract
- Interns must provide their own laptop
How to Apply
Please take note that the deadline for applications is December 27, 2023. We encourage you to act quickly and submit your applications as soon as possible to avoid any last-minute rush. As a reminder, all applications are done online via the link provided below.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusivity, and we encourage individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups, and persons with disabilities to apply. We are committed to treating all applications with strict confidentiality, and all applicants will be considered for the position based on their qualifications and experience. If you’re ready to apply, please follow the link provided and fill out the application form thoroughly. We wish you the best of luck in your application process!
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