Research and Innovation Internship

United Nations Development Programme

Istanbul, Turkey

The Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD) offers a selected group of outstanding graduate-level students the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to IICPSD's work as a center of excellence for private sector in development. The internship is designed to support IICPSD’s applied research and policy advisory services and to complement the interns’ practical experience in various issues related to private sector engagement, skills generation, private sector resilience, impact investing and other topics of international development. The Programme operates under the rules and regulations of the UNDP Internship Policy.

UNDP IICPSD leads UNDP’s private sector strategy, mobilizing the private sector to engage in development. IICPSD convenes stakeholders from public and private industry as well as foundations to facilitate knowledge sharing and partnerships, catalyzes private sector actors for developing products and initiatives for SDG implementation and provides support to raise capital through innovative financing models such as blended finance. 

With the goal of leaving no one behind and building the resilience of a wider category of businesses in disaster-prone, climate vulnerable, conflict-affected, crisis-stricken and fragile countries, states, cities and communities, IICPSD will complement the work of the UNDP-OCHA Connecting Business Initiative and other global initiatives working with business networks through service offers aimed at engaging, supporting and capacitating various other types of private sector actors (e.g, MSMEs) at multiple levels of engagement and building the resilience of their strategic areas of concentration. These offers will be provided by the IICPSD resilience team which will focus its work on thematic areas such as risk-informed development, disaster early warning and preparedness, and resilient recovery.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide quantitative analysis and data management support;
  • Provide writing and editing support on issues related to private sector resilience;
  • Support the organization of online and in-person meetings;
  • Contribute to designing and implementation of initiatives, projects or programmes;
  • Provide administrative support on an as-needed basis;
  • Prepare relevant communications materials (speeches, brochures, success stories, social media materials etc.);
  • Assist in the management of social media and web-based platforms and collaborate in the development and execution of online content (webinars, images, infographics, videos, blogs etc.) and campaigns delivered across various social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.
  • Other relevant tasks as deemed necessary by the supervisor.

Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications:

  • Applicants must at the time of application meet at least one of the following requirements:
  • Be enrolled in a second university degree programme (Master Degree);
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (Bachelor Degree);
  • Have graduated with a university degree in in fields such as economics, data science, finance, business, development, international relations, law, public administration or similar at least one year ago
  • Required experience:   
  • Solid experience in academic writing, research and analysis;
  • Experience with data analysis or statistical software: excel, SPSS and similar platforms;
  • Experience in managing social media and web-based platforms;
  • Experience with sustainable development, fragile and conflict-affected situations, climate and disaster risk reduction is desirable;
  • Demonstrated knowledge in the work of the UN, and of UNDP in particular, and have a personal commitment to UNDP's Statement of Purpose and to the ideals of the UN Charter;
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs;
  • Previous experience on project designing and implementation, especially in innovation, is an asset.


  • Excellent written and oral English skills a necessary requirement.