Data Science Research Intern Opportunity at UNDP- The internship will be 100% home-based

Data Science Research Intern Opportunity at UNDP- Remote

Note that the internship will be 100% home-based and no travel to the office premises in Istanbul is required.

Data Science Research Intern Opportunity at UNDP- Remote

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

Duties and Responsibilities

The Data Science Research Intern will work under the direct supervision and guidance of the technical specialist. The intern will perform the following functions:

  • Participate in the developing machine-learning research;
  • Apply advanced Natural Language Processing techniques to build, maintain, and improve on analytics, organize large datasets to get actionable insights from them;
  • Help communicating findings accurately to different stakeholders;
  • Support the implementation of Data Science projects;
  • Collaborate with private and public organizations to get access to their databases;
  • Outreach to organizations as well as academic institutions that apply data science to policymaking
  • Provide other support and assistance as required

Note that the internship will be 100% home-based and no travel to the office premises in Istanbul is required.


  • Strong programming skills, experience with common data science toolkits, and proficiency in Python is strongly required, proficiency in other data science related software packages is an asset;
  • Excellent data preparation, processing, modelling and visualization skills;
  • Good understanding of machine learning techniques and algorithms (especially in NLP);
  • Experience of deploying models in production is a plus;
  • Working knowledge of current Natural Language Processing approaches is a strong plus.
  • Good understanding of neural networks, preferably experience with Keras, Tensorflow or PyTorch;
  • Experience of big data technology and cloud computing platforms is a plus;
  • Good applied statistics skills, such as distributions, statistical testing, regression analysis;
  • Good knowledge in presenting data science results effectively.
  • Interest in International Development and application of technologies for the common good;
  • Excellent ability to write and communicate with accuracy and professionalism;
  • Ability to manage workload with minimum supervision and collaborate with a wide range of colleagues while meeting deadlines;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: being able to listen and collaborate with a wide range of players, being able to work independently, being pro-active and taking initiative;
  • Be able to work both independently and as part of a team.

Required Skills and Experience

Applicants must at the time of application meet 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 programme (Bachelor Degree)
  • 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.


  • Fluent in English with excellent reading and writing skills

DEADLINE: 17 September 2023

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