The IPC-IG Internship Programme offers a selected group of outstanding graduate-level students the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to IPC-IG's work as a global forum for policy dialogue and South-South learning on development innovations. It is designed to provide support to IPC-IG’s applied research and policy advisory services and to complement the interns’ practical experience in various issues related to South-South Cooperation, international development and inclusive growth. The Programme operates under the rules and regulations of the UNDP Internship Policy.
In 2011, IPC-IG will host interns on a continuous basis according to the following Internship Areas:
o Area 1: Support to the Communications, Outreach and Advocacy Unit: media engagement; networking and partnership building; awareness raising events; advocacy campaigns; multimedia development; web planning and implementation; blog campaigns and new social media tools; communications planning and management.
o Area 2: Research Assistance – Social Protection and Cash Transfers: social programmes in comparative perspective; cash transfer programmes in Latin America and Africa; impact evaluation; social policy design and implementation.
o Area 3: Research Assistance – Rural and Sustainable Development: programmes to support smallholder farmers; gender and climate change; mitigation and adapation to climate change; poverty and environment; productive inclusion and food distribution; interconnections between cash transfer programmes and food and nutrition security; Small Island Development States (SIDS).
o Area 4: Research Assistance – Inclusive Growth: macroeconomic policies; innovative development policies and programmes in the South; international development paradigms; South-South cooperation for international development; emerging economies and mini and plurilateral groupings (IBSA, BRICS, G-20).
o Area 5 – Research Assistance – Development Innovations: eco-innovation and green jobs; health innovations and access to essential medicines; social policy innovation, employment programmes and provision of essential services.
Area 5a – Research Assistance – The legacy of large sporting events for developing nations: social, environmental and economic impact of hosting large sporting events, such as the FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games.
Interns can also be assigned to work on more than one area; their time can be shared between two teams.
Interns’ recommend academic experience according to the selected internship area:
o Area 1: Journalism, Communications, Marketing, Knowledge Management, International Relations, Political Science, Public Relations and related areas
o Area 2: Economics, Development Issues, Sociology, Public and Social Policy and related areas
o Area 3: Economics, Rural Economy, Sociology, Agronomy, Nutrition, Sustainable Development, Development Policy and related areas
o Area 4: Economics (focus on Macroeconomics), International Relations, Political Science and related areas
o Area 5: Economics, International Development, Public Health, Sociology, Sustainable Development, Public and Social Policy and related areas
Interns are selected on a competitive basis. The following minimum qualifications are required:
Enrollment in a graduate-level degree programme in a recognized university or research centre.
Demonstrated interest in the field of development and relevant research experience and publications record.
Language skills: Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Proficiency in Portuguese and another working language used by UNDP (Spanish or French) is a differential. Fluency in Chinese or Arabic is also an asset.