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United Nations Policy Center – 2011 Internship Programme in Brazil

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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 ondevelopment 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.



IPC-IG is located at the heart of Brasília, capital city of Brazil. IPC-IG office is hosted by the Presidency of the Republic’s Strategic Affairs Secretariat(SAE). We are offering year-round Internship opportunities.


About us

The UNDP International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) is a global forum for policy dialogue and South-South learning on development innovations. Since its establishment in Brasilia in 2004 as a result of a partnership with the Government of Brazil, IPC-IG has been consolidating its position as the leading voice on inclusive growth for and in the developing world. Our work aims at equipping policymakers from the South with the skills necessary to design, implement and evaluate policies and programmes towards the attainment of high inclusive growth. We believe that the emerging and new actors in the global scene, such as IndiaBrazilSouth Africa and China, have a lot to share in terms of innovative social policieswith other countries and that this exchange of ideas and best practices can contribute to the promotion of development at global level. We believe in thelearning potential among countries in the South for the design, implementation and evaluation of effective policies towards inclusive growth.


Find out more about:

• Internship areas
• Required background
• Length
• Qualifications,  competencies
• A programme with internation reputation, interviews with former interns
• Apply now!


Internship Areas

In 2011, IPC-IG will host interns on a continuous basis according to the following Internship Areas:

    • 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; international cooperation.
    • 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.
    • 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. In 2011, a specific focus would be added on the unique policy needs/challenges of Small Island Developing States.
    • 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).
    • 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 – Development Innovations:  legacy of large sporting events for developing nations. Understanding the social, environmental and economic impact of hosting large sporting events, such as the FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games, with a focus on long-term social inclusion and employment generation.

Interns can also be assigned to work on more than one area; their time can be shared between two teams.


Required Background

Interns’ recommend academic experience according to the selected internship area:

    • Area 1: Journalism, Communications, Marketing, Knowledge Management, International Relations, Political Science, Public Relations and related areas
    • Area 2: Economics, Development Issues, Sociology, Public and Social Policy and related areas
    • Area 3: Economics, Rural Economy, Sociology, Agronomy, Nutrition, Sustainable Development, Development Policy  and related areas. Experience with the policy issues facing Small Island Developing States (SIDS) would be an asset.
    • Area 4: Economics (focus on Macroeconomics), International Relations, Political Science and related areas
    • Area 5: Economics, International Development, Public Health,  Sustainable Development,  Public and Social Policy and related areas



Internship assignments vary in length according to the availability and academic requirements of the intern, as well as the needs of IPC-IG. Assignments are available only on a full-time basis (40 hours per week) following the indicative schedule given below:

  • Option 1 – From February through April
  • Option 2 – From April through June
  • Option 3 – From June through August
  • Option 4 – From August through November
  • Option 5 – From September through December



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.



  • Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills; ability to work in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic environment with full respect for diversity. Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensibility and adaptability. Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective work relationships with other UN Programmes, Funds and Agencies.
  • Professionalism: Ability to manage processes, maintain accurate records, interpret/analyze a wide variety of data, and identify/resolve data discrepancies and activity problems.
  • Planning and Organising: Demonstrated effective organizational skills and ability to handle work in an efficient and timely manner.
  • Commitment to continuous learning: Initiative and willingness to keep abreast of new trends in international development.
  • Technological Awareness: Proficiency in various MS Office applications and other IT applications. Proficiency in STATA software is an asset.
  • Communication: Ability to write in a clear and concise manner and to communicate effectively orally.


A programme with international reputation

Students from 27 countries have already participated in our Internship Programme, representing the most renowned universities in the world, such as:  Columbia University (USA), Harvard University (USA), University of Cambrigde (UK), Oxford University (UK), London School of Economics (UK), University of California (USA), Sorbonne University (France), University of Geneva (Switzerland), University of Berlin (Germany), University of Stockholm (Sweden), University of Lund (Sweden), University of Brasilia (Brazil), University of São Paulo (Brazil), State University of Campinas (Brazil), Sciences Po (France),  University of Vienna (Austria), University of Cape Town (South Africa), Yale University (USA), University of Manchester (UK), University of New Delhi (India), and University of Sydney (Australia).


Apply now!

Applicants must submit the following required documents by e-mail:

  • Updated CV/résumé
  • Complete and sign the form “Application for IPC Internship Programme”, which is available online at: http://www.ipc-undp.org/pressroom/files/ipc471.doc
  • A letter of endorsement from a senior faculty member who has directly supervised the student in the recent past and who is fully acquainted with the student’s performance
  • Copy of Passport’s Identification Page

Applicants must send the documents above specified to francisco.filho@ipc-undp.org quoting in the subject “IPC-IG Internship Programme”.

The selection process will consist of interviews and a written test.


Deadlines for application

Interns are encouraged to apply well in advance to secure a place in the Internship Programme.


Financial Issues

Internships at the United Nations, its Programmes, Funds and Agencies and not remunerated.  The costs 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 own arrangements for travel, visa, accommodation, insurance etc.


Further information


Focal Point

Mr. Francisco Filho, Communications Officer

E-mail: francisco.filho@ipc-undp.org or francisco.filho@undp.org

Telephone number: + 55 61 21055036

This post is also available in: SpanishPortuguese (Brazil)



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