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Geospatial Science Internship

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Organization: UNDP – United Nations Development Programme

Location: Remote | Home Based – May require travel (Home Based)

Grade: Internship

Occupational Groups:

Scientist and Researcher

Meteorology, Geology and Geography

Closing Date: 2022-02-22


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Information Technology Management office (ITM) in New York is responsible for supporting UNDP Country Offices around the world with Information Technology (IT) solutions. We seek to promote the use of the latest technological advances and solutions across UNDP to further our global impact on the development efforts of the international community. Geographic Information Systems (GIS software) is a cutting-edge tool that can be applied to an array of our global projects related to the environment, energy, and poverty. The ITM GIS Team was formed to promote GIS solutions and expand its use in the planning and implementation of all relevant projects in our country offices and regional bureaux.

Our Unit offers a stimulating and versatile internship in an international environment with contact to various partners from some 166 countries with UNDP presence. We are a team who work in a dynamic and informal atmosphere, and we expect our interns to become vital members of the team. The UNDP/ITM Geospatial Sciences Internship programme enhances the academic life experience of passionate students as interns and empowers them to become socially responsible, innovative, and environmentally conscious leaders of tomorrow. As an intern, you will also gain worldwide connections with other top-talented interns and UN staff from other agencies and be given tasks and opportunities that have a direct global impact on international development efforts.



Assist the GIS Team in their daily work: image processing, data analysis, and others;

Develop a web-based interface to reflect the team’s portfolio utilizing ArcGIS Hub;

Explore new ArcGIS Products and capabilities;

Use ESRI GIS products to communicate results including dashboards, storymaps, etc.;

Contribute to quality focused training material, procedures, instructions and templates from best practices;

Activating and engaging our community of practice and raise awareness of GIS capabilities in regards to UNDP mandate;

Assist in hosting webinars and in presenting/explaining GIS or data science solutions to country offices, regional bureaux, local stakeholders.


Geospatial Information System (GIS): has experience working with ESRI GIS products especially the Hub, dashboard, Survey 123, Story Maps, Map View and others;

Geospatial data: has experience working with GIS data including vector and raster datasets, geo-tagged data, remote sensing data products including satellite imagery;

Communication: communicates effectively when working in teams and have a proactive attitude with a goal-oriented mind-set;

International Development: knowledge of UNDP global efforts and an enthusiasm for working in an international organization;

Collaboration: displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability and Interest and motivation in working in an international organization.



You are currently in the final year of your bachelor’s degree; or you are currently enrolled in a Master’s degree; or you have graduated no longer than 1 year ago from a master’s degree or you are enrolled in postgraduate professional traineeship programme;

Preferred educational background in the field of computer science, data science, mathematics, engineering, geography, or equivalent.


Knowledge in ArcGIS various products such as Survey 123, Dashboard, Map View, the Hub is required;

Knowledge in at least two of the following fields is required: machine learning, mathematical modelling, geospatial analysis, satellite data processing;

Knowledge in ArcGIS Online/ Enterprise platforms, Microsoft Azure is an advantage;

ArcGIS Desktop is an advantage;

Knowledge in developing API scripts and scripting languages is an advantage;

Experience with gathering, consolidating and analysing data from databases and reports is an advantage.


Fluency in written and spoken English is required;

Working Knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.


In accordance with the UNDP Internship policy, UNDP interns are eligible to receive a monthly stipend, with the rate that varies depending on the duty location. The stipend will be paid monthly, and part-time internship arrangements are prorated accordingly.

Where an intern is financially supported by an institution, government or third party, UNDP will, subject to the rules of such institution, government or a third party, pay the intern the difference, if any, between the external financial support provided and the applicable UNDP stipend.

Except for the stipend, all other expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring government or institutions.

Interns are not considered staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity;

Interns are responsible for securing adequate medical insurance for the duration of their internship with UNDP and must provide a medical certificate of good health prior to starting the internship. UNDP will not reimburse the medical insurance of the intern. Any costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship assignment will be the responsibility of the intern.

The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNDP, but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.

UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;

The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed, when internship is office-based;

Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of the internship;

The intern must provide proof of enrolment in health insurance plan;

Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity;

You are expected to work full time, but flexibility is allowed for your education programme;

The intern will have to make his/her own arrangements for internship, travel, VISA, accommodation etc.

How to apply:

Please group all your documents into one single PDF document as the system only allows to upload a maximum of one document.

In your application, please add your CV, letter of motivation, letter from the candidate’s university confirming current enrollment or graduation diploma, school transcript.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization’s page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.

Website: https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=104620

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