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Work with us! Support our efforts in promoting inclusive growth in the South.

The UNDP International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (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.

Venue

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 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 India, Brazil, South Africa and China, have a lot to share in terms of innovative social policies with other countries and that this exchange of ideas and best practices can contribute to the promotion of development at global level. We believe in the learning 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
• Apply now!!

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).

 

Hear first hand experiences of life as an IPC-IG intern:

Gaia Paradiso, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy

Photo: Elio Rizzo Jr./Correio Braziliense

Photo: Elio Rizzo Jr./Correio Braziliense

Where are you from?

Piacenza, Italy.

How old are you?

Turned 25 years old in Brasilia, on September 25th.

Why did you choose the IPC-IG internship programme?

I was working at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore-Piacenza & Milan, in the International Relations office as a cross-cultural communications officer, and I loved it. However, my dream was to work in an international organization whose aim was to promote social causes, like human rights, poverty eradication, women empowerment and food security. Since my Master’s thesis was on the global interconnectedness among public & private sectors and International Organizations in the fight against poverty, I was browsing through the UNDP jobs website and I found this amazing opportunity, I applied and I got accepted!

Which unit are you working in?

I am working in the Communications, Outreach and Advocacy Unit.

What projects are you working on?

We have been working on a different portfolio of projects, including the recent international seminar on social policies planning the event and following all the steps to make it happen (logistics, communications, outreach, journalistic contacts, and follow-ups). On a day-to-day basis, my communications officer & I deal with social media management, advocacy, press releases, translations, seminars planning, UN agencies communications coordination of activities, reports and photo management. It is enriching and inspiring every day!

How is the office environment at IPC-IG?

The office is located in Esplanada dos Ministerios, the heart of the Government Administration in Brasilia. The IPC-IG staff is composed of researchers, publications officer, communications officer, operations manager and research/projects coordinators and supervisors. They are all giving me great insights and motivate me to research and do better every day. They also enable and encourage me to use creativity and flexibility to contribute in the work of IPC-IG as a world well-known knowledge hub on topics of social inclusion and social protection, poverty eradication, green growth, job creation, women empowerment and food sustainability, and on the other hand, to build my professional career path.

What is life like in Brasilia?

Brasilia is a pretty new city, inaugurated in the sixties; therefore the modern architecture is also reflected in the local life style. Coming from Italy was a culture shock at first because there are no such piazzas or historical centre all in one place. Brasilia can be seen as very detailed and organized in “quadras” (sectors) and can be found quite hard at first to move around. However, once you get used to buses, times and a rich cultural and lively city life (free exhibitions, theatre, art galleries, concerts and city events related to sustainability and music) and a high variety of bars and parks to spend your weekends (samba and choro) you can have the time of your life!

Would you recommend the internship programme to others?

I would definitely recommend this internship to other fellows whose desire is to change the world by connecting people. By finding ways to initiate the talkings and planning events, by raising awareness of issues on social networks and by meeting people, IPC-IG’s incredible and concrete contributions in fostering policy dialogue for inclusive growth in emerging countries is key to moving the world forward and to make the change happen.  Muito obrigada IPC!

 

Natasha Chhabra – London School of Economics,UK

Where are you from?
India.

How old are you?
22.

Why did you choose the IPC-IG internship programme? 

 

Having studied International Development for my Master’s degree, social policy and social protection in particular with a focus on poverty reduction are my main areas of interest. IPC-IG produces some of the best research in this area. The opportunity to interact with experts, learn and be able to understand social protection programmes better by working and living in the heart of Brazil were the main reasons why i chose the internship programme.

Which unit are you working in?

Social Protection and Cash Transfers Unit.

What projects are you working on?

With the help of the intellectual stimulation and guidance provided at the IPC, I have been working on a couple of research papers, one of which is an explorative debate on the introduction of cash transfers in India. I have had the opportunity to meet experts from India like Biraj Patnaik and Reetika Khera who visited the IPC and gave excellent presentations in relation to these issues. This along with lively discussions with the experts here in relation to issues of implementation of Cash Transfer programmes and the amazing opportunity to meet the beneficiaries of the Bolsa Familia have given me different perspectives on the issue of Cash Transfers and Social protection programmes. I have also had the opportunity to present the Kerala Model of Development which is a unique case of ‘social development’ first and has important lessons for the developing world. There have also been a number of presentations which I have actively attended and greatly benefited from in enriching my understanding of various issues ranging from Food security in Brazil to the healthcare system and issues of the relationship of demography and its impact on economic development.

How is the office environment at IPC-IG?

IPC-IG is very encouraging and a great place to work in. The environment enables lively dialogue and discussions. There is a lot of sharing in terms of experiences from different cultures due to the fact that the interns are from all over the world. Weekends and happy hours organized to include everyone are the best times to relax.

What is life like in Brasilia?

Brasilia is a good city to live in. It is a very different experience to be able to live in a planned city like Brasilia. Everything here is very well organised and it’s very easy to get around once you understand the logic of the numbers and the alphabets. The city is much easier to explore with one’s own car but the public transport system is quite good. Brasilia is a very safe city to live in which enables you to enjoy the night life here. The city also has spots where one can relax like the lakeside view. It is also a great place to meet Brazilians from all over Brazil. The people are the highlight of Brasilia with their friendly nature and willingness to help!

Would you recommend the internship programme to others?

Yes !

 

Sofia Sunden-The University of Edinburgh,UK

Where are you from?

Sweden. However, I studied my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Scotland, UK.

How old are you?

30.

Why did you choose the IPC-IG internship programme?

I am very interested in international politics and development, and I was looking for an internship which would enable me to work with the combination of the two. In addition to that I have a strong interest in Brazil and previously spent 8 months volunteering for two NGO’s in Rio de Janeiro. I was delighted to start working for IPC which enabled me to return to Brazil and to work within the field of my interest.  

Which unit are you working in?

The Inclusive Growth Unit.

What projects have you been working on?

I have worked on a number of interesting projects since my start here at IPC. I have done research for a report on IMF’s Article IV reviews and worked on a One Pager publication on Fiscal Space in Arab countries. Currently, I am preparing a presentation about the impacts on developing countries while hosting mega sports events, in regards to social and economical impacts in the society.I really enjoy working in IPC. We have had a number of guests here presenting their work which enables you to learn about a broad range of topics. Brasilia is the heart of political activity in Brazil and I have also been able to attend seminars and conferences organized by other political organizations including the EU delegation in Brasilia, UN Women and IPEA (National Institute of Applied Economic Research).

How is the office environment at IPC-IG?

It is a great environment to be working in with colleagues and other interns from many different parts of the world. It is very stimulating and I really enjoy the guests who visit IPC,here on a regular basis presenting their work. It is also very sociable since staff and interns organize social activities together nearly every weekend.

What is life like in Brasilia?

I really enjoy living in Brasilia. For a keen capoeira-practitioner like myself, Brasilia is great! However, I believe that you do not have to be a “capoeirista” to appreciate this city – it has some amazing architecture, many parks and a good night life with lots of bars, restaurants and clubs. The design of Brasilia is somewhat peculiar, but I am really enjoying the experience of living in a planned city. I like that there is a great mix in Brasilia of lots of international people as well as Brazilians from all different parts of the country.

Would you recommend the internship programme to others?

Absolutely! It is a privilege to work here in this very stimulating and international environment.

 

Pablo Burkolter -University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Where are you from?

I’m from Mexico/Switzerland.

How old are you?

26.

Why did you choose the IPC-IG internship programme?

IPC-IG as a UNDP research center was a perfect opportunity for me to learn more about policies and development practices in the global South to promote poverty reduction, equality and sustainability. Also, working for the UNDP can open doors to good job opportunities at the national and international level.

Which unit are you working in?

I’m working at the Rural and Sustainable Development Unit.

 What projects have you been working on ?  

I have been contributing to the preparation and elaboration of the Green Guide Project – a collaboration between IPC-IG and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Parliamentary Forum and funded by the CDKN – intended to develop a tool to promote the green economy in the SADC region that foster equitable and inclusive development. Most of my research has focused on the challenges to develop sustainably and more inclusive growth in the 15 countries that conform the SADC region, doing a cross-comparison on green growth strategies in emerging economies in their attempt to green their economies.

 How is the office environment at IPC-IG?

IPC-IG is a place of continuous learning, enriched by the numerous interactions with IPC-IG’s very international staff as well as with country experts and policy specialists coming to the weekly conferences organized by IPC-IG.

What is life like in Brasília?

Brasilia is a relatively new and small city, most known for its very planned, organized urbanization and its revolutionary architecture, which differs from any other city in Brazil. Most of Brazilians living in Brasilia, and “Brasilienses” (the people from Brasilia), come from all over the country, are highly-educated, and are proud of living in a city that has one of the highest quality of living in the country despite being very expensive. The local economy is based mainly on services, therefore, most people gather in the various shopping malls, restaurants, cafes and bars of the city. Unfortunately the city is missing the cultural richness that one can find in cities like Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro or Salvador, as well as the beautiful beaches along the Brazilian coast. However, Brasilia’s international airport facilitates a weekend getaway to explore any of Brazil’s famous Tourist attractions.

Would you recommend the internship programme to others?

Yes, definitely. It can be a great international experience for someone who wants to broaden their horizon, knowledge on development practice and academia, and looking forward to learn from different ways to deal with global issues across the South.

 

Charlotte Lazarus – Copenhagen Business School,Denmark

Where are you from?

I am of Indian origin, born in South Africa and spent the last 15 years in Denmark.

How old are you?

28.

Why did you choose the IPC-IG internship programme?

My Master’s thesis examined IBSA’s efforts in relation to Sustainable Development and Inclusive Growth. Having never visited Brazil, a driving force of IBSA, being fascinated by Brazil’s social policies, especially Bolsa Familia including my interest in wanting to learn more about South-South Cooperation, prompted me to apply for an internship at IPC.

What unit are you working in?

Communications, Outreach and Advocacy Unit.

What projects are you working on?

I’ve had the opportunity to help host a South African delegation on Social Cohesion Policies. Some of the activities included: writing press releases and attending various meetings with a number of partners and ministries in Brasilia such as Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA), the Federal SenateUNDP Brazil Country Officethe Ministry of Agrarian Development, the Ministry of Culture, Fundação Cultural Palmares and the Municipality of Formosa, Goiás. This experience was very rewarding as I got to learn about all areas concerning Brazil’s social polices, including how and what it takes to organize such an elaborate study tour. This internship has also allowed me the freedom to write a series of articles concerning inclusive growth in the Global South. Further, I provided support to the Communications, Outreach and Advocacy Unit through media engagement; networking, partnership building, multimedia development and new social media tools .

How is the office environment at IPC-IG?

At IPC-IG you are surrounded by key experts on Inclusive Growth, Social Protection and Sustainable Development, which allows you to really learn a lot from their expertise and contribute with your own thoughts and ideas as well. It is a very international environment as such one is subject to a host of interesting and fun conversations. The IPC-IG staff is very friendly and inclusive as everyone often spends leisurely time together on the weekends, and brings food to share during the weekdays.

What is life like in Brasilia?

Brazil is a very calm and peaceful city. Public transportation functions well and the weather is pleasant. You can find plenty of nice bars and restaurants, which makes the weekends enjoyable. People from Brasilia are very helpful and willing to answer any question one might have concerning their beloved, but peculiar city. It takes a little time getting use to Brasilia, because it is a planned city and nothing like you’ve experienced before. But once you get use to the number system, Brasilia is a very nice place to live.

Would you recommend the internship programme to others?

Yes, certainly! I’ve gained priceless experience in the Communications, Outreach and Advocacy Unit, which I know will benefit me in my next job. I’ve also gained extensive knowledge on Inclusive Growth, Social Protection and Sustainable Development. Additionally, I have been given the opportunity to work and liaison with highly talented people and key experts in the field. Working at IPC has been truly rewarding. If you are proactive and passionate about communications, outreach and advocacy work in the field of Development, this is the ideal internship programme for you.

 

Benjamin Butler – London School of Economics,UK

Where are you from? 

I’m from the UK.

How old are you?

22.

Why did you choose the IPC-IG internship programme? 

In development both academic experience and knowledge and policy experience are mutually important. As an international think tank the IPC-IG offered me an opportunity to understand how knowledge is generated and operationalised into policy practice and development planning. This is not something academia alone can achieve. As such, having finished a Master’s Degree and with a keen interest in moving into policy the IPC-IG was viewed a valuable stepping stone to kick-start a successful career in development.

Which unit are you working in?

I am working for IPC’s Rural and Sustainable Development Team headed by Ms. Leisa Perch.  

What projects have you been working on?

With Leisa Perch as Principle Investigator and Pablo Burkolter, I am working on developing a ‘Green Guide’ which will position the twinned discussions on the green economy and climate change as an opportunity for both equitable and inclusive development that will bring win-win solutions for the environment, poverty reduction and equality. It seeks to strengthen policy makers’ understanding of the linkages between climate change and development and help them consider if and how pending policy decisions and proposals are and could be climate compatible, green and inclusive. A project brief titled ‘Going Green with Equity’ can be found on the IPC-IG’s website at: http://www.ipc-undp.org/pressroom/files/ipc671.pdf.  My role on the team has consisted mainly of policy research and analysis and looking at the various outcomes of the many development conferences held last year in the context of Rio+20. I have also had a taste of aiding with the writing of a policy paper. Furthermore, the IPC has offered me the opportunity to increase my project experience and continue working on the Green Guide at the SADC Parliamentary Forum in Windhoek, Namibia, when in mid-February 2012 the project is scheduled to move into its testing phase.   

How is the office environment at IPC-IG?

The IPC-IG is a very international, liberal and intellectually stimulating office environment. Being very open and friendly it encourages each and everyone to build networks, close ties and friendships with people from all over the world. 

What is life like in Brasilia?

Brasilia is calm and quite. Being a relatively new city built in the 1950s and home to the seat of Brazil’s government there is little to do in terms of attractions. It does, however, offer a variety of lake-side bars and restaurants and is driving distance to other cities such as Goiana which are fun for weekends away. It is also close – only one and a half hours flight  to both Rio and Sao Paulo, each of which are worth a visit for a long weekend.  

Would you recommend the internship programme to others? 

Students often complain of a ‘catch 22′ in development; the difficulty of getting a job due to a lack of experience and the difficulty of getting experience due to the lack of job offers. The IPC-IG offers an opportunity to overcome this and kick-start a career in development, opening doors with solid experience and good contacts behind you. An internship at IPC-IG is therefore something I would strongly recommend.

For further information on the Internship Programme please contact: ipc@ipc-undp.org

 

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