The Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD) offers a selected group of outstanding graduate-level students the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to IICPSD's work as a center of excellence for private sector in development. The internship is designed to support outreach of IICPSD’s applied research and policy advisory services and to complement the interns’ practical experience in communications-related activities in private sector engagement, skills generation, impact investing and other topics of international development. The Programme operates under the rules and regulations of the UNDP Internship Policy.


UNDP IICPSD leads UNDP’s private sector strategy, mobilizing the private sector to engage in development. IICPSD convenes stakeholders from public and private industry as well as foundations to facilitate knowledge sharing and partnerships, catalyzes private sector actors for developing products and initiatives for SDG implementation and provides support to raise capital through innovative financing models such as blended finance. 


IICPSD’s impact investing portfolio aims to position impact investing as a leading enabler of SDG financing especially in least developed and developing contexts. To this end, the Center conducts research and technical assistance services on both conventional and faith-based impact investing to showcase the potential of specific markets for the growing impact investing momentum.


We are looking for a communications intern who will provide technical expertise to boost the visibility of IICPSD’s impact investing portfolio in associated platforms and provide analytics reports to assess our online and digital performance. In addition, the intern will be tasked with supporting our website, social media presence and additional media and graphic design tasks, where needed.

Duties and Responsibilities

The main duties that the intern will be expected to carry out are:

  • Support the development and implementation of  communications strategy for the impact investing portfolio;
  • Support content development for stories, talking points, press releases and/or social media posts;
  • Support the creation and uploading of content for the related online platforms;
  • Support in preparing presentations, decks, pitches, toolkits and process documents;
  • Assist the communications team in the curation and coordination of key events and communication opportunities, such as major regional conferences, inter-agency workshops, discussions and report launches;
  • Research and monitor relevant websites and social media channels as needed to feed content into the work of the communications team;
  • Build communication materials for events and help spread awareness through relevant channels;
  • Social media, especially LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter, and social networking.


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Strong Powerpoint, Word and Excel skills
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to multi-task
  • Basic understanding of usability, optimizing content for the web and search
  • Strong interpersonal skills, communication and diplomatic skills, ability to work in a team
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback
  • Ability to work under pressure and stressful situations
  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others
  • Strong analytical, reporting and writing abilities

Required Skills and Experience

Required Skills and Experience:



Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements: a) be enrolled in a second university degree programme (Master Degree); b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (Bachelor Degree); or c) have graduated with a university degree in in fields such as economics, finance, business, development, international relations, law, public administration or similar and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.


  • Experience in website management, content creation, digital communications is preferred.
  • Experience with web-based applications, basics of HTML, as well as video and photo editing and design software is preferred.
  • Experience working with social media – especially Instagram and Twitter - and good understanding of web metrics and experience producing analytics reports is preferred.
  • Relevant experience in similar positions, public relations, communications or journalism would be an asset.


  • Strong spoken and written English is required;
  • Knowledge of another UN language is an asset.

Financial Issues

Interns will be given a stipend according to the UNDP Internship Policies, if they are not financially supported by any institution or programme, such as a university, government, foundation or scholarship programme.

The monthly amount of the stipend will be determined for each duty station based on the stipend rates published yearly by the OHR Policy and Compensation Unit. The stipend will be paid on a monthly basis and part-time internship arrangements are prorated accordingly.

Application Procedure

The application should contain:

  • Brief Cover Letter (in English) stating interest in and qualifications for the post;
  • Current and complete CV in English. Please include any personal or professional social media (Twitter, Facebook (if public), Instagram, etc. accounts you manage).
  • Please group all your documents into one single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.

Candidates who are selected must submit the following documents:

  • Official document(s) confirming your education status;
  • Proof of medical and life/accident insurance valid for the location in which the internship will be carried out. Selected intern must have medical and life insurance.

UNDP only accepts interns for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 6 months.

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

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

It is important to note that interns are responsible to arrange for their own visa and residence documents, and need to plan for these well in advance.

Subsequent Employment

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.
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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.