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Artificial Intelligence support Intern, Accelerator Lab


  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Kigali
  • Grade: Internship - Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: Closed



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Rwanda Accelerator lab is part of the global UNDP Accelerator Labs network composed of 91 lab teams/locations serving 115 countries. The Accelerator labs are the world’s largest and fastest learning network on wicked development challenges of the 21st century. It is UNDP’s new way of working introduced in 2019 through a partnership with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany, the Qatar Fund for Development as founding investors as well as support from Italy and UNDP Core donors.

The Accelerator Lab is part of UNDP’s drive to be an incubator for the future, accelerate progress and close the gap between the current practices of international development in an accelerated pace of change.

Project Title: Empowering Development through AI at UNDP Accelerator Lab Rwanda

Project Background:

The UNDP Accelerator Lab in Rwanda is a pioneering initiative tackling development challenges through rapid experimentation and innovative solutions. One focus area is Artificial Intelligence (AI), recognizing its potential to revolutionize various sectors and contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Duties and Responsibilities

The intern position will support the Accelerator Lab team in identifying, exploring, and evaluating potential applications of AI for development challenges in Rwanda.

  Duties and responsibilities % Of time

Under the guidance of the team and direct supervision by the Head of exploration and Acclab Team, the Intern will give support to the ongoing initiatives/projects and in delivering tasks such as but not limited to programmatic, operational, and administrative work.

The Intern will be expected to support in the working out loud and communicating the Accelerator lab initiatives through blogs, reports, social media and  across multiple platforms.

  • Conduct background research and support the production of case studies and other communication material about innovative  solutions featured by the Accelerator Lab and office    for publication in external channels.
  • Conduct research and analysis on the latest AI trends and their potential applications in the Rwandan context.
  • Support the identification of specific development challenges where AI could offer promising solutions.
  • Assist in the design and planning of pilot experiments or feasibility studies for selected AI applications.
  • Conduct data analysis and visualization to support project activities.
  • Contribute to the development of communication materials and reports related to AI initiatives.
  • Participate in workshops, meetings, and discussions related to AI and development.
  • Assist the team in building partnerships with AI experts, research institutions, and relevant stakeholders.
  • Stay updated on the evolving ethical considerations surrounding AI development and deployment.
  • Support the production of communication materials such as blogs, and social media stories to highlight the achievements and activities of the lab.
  • Work alongside the communication unit on visual designs, video productions and external agencies on the lab activities.
  • Support the solution mapping and sense making and exploration exercises on field and capture live stories from the innovators.
  • Support other strategic activities for the Accelerator Labs as seen relevant and needed.


  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to conduct research and analyze data effectively.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.
  • Proficient in using technology tools for data analysis and visualization.
  • Enthusiasm for technology and its potential to address development challenges.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Cultural sensitivity and adaptability to a diverse work environment.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently.
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills.
  • Good knowledge of online platforms, and social media outlets including online tools.
  • Ability to multi-task and address competing priorities of the lab activities.
Required Skills and Experience

  • Enrolled in a bachelor’s degree in computer science, data science, engineering, or enrolled in a master’s degree; or have graduated no longer than 1 year ago from a master’s degree or equivalent studies.

Language skills:

  • English or French  and  local language 
  • Knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.


  • UNDP will provide a stipend amount monthly in accordance with the provisions of the UNDP Internship Policy. All expenses connected with the internship (except costs associated with site visits outside of duty station, as described above) will be borne by the Intern or her/his sponsoring entity.
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship.
  • Interns are responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed.
  • Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of the internship.
  • Interns must provide proof of enrolment in health insurance plan.
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.
  • Interns are expected to work full time, but flexibility is allowed for education programmes.
  • Interns need to obtain financing for subsistence and make own arrangements for internship, travel, VISA, accommodation, etc.


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UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.
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Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.  

UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status. 
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