Unpaid Internship – Data Science Intern, Home based, Remote At ITU – International Telecommunication Union

Closing date: Sunday, 18 June 2023


ITU is the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technologies, with the mission to connect the world. To achieve this, ITU manages the radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits at the international level, works to improve communication infrastructure in the developing world, and establishes global standards that foster seamless interconnection of a vast range of communication systems.

Unpaid Internship – Data Science Intern

Vacancy notice no: 1184 Sector: TSB Department: OPD Country of contract: Remote Duty station: Home Based

Position number: [[positionNumber]] Grade: [[PositionGrade]] Type of contract: Internship Duration of contract: July to December 2023 (6 months) Recruitment open to: External Application deadline (Midnight Geneva Time): 19 June 2023


The Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB) fulfills the objectives of the Union relating to telecommunication standardization, by providing secretariat support to groups studying technical, operating and tariff questions and facilitating the adoption of Recommendations in these areas with a view to standardizing telecommunications and information technology on a global basis. In order to achieve these objectives, the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau works in accordance with the instructions of the World Telecommunication Standardization Assemblies (WTSA), Telecommunication Standardization Study Groups and the Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group. TSB, headed by an elected Director, provides the technical, administrative and logistic support for the assemblies and for the meetings of the groups mentioned.

The Operations and Planning Department (OPD), is responsible for coordinating and planning support for the activities of the Telecommunication Standardization Sector. It does this through managing the Bureau’s activities for organization and planning of assemblies and logistical support to meetings. The Department oversees document processing and provides IT services and solutions for electronic working methods and the development of ITU-T databases. The Department also provides administrative and secretarial support for intellectual property matters and manages the technical editing and final production of ITU-T recommendations and publications as well as ISO/IEC common texts. The Department collaborates closely with the Departments of the General Secretariat and the Bureaux which are responsible for providing support services.


The Data Science Intern will aid the International Telecommunication Union, Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) in enhancing their data-driven decision-making processes and progress towards the objectives of the Department.

The area of data analysis and prediction will include but not limit to, KPIs of the department, editing/publishing, standards approval process, meeting and event planning, remote participation analysis & EWM usage statistics (WTSA Res. 32, 44), IT operational support requests & timeline (WTSA Res. 32), SG meeting participation and interest trends (WTSA Res. 2 & 68), Works & collaboration being conducted by other Standards Developing Organizations (WTSA Res 7).

The results of these analysis and predictions will help to get insights, plan better and improve the services provided by ITU-T in various areas.


Under the supervision of the Head of IT Support and Operations Unit and a staff member from IT Applications Development team of OPD, the intern will:

  •  Conduct data analysis and produce data-driven insights to support ITU-T’s standardization activities.
  •  Work with ITU-T’s technical teams to identify and collect relevant data sets.
  •  Develop statistical models and algorithms to analyze data sets.
  •  Develop data visualizations and dashboards to effectively communicate insights to stakeholders.
  •  Assist in the implementation of machine learning models to improve ITU-T’s standardization processes.
  •  Conduct literature reviews and provide recommendations on new data science tools and techniques that can improve ITU-T’s data analysis capabilities.
  •  Assist in the preparation of reports and presentations on data analysis results.


  •  Strong analytical skills and proficiency in data analysis tools such as Python or R.
  •  Knowledge of machine learning algorithms and statistical modelling techniques.
  •  Experience with data visualization tools such as PowerBI or any open source tools.
  •  Strong communication skills and ability to effectively communicate complex data insights to technical and non-technical stakeholders.
  •  Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment.
  •  Knowledge in cloud services and open-source tools is an added advantage.


Education: University degree, Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Data Science, Computer Science, Statistics, or a related field.

Experience: No work experience is required.

Languages: Advanced level of English.


Please note that a non-remunerated Internship position at ITU does not carry the same conditions of employment as a Short-term or a Fixed-term position. Mandatory Medical Insurance, travel expenses, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of the interns or sponsoring institutions.

This internship will be conducted remotely.


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the ITU Careers website. The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. ITU uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates. Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided. Messages originating from a non ITU e-mail account – @itu.int – should be disregarded. ITU does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

ITU applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. ITU is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization. Achieving gender balance is a high priority for ITU.


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