Artificial Intelligence and Digital Rights Intern

Artificial Intelligence and Digital Rights Intern 2
  • Intern/Fellow
  • New York, USA
  • Applications have closed

Website unglobalpulse UN Global Pulse

Deadline: 10 August 2020

Purpose and Scope of Assignment

Global Pulse is seeking an intern to assist with ongoing projects on the intersection between artificial intelligence and human rights. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to support of the following activities:

  • Assist with research and analysis of the impact of artificial intelligence in public policies around human rights and ethics (e.g. hate speech and discrimination) globally and with some specific focus on the Global South;
  • Provide support for the development of tools for recognizing and analyzing online discrimination and hate speech;
  • Provide input into and assist drafting policies and guidelines for big data and artificial intelligence for Global Pulse and/or across the UN, working with the UN human rights experts, privacy specialists, and the UN Global Pulse Expert Group on Governance of Data and AI;
  • Attend meetings and support brainstorming on the gaps and challenges that exist in AI and ethics with key UN agencies, and external expert stakeholders; including as part of the implementation of the recommendations of the High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation and the SG Roadmap and the interagency work on ethics of AI.
  • Assist with policy activities addressing ethics of AI and risks to human rights posed by AI and related to algorithmic bias and misuse of data;
  • Support in organizing meetings and consultations with the privacy, human rights and digital ethics experts, gather input and communicate on the issues related to digital ethics and AI;
  • Assist the team to communicate, present, visualize and report data findings and policies creatively in a variety of formats;
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Qualifications and Experience


Applicants must be currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD program (or equivalent) or have graduated from with within three months prior to the application date of the internship. Areas of study include Public Policy, Political Science, Human Rights, Law, Privacy, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, International Development, and other related specialty.


  • Familiarity with International law concepts and knowledge of the UN system and mandate is desirable;
  • Familiarity and understanding of the issues related to artificial intelligence, big data, digital privacy or ethical AI frameworks is highly desirable;
  • Experience with machine learning is an asset;
  • Coding experience is an asset (Python, Julia, SQL etc);
  • Any additional technical training or legal training is an asset;
  • Demonstrated analytical thinking and problem-solving skills is an asset;
  • Demonstrated experience within an international environment is an asset;
  • Excellent communication, reporting, and writing skills are an asset.
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