The UNICEF Internship Program offers students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain direct practical experience with UNICEF’s work. Internship opportunities are available worldwide.
When a UNICEF office identifies the need for an intern to support their team, they publish the opportunity, and all eligible candidates can submit their application through our website. You can find current opportunities on our vacancies page.
What is UNICEF?
UNICEF is a special program of the United Nations devoted to aiding national efforts to improve the health, nutrition, education, and general welfare of children.
UNICEF, also known as the United Nations Children’s Fund, is a United Nations agency responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children worldwide. The agency is among the most widespread and recognizable social welfare organizations in the world, with a presence in 192 countries and territories. UNICEF’s activities include providing immunizations and disease prevention, administering treatment for children and mothers with HIV, enhancing childhood and maternal nutrition, improving sanitation, promoting education, and providing emergency relief in response to disasters.
Programme and Policy
- Adolescent Development
- Communication for Development (C4D)
- Child Protection
- Early Childhood Development
- Expanded Programme Immunization
- HIV / AIDS
- Human Rights
- Knowledge Management
- Monitoring & Evaluation
- Programme Management
- Policy Analysis & Planning
- Social and Economic Policy
- Statistics and Monitoring
- Finance and Administration
- Human Resource
- Internal Audit Managemen
- Information Communication Technology
- Operations and Business Managemen
- Supply / Logistics
- Alliances and Resource Mobilization
- Communication / External Relations
- Private Fundraising and Partnerships
- UN and Multilateral Affairs
- Must enroll in a graduate (Master’s) degree or undergraduate (Bachelor’s) degree and will have completed at least two years of full-time studies towards completion of an undergraduate degree.
- Have excellent academic performance and can demonstrate it by recent university or other academic institution records.
- Proficient in at least one of UNICEF’s working languages (English, French or Spanish) and fluent in the working language of the office you are interested to work in.
If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.
Please keep in mind: Even if you meet these qualifications, there is no guarantee of placement. Qualified candidates will be placed in UNICEF’s Internship database which is accessed by UNICEF managers globally. If you are applying for more than one location, the online application will allow you to choose the New York Headquarters location as well as up to three other field locations outside New York. If an exciting opportunity matching your profile and interests arise, you will be contacted directly.
Internship dates and duration
To be eligible for an internship with UNICEF, you have to apply to its internship database. When completing your application, you will be asked to indicate the dates you are available to do an internship. Please make sure to always keep the information in your profile up-to-date, as the database is being refreshed every year.
The duration of an internship is normally between six and sixteen weeks. The total duration may be extended up to a maximum of six months when there are special requirements and/or special needs of the receiving division/office.
How to Join
- Be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or PhD programme or have graduated within the past two years.
- Be proficient in at least one of UNICEF’s working languages: English, French or Spanish. Fluency in the working language of the office you are applying to may also be required.
- Have excellent academic performance as demonstrated by recent university/education records.
- Have no immediate relatives (e.g. mother, father, sister, brother) working with UNICEF.
- Have no other relatives in your reporting line of authority.
- Be at least 18 years old.
Additional consideration will be given to any professional experience relevant to the function you’re applying for.
How to Apply
Finally, Interested and qualified candidates should Click Here to Apply