The UNICEF Internship Programme offers eligible students the opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF’s work. UNICEF is active in various functional areas related to its mandate, which can be categorized in three main pillars: Programme and Policy, External Relations and Operations. Read more about these areas here.
Internships are offered depending on the needs and capacity of offices to receive and supervise interns. Currently available internship opportunities are advertised on the UNICEF employment page.
Our Internship Programme has been revised to broaden the eligibility criteria and introduce the paid modality. You can find out more about what changed here.
Eligibility and Criteria
To be considered for an internship, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or Ph.D. degree programme or have graduated within the past two years.
– Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
- 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 is required.
- Have excellent academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records.
- Have no immediate relatives (e.g. father, mother, brother, sister) working in any UNICEF office; and
- Have no other relatives in the line of authority which that you will report to.
Individuals must demonstrate excellent academic performance through recent university or institution records.
Additional consideration will be given to any past professional experience.
Awards and Benefits
- Most interns work one or several projects such as research, databases management, or communications, and many others.
- Please refer to the internship advertisement for more information about the specific tasks of an internship position.
- For the internship to be worthwhile and effective, the duration is usually between six (6) and twenty-six (26) weeks.
- While most of our internships are full time, some are not. How long and how often you work in the office depends on the agreement with the supervisor and the project and office you are assigned to. Sometimes there are projects that can be done on a part-time or even ‘virtual’ basis.
- The UNICEF internship programme is not connected with employment and there should be no expectation of such.
- Interns cannot apply for posts advertised internally to UNICEF staff during the period of their internship. However, a UNICEF internship is a very positive experience to have on your resume/CV, and is looked at positively when the Intern applies to UNICEF posts later in their careers.
- You may also wish to check internship opportunities with the UN Internship Programme or the UNDP Internship Programme. The UNICEF Internship Programme is independent of the United Nations and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
How To Apply
To apply please click here