UNICEF Internship Programme 898 views


All year round

Type of Funding

Not funded




Graduate or post-graduate students enrolled in a field of study related to children’s rights and international development may apply to the UNICEF Internship Programme. The maximum duration of the internship is 26 weeks and interns will work at either UNICEF’s New York Headquarters or its country offices.

UNICEF focuses on the protection and advancement of the rights of children, to give children the best start in life, and so its primary work is in the areas of child protection and social inclusion, child survival, education and humanitarian action. Interns will work in UNICEF’s functional areas, which can be categorized in 3main pillars: Programme and Policy, External Relations and Operations.

Internship vacancies are advertised all year round on UNICEF’s employment page. Currently there are 13 internship opportunities available:

  • Quality Assurance Intern, UNICEF Supply Division, Copenhagen
  • Internship for U-Report Western Balkan, UNICEF Albania Country Office
  • Internship, Social Protection program, UNICEF Albania Country office
  • Internships, OED/Ethics, New York
  • Internship: Archiving of MICS related data Processing Programmes and Products, D & A Section, at the New York Headquarters
  • Internship: Learning and Knowledge Exchange Unit (Agora), PSN Section, DRP, at the New York Headquarters
  • International Intern, Evaluation Section, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Two Paid Internship opportunities (Monitoring and Evaluation, 6 months), Geneva, Switzerland
  • Programme Intern – Muscat, Oman
  • Internship in Social Coding, ICTD New York
  • Internship in UNICEF Bangladesh
  • HR Internship in Chad for Chad Nationals Only
  • Intern with Central Region based in Kabul, Afghanistan for Afghan Nationals Only


Interns may be paid a stipend as a contribution towards living expenses and a one-time lump sum as a contribution towards travel and visa costs if applicable.


Applicants have to be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or PhD degree programme, or have graduated within the past 2 years, possessing excellent academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records. They must be at least 18 years old and are proficient in at least 1 of UNICEF’s working languages: English, French or Spanish. Fluency in the working language of the office they are applying to is required. Additional consideration will be given to any past professional experience.

Those with immediate relatives (e.g. father, mother, brother, sister) working in any UNICEF office and ineligible, as are those will relatives in the line of authority that they would have to report to.


Applications are to be done online. Refer to the details of the specific internship vacancy advertisement for important dates such as the deadline for application and the duration of the internship. The application deadlines for the currently available internships range from 11 August 2018 (earliest) to 1 September 2018 (latest).

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