The UNICEF Internship Programme offers students and recent graduates from diverse academic backgrounds the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with UNICEF through global internship opportunities.
Interns at UNICEF get experiential learning opportunities in the humanitarian sector and a meaningful internship experience that will support their academic, professional and personal development.
Your profile could be a good fit if it meets the following requirements:
- At least 18 years old.
- Enrolledin an undergraduate, graduate or PhD programme, or have graduated within the past two years.
- 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 no immediate relatives (e.g., mother, father, sister, brother) working with UNICEF, or any other relatives in your reporting line of authority.
- Have strong academic performance and motivation
- Additional consideration will be given to any professional experience relevant to the function you’re applying for.
What UNICEF offers
Our Internship Programme offers students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain direct practical work experience.
- Duration: The duration of an internship is normally between six and twenty-six weeks. Internships can be on a full-time or a part-time basis.
- Expenses we cover: UNICEF provides a monthly stipend to interns. A one-time lump sum, as a contribution towards travel and visa costs, may also be granted when funding is available.
- Visa: If necessary, UNICEF will provide relevant supporting documents for our visa applications.
Internship opportunities are offered throughout the year. You can find current opportunities on our vacancies page.
Once you identify a vacancy of interest please click on the button “Apply Now” and then proceed with instructions for the application process.
- Carefully review the requirements for each internship opportunity and customize your profile to highlight your suitability for the role.
- Build a compelling profile and get your dream job with these application and assessment tips.
- Due to the high number of applications only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Tips for your online profile
- While your online profile and profile should be comprehensive, this does not mean it should be as long as possible. Try to make it clear, succinct and targeted.
- Group your duties into categories or areas of responsibility, rather than just a long bullet point list, which makes it reader-friendly. Review the job description and see if you can use some of the areas listed there.
- Achievements show the impact and results of your work, and what you are proud of. Please share them with us!
Tips for your cover letter
Your cover letter is your opportunity to speak directly to the hiring manager. Personalize your cover letter but try to maintain a professional tone. You may also want to consider the following:
- Your cover letter should be succinct and should normally not exceed 1 page.
- Give a 2-3 paragraph overview of why you are suitable for the position based on your previous experience and demonstrate what you could contribute.
- Include your academic qualifications, length of professional experience and knowledge of any relevant UN languages (and, if relevant, a local language).
- Finish with a strong expression of your enthusiasm and motivation for applying.
- Check for typos and grammatical accuracy.
Tips for your CV or resume
- Your CV is shorter than your online profile – it is a summary of your professional expertise and experience.
- Begin your CV with your key expertise in 3-4 lines. This is your opportunity to grab the hiring manager’s attention.
- Add your relevant professional experience next, followed by your education and professional qualifications including any special training.
- Add your languages, any special IT or technical skills, and volunteer work.
- You can also add any special experiences or interests. This can be helpful if you are starting out in your career.
For most job applications at UNICEF, you should complete and submit the following:
- An online recruitment profile
- A CV/resume
- A cover letter