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About UNICEF: Employment

Internships - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If I am accepted what kind of work will I be doing?
This will depend on the needs of the office to which you are assigned, your qualifications and interests. If you have specific interests or requirements for your degree program, you should include this information on the cover letter. 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.

How long is the programme?

For the internship to be worthwhile and effective, the duration is usually between six (6) and twenty-six (26) weeks.

Can I get financial support from UNICEF?

Internships at UNICEF can be unpaid or paid, subject to funds availability. Regardless of the internship payment modality, all successful applicants are expected to make their own arrangements for travel, lodging and living expenses during the internship period. In case you are selected to a unpaid internship with UNICEF, there are a number of resources for supporting internships. Start the search at your own college.

Do I need to be at the office full-time?
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.

When should I apply?

Internship vacancies are advertised all year round on our employment page. 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.

Should I arrange an interview
No, if UNICEF wants to interview you, either in person or by phone, we will contact you.

Will I be hired by UNICEF after my internship?
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.

Is there anything else I should know?
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).

What if my question was not answered by theses FAQs?

Please make sure you have reviewed this FAQs section thoroughly and if you have any queries, please send an email with your question to mailto:Internship@unicef.org.



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