About UNICEF: Employment

Internship Programme


Application closed for 2016. Please check back again in early 2017.

The UNICEF Internship Programme offers eligible/qualified students at both Headquarters and country offices the opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF's work under the direct supervision of experienced UNICEF staff.
Internships are offered depending on the availability of meaningful assignments and the needs and capacity of units/offices to receive and supervise interns.

Areas of 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.

Eligibility requirements

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At the time I would like to start my internship with UNICEF,
I will be enrolled 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 my undergraduate degree.


I have excellent academic performance and can demonstrate it by my recent university or other academic institution records.


I am proficient in at least one of UNICEF's working languages (English, French or Spanish) and fluent in the working language of the office I am interested to work in.

Additional consideration will be given to any past professional experience.

If you answered 'yes' to all the above listed requirements, you are highly encouraged to apply now to UNICEF's internship database!

Application closed for 2016. Please check back again in early 2017.

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Please keep in mind: Even if you meet these qualifications, there is no guarantee of placement. Qualified candidates will be placed in UNICEFs 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 to 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, your preferred functional areas and the duty stations you would like to be considered for.
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 with UNICEF is between six weeks and six months.

More information
For more details on the Internship Programme, please see the section's FAQ.



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