Elizaveta Klochkova shared about her internship at UNICEF Innovation

Internship at UNICEF Innovation

Elizaveta Klochkova
Елизавета Клочкова
UNICEF

30 October 2019

My name is Elizaveta Klochkova, and for the past three months I have been working in the UNICEF Kazakhstan Country Office in Nur-sultan as the Innovations Intern.

This internship constitutes the final component of my 1-year Master’s programme at the Central European University School of Public Policy (which by the way I highly recommend to anyone wishing to work in public sector). I do realize that even a simple “finding an internship” makes many of my peers (until recently, me included) a bit anxious due to everything we hear about the competition in the job market. “Finding an internship at a UN agency (especially in the field one is interested in)” have sounded as something completely unrealistic to me just a year ago. Yet, here I am, encouraging everyone interested in international organizations to pursue this goal and apply.

I have chosen to apply for the “Innovations Intern” position, because I had taken courses in cyber- and digital-related policymaking during my studies. What I have found interesting, was the gap between the “policymaking as usual” and the potential humanity gains through digital development. The latter is often treated as something one can find in a “Star Wars” movie, but not in practice. At the same time, we need to constantly ensure target population’s privacy and integrity. Innovations at UNICEF has proved to be a unique and engaging experience in learning how innovative technological developments contribute to very practical policymaking with high ethical standards.

My internship at UNICEF has consisted of various tasks of which I would single out discussions with professionals in the innovative and international policy-making field. United Nations is an organization we all constantly hear about – in the news, classrooms, conversations, but it was truly interesting to get to know how its agency functions daily. My internship supervisor Raushan Ibrasheva has contributed enormously to my knowledge of modern technology and how it interacts with the programmes that UNICEF develops. Learning about international organizations in classroom and being engaged in one are two (not so slightly) different things. I am grateful to the people from the UNICEF Kazakhstan Country Office for the helpful practical advice I got here.

Last, but not least, I have really enjoyed being in Kazakhstan and experiencing the cities of Nursultan and Almaty. Throughout my stay here, I was very excited about learning of the development programmes in the country and seeing the architecture and several exhibitions.

Learning about international organizations in classroom and being engaged in one are two (not so slightly) different things. I am grateful to the people from the UNICEF Kazakhstan Country Office for the helpful practical advice I got here.