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Frequently asked questions

How and where do I apply for a job with UNICEF?

UNICEF employs passionate and committed people who want to help build a world fit for children. We only accept applications for advertised positions, which will be made available on our websites:

As an equal opportunity employer, UNICEF is committed to diversity among its staff. Well qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Does UNICEF have an internship program?

UNICEF’s international Internship Program offers eligible/qualified students the opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF's work . To be eligible for the international program, you need to be a currently-enrolled graduate or post-graduate student in a field related to UNICEF’s interests. At this time, UNICEF does not accept undergraduates. Learn more.

Based on the needs of the office, there are from time-to-time internship opportunities available at the UNICEF South Africa office . Learn more.

Internships in South Africa

We only accept applications for advertised positions, which will be made available on our website.

Applicants must be enrolled in a Masters – or higher – level of study, be fluent in English and have an excellent academic record.  Any application for internship will have to be supported by the academic institution.  Interested applicants should complete the following steps:

  1. Use the online application form on: https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/internship.php
  2. Submit a 1 page ‘Statement of Purpose’ letter.
  3. A letter from the university certifying enrolment, subjects and expected completion.
  4. An up-to-date transcript from the university.
  5. Two letters of recommendation in English. One should be from the Professor supervising the student.
  6. Proof of health and life insurance.

How do I volunteer with UNICEF?

UNICEF does not recruit volunteers directly for deployment to the field.

If you have an undergraduate degree, several years of work experience and are interested in long-term volunteer opportunities in developing countries, you may be eligible for entry into the United Nations Volunteer (UNV) program. This is a United Nations common program which recruits volunteers for assignments throughout the United Nations system, including UNICEF. Application procedures and information are available at the UNV Web site.

I’m a young person. What do you have for me?

Find out how you can be part of a movement of young people through GEM/BEM.
Read about how young people around the world are getting involved, learn about the issues, or join a discussion in Voices of Youth.





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