October 21, 2013

UNICEF Internship Programme for Currently-Enrolled International Graduate or Postgraduate Students

UNICEF Funded Internship Programme

Course(s) Offered: Any field of interest
Course Level: Undergraduate, Postgraduate
Provider: UNICEF
Country to Study in: USA

Internship Description
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.

Eligibility requirements include:
  • You need to be a currently-enrolled graduate or post-graduate student in a field related to UNICEF’s interests.
  • You must be enrolled during the full duration of the proposed internship period. At this time we do not accept undergraduates.
  • You should be fluent in English and one other UNICEF working language i.e. French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese.
  • Your academic performance should be excellent, as demonstrated by recent university or institution records.
  • Your application for an internship should be supported by your university or related institution. A minimum requirement is a letter from one of your professors supporting your application. This is only needed when an internship assignment has been offered to you.
  • Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in the field of international development, particularly in areas of UNICEF priorities.
  • Ability to adapt and work in a multi-cultural setting.
  • Has strong commitment to the values and principles of the United Nations and UNICEF’s mission, guiding principles and Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • Additional consideration will be given for any past work experiences.
However, please keep in mind that even if you meet these qualifications, there is no guarantee of placement. We receive many more applications from qualified candidates than we can place. Placement is subject to availability of meaningful assignments.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ANY country who are eligible/qualified.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from ALL national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

Participating Institutions
At both the UNICEF Headquarters and country offices

Fields of study
Any field related to UNICEF’s interests.

If you are committed, creative professional, are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, and are comfortable working in a challenging environment, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

Number of awards
Not specified by UNICEF

Intenship duration
While most of the 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.

However, as a general guide, Interns may be accepted for a minimum of 4 weeks to a maximum of 16 weeks.

Internship benefits
Opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF’s work under the direct supervision of experienced UNICEF staff.

NOTE: Internships at UNICEF are non-remunerative. All successful applicants are expected to make their own arrangements for travel, lodging and living expenses during the internship period. There are a number of resources for supporting internships.

Method of Application
If you meet the above eligibility criteria and are interested in submitting an online application, please click HERE. Manually completed applications are not accepted anymore.

The completed online application will be automatically uploaded into the UNICEF 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.

Please see these Important Instructions for UNICEF's Online Applications.

For January – May: 1 October; For June – August: 1 March; For September: 1 July. Applications are on-going throughout the year.

Due to the high number of applications received, UNICEF will not be able to respond to each and every application.

When you complete the online application, which requires your CV and P-11 (to download a P-11, click HERE) as attachments, you will receive an acknowledgement email with a copy of the online application form you submitted attached to it.

For queries and questions, please send an-mail to UNICEF at Internships@unicef.org.
For more details on the Internship Programme, please see the section's FAQ.

Application Deadline: 1 March / 1 July / 1 October 2014
Open to International students: Yes

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: List of Internships for International Students


  1. Dear sir / Mandam

    what are the guideline for the undergradute program beacuse i have a interst in the UNICEF Internship Program.

    1. Carefully read through 'Method of Application' above. Cheers!