UNICEF Internship Programmes for International Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students

Internship Programme

Course(s) Offered: Any field
Course Level: Training (Undergraduate, Graduate )
Provider: UNICEF
Country to Study in: USA, Country offices

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.

Internships are offered depending on the availability of meaningful assignments and the needs and capacity of units/offices to receive and supervise interns.

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. 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.

UNICEF Internship Programmes

  • At the time you would like to start your internship with UNICEF, you 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 your undergraduate degree.
  • You must have excellent academic performance and can demonstrate it by your recent university or other academic institution records.
  • You must be proficient in at least one of UNICEF's working languages (English, French or Spanish) and fluent in the working language of the office you are 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!

However, please keep in mind that even if you meet these qualifications, there is no guarantee of placement. UNICEF receives many more applications from qualified candidates than they can place. Placement is subject to availability of meaningful assignments.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ANY country

Participating Institutions
UNICEF (Headquarters in the USA and country offices around the world)

Fields of study
Internships are offered in all fields related to UNICEF’s functional areas, listed as follows: Programme and Policy, Adolescent Development, Communication for Development (C4D), Child Protection, Early Childhood Development, Education, Emergencies, Expanded Programme Immunization, Gender, Health, HIV / AIDS, Human Rights, Innovation, Knowledge Management, Monitoring & Evaluation, Nutrition, Programme Management, Policy Analysis & Planning, Social and Economic Policy, Statistics and Monitoring, and WASH.

Number of awards
Not specified by UNICEF

Internship duration
While most of the internships are full time, some can be done on a part-time or even ‘virtual’ basis. How long and how often you work depends on the agreement with the supervisor and the project and office you are assigned to. But, as a general guide, internships last between six weeks and six months

Internship benefits
Opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF’s work under the direct supervision of experienced staff. Internships 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
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: i). A time period in the current year when you are available to start your internship, ii). Your preferred functional areas; and iii). The location 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.

It is important to read the FAQ and also to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information and to commence your application.

Internship vacancies are advertised all year round on the 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.

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 its organisation.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is a United Nations (UN) program headquartered in New York City that provides humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries. It was created by the UN General Assembly on 11 December 1946, to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries that had been devastated by World War II.

Application Deadline: Rolling
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!

  2. Hello,please what are the application procedures? I would like to apply. Please reply

    1. Follow the steps as explained in the above article