UNICEF Internship Programme for Undergraduates, Graduates, and Postgraduates-Fully funded

UNICEF Internship Programme.
UNICEF Internship Programme.

Are you looking for globally recognised paid internship opportunities? If yes, you should consider applying for the UNICEF Internship Programme.

UNICEF Internship Programme is a globally recognised fully funded internship programme open to undergraduates, recent graduates and students undergoing their graduate programs. These internship programmes are open all year round. You only need to choose one that is suitable for you.

The UNICEF Internship Programme offers students and recent graduates from diverse academic backgrounds the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with UNICEF through global internship opportunities. Interns at UNICEF get experiential learning opportunities in the humanitarian sector and a meaningful internship experience that will support their academic, professional and personal development.

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Internship Benefits of UNICEF Internship Programme.

  • UNICEF Internship Programme offers students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain direct practical work experience.
  • Duration: The duration of an internship is normally between six and twenty-six weeks. Internships can be on a full-time or a part-time basis.
  • Expenses UNICEF provides a monthly stipend to interns. A one-time lump sum, as a contribution towards travel and visa costs, may also be granted when funding is available.
  • Visa: If necessary, UNICEF will provide relevant supporting documents for visa applications

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Eligibility Requirements for the UNICEF Internship Programme.

Your profile could be a good fit if it meets the following requirements:

  • At least 18 years old.
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or PhD programme, or have graduated within the past two years.
  • Proficient in at least one of UNICEF’s working languages: English, French or Spanish. Fluency in the working language of the office you are applying to may also be required.
  • Have no immediate relatives (e.g., mother, father, sister, brother) working with UNICEF, or any other relatives in your reporting line of authority.
  • Have strong academic performance and motivation
  • Additional consideration will be given to any professional experience relevant to the function you’re applying for.


The deadline varies for each programme offer. Internship opportunities are offered throughout the year. Click here to choose one.

How to Apply to the UNICEF Internship Programme.

  • Visit their website to view internship opportunities suitable for you.
  • Once you identify a vacancy of interest please click on the button “Apply Now” and then proceed with instructions for the application process. 
  • Carefully review the requirements for each internship opportunity and customize your profile to highlight your suitability for the role.
  • Due to the high number of applications only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

FAQs for UNICEF Internship Programme.

What kind of work will I do as a UNICEF intern?

This will depend on the needs of the office to which you are assigned, your qualifications and interests. If you have specific interests or requirements for your degree, you should include this information in your cover letter. Most interns work on one or several projects that include research, database management, communications and many other areas. Please refer to the internship vacancy for more information about the specific tasks of the internship position.

How long is the programme?

For the internship to be worthwhile and effective, the duration is usually between 6 and 26 weeks.

Can I get financial support from UNICEF?

All UNICEF interns are entitled to a stipend as a contribution towards living expenses, paid by UNICEF or a partner institution. A one-time lump sum, as a contribution towards travel and visa costs, may also be granted when funding is available.

Do I need to be at the office full-time?

While most of UNICEF internships are full-time, some are not. How long and how often you work in the office depends on the agreement you make with your supervisor and the project and office you are assigned to. Some internships can be carried out on a part-time basis, or even remotely.

Will I be hired by UNICEF after my internship?

There should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship. However, interns may be eligible to apply for certain positions within UNICEF, subject to internal policies, including those governing breaks in service. A UNICEF internship is a valuable and well-regarded asset in any resume/CV and can serve as the foundation for one’s career.


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