Internship Education Cannot Wait

UNICEF, United States

Skill Required:, Education Management
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
2nd July, 2020

Job Description

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

For every child, hope.

The UNICEF Internship Programme offers qualified and eligible students at both Headquarters (HQ) the unique opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF's work and the United Nations system under the direct supervision of experienced UNICEF staff.

Purpose of the internship:

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does - in advocacy, communications, programs, resource mobilization and operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children's rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions - her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society's most disadvantaged citizens - addressing inequity - not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

Education Cannot Wait (ECW) is the global fund for education in emergencies, hosted and administered by UNICEF, which in just three years has provided emergency education support to +4 million children and youth affected by armed conflicts, forced displacement, natural disasters and protracted crises. ECW has raised well over half a billion dollars during this short period and is working to raise $1.8B by 2021. Under the overall guidance of the Director of Education Cannot Wait (ECW) and the direct supervision of the Chief, Advocacy/Communications, the selected intern(s) will provide professional advocacy and communication support to ECW's Advocacy & Communications Section, to support the development and implementation of the Education Cannot Wait (ECW) Work Plan.

  • Support ECWs Chief, Advocacy/Communications, and the ECW Advocacy/Communications team in preparing of talking points, presentations, fact sheets, blogs, speeches and advocacy material.
  • Collect, analyze, verify and synthesize information to facilitate advocacy and communication external outreach, development, design and preparation.
  • Prepare inputs and draft Communications and Advocacy material, and review documentation and reports, ensuring accuracy, timeliness and relevancy of information.
  • Support ECW global campaigns and major high-level events, with relevant donors, governments and partners, such as the HLPF in July and the UN-GA events in September.
  • Support ECWs digital platforms in terms of content, monitoring, analytics, including @EduCannotWait on Twitter, and ECW's website, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram accounts, including through use of Canva and Lumen5.
  • Identify, capture, synthesize and share lessons learned for knowledge development in the area of Advocacy and Communications.
  • Apply innovative approaches and promote good practice to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable Advocacy and Communications approaches.
  • Research, benchmark and report on the best and cutting-edge practices for advocacy, communications and external relations.


  • Currently enrolled in a graduate (Master's) or undergraduate (Bachelor's), with focus on advocacy, communications, public relations, marketing.
  • Completed at least two year of full-time studies of the undergraduate degree or within six months of graduation of under-graduate.
  • Excellent academic performance, as demonstrated by academic records.
  • Previous work experience is an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of another official UN language (French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic or Chinese), or a local language, is an asset.
  • Due to current COVID19 restrictions (which may change), the intern will initially work from home, working collaboratively with the Advocacy/Communication team by email, WhatsApp, Zoom, etc.

For every Child, you demonstrate:

Our core values are Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and our Core Competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.


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