Internship – Global Volunteer Initiative Communications & Marketing , PG – Generation Unlimited, New York HQ (Remote)


UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

Purpose and Objective:

UNICEF has partnered with leading public and private organizations to launch a global partnership dedicated to expanding opportunity for young people, aged 10-24.  This partnership, Generation Unlimited (GenU), is centered on finding new ways to help every young person to get into school, learning, training, or employment by 2030 — with a focus on those in the greatest danger of being left behind, including girls, the poorest, those with disabilities, young people on the move and those affected by conflict and natural disasters.  

GenU brings together leaders from governments, UN agencies, the private sector, academia, international and civil society organizations, and young people themselves. The partnership will identify, co-create, resource and scale-up innovative solutions to expand opportunity for young people. Effective programmes will be matched with financing and technical support; investors will find viable solutions to invest in and strong accountability mechanisms that provide adequate assurance of results and fiscal management; and young people will participate meaningfully in the co-creation of solutions, informing, advising and helping implement at every step of the way.

GenU recognizes that volunteering is one important pathway for enabling young people to envision and reclaim their place in society. There’s a multiplying force of volunteerism: as young volunteers build self-awareness, self-esteem and confidence, they enact change in their communities and impart skills to others while acquiring skills themselves. Learning by doing, volunteers become proficient in communication, problem-solving, organizing, and planning and benefit from a stronger start to their employment journeys. By mobilising young people to volunteer, we expand our reach, access, and trust with communities, strengthen our ability to deliver on programme and advocacy goals, and provide young people with empowering and upskilling experiences— moving closer to a world in which young people are changemakers shaping more just and equitable outcomes.

Main duties and responsibilities:

Global Volunteer Initiative Communications and Marketing Internship

Under the shared supervision of the Global Volunteer Initiative (GVI) Lead and Communications Lead, and in close collaboration with both teams, the intern will:

  • Co-create tools and resources for young change-makers, including adaptation of the existing GVI starter kit to young audiences who want to make positive change in their communities, in time for launch at World Youth Skills Day in July.
  • Lead on the identification of great stories associated with the Volunteer Initiative and their adaptation to key social channels and audiences with the purpose of raising the profile of volunteering and inspiring other young people to volunteer
  • Co-create and project manage the development of other GVI communications assets including the design of pitch decks, volunteer videos and other communications.
  • Support the GVI and Communications teams on other matters, as needed.

Benefits to Intern:

Be a member of an innovative and agile team that works on the ground with UNICEF country offices to tap into the power of young people and strengthen their capacity to create a better world. Build skills in strategy development, communications, design and volunteer engagement.

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Letter of verification from the college or university that the intern is currently enrolled in an undergraduate school and has completed at least two years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of an undergraduate degree (if the candidate is 18 years old, this replaces the two-year bachelor’s completion requirement); or, Graduate Degree Program (i.e., Master’s, PhD).  It should also state the expected graduation date.  Recent graduates are allowed until 2 years after degree completion.
  • Copy of their most recent official transcript showing excellent academic performance
  • Copy of Identification Card (ID)
  • One letter of signed recommendation on letterhead or from professional email address

Qualifications: (Academic, Language, etc):

  • Be enrolled in or having just completed a graduate academic programme
  • Have interest and/or experience (academic or practical) in working in public policy, international development, initiatives including adolescents and youth in development or humanitarian contexts. 
  • Some first work/volunteer experience in youth engagement and/ or programmatic work in countries
  • Strong writing skills required. Ability to synthesize and craft concept notes and compelling pitch decks for youth-related programmatic initiatives highly desired.
  • Knowledge of research, qualitative data analysis, visualization, and knowledge management is strongly preferred.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

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