Job Opportunities: Engineering/Technology Lead & Communications/Strategy Lead
Internship Opportunity: Innovation Tools Internship, Office of Innovation

Role: Innovation Fund Portfolio Intern 
Job Number:
517234 | Vacancy Link
Duty Station: New York
Work Type: Internship
Duration: 16 weeks

How can you make a difference? 

What could be a better way to spend your summer than trying to help develop and streamline life saving innovations in UNICEF – one of the world’s largest organizations serving children. The UNICEF Internship Programme offers eligible/qualified students the opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF’s Innovation Fund.

As a UNICEF Innovation Intern you will:

  • Get to work on a specific project of strategic value to the team. You’ll get to present your ideas and outputs to the team at the end of the summer.
  • Receive dedicated mentorship from a member of multidisciplinary team related to your project and your career and development plans
  • Be part of a dedicated induction programme to UNICEF and UNICEF Innovation
  • Have a fun and inspiring internship experience

Main responsibilities will be:

  • Support the logistical and substantive planning of a workshop for new portfolio companies in Dec 2018
  • Identify stories and draft feature pieces on the Innovation Fund portfolio companies to be shared across UNICEF Innovation’s social media channels
  • Research and conduct outreach to investors, donors and other partners that could support growth and follow-on funding of current portfolio companies
  • Develop an engagement plan for 2019 identifying key events across UNICEF’s programme regions for local and global Fund teams to participate

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

    • Be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or Ph.D. programme or have graduated within the past two years. Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
    • Have excellent academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records.
    • Have no immediate relatives (e.g. father, mother, brother, sister) working in any UNICEF office.
    • Have no other relatives in the line of authority which the intern will report to.
    • Additional consideration will be given for any past experience.
    • Demonstrated familiarity with the country context, language and ecosystem
    • Past experience in event management, communications and public relations, engagement with entrepreneurial ecosystems, in a local start-up or investing is a plus.
    • Have excellent communication and written skills.
    • Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of other UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is an asset.
  • Conditions
    • Individuals must have proof of medical insurance covering their time at the duty station.
    • This internship expects a full-time commitment.
    • Individuals must fund their own travel and living expenses.
    • Individuals will receive a monthly stipend (unless already funded for the internship by a third party)
    • Individuals are responsible for arranging any visa or immigration requirements.
    • Individuals are expected to provide their own laptop.

Applications must include:

  • Cover letter
  • CV

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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Opening Date Mon Oct 22 2018 09:00:00 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time) Eastern Daylight Time
Closing Date Mon Nov 05 2018 23:55:00 GMT-0500 (Eastern Standard Time) 

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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.

For every child, innovate….

UNICEF has a 70-year history of innovating for children. We believe that new approaches, partnerships and technologies that support realizing children’s rights are critical to improving their lives.

The Office of Innovation is a creative, interactive, and agile team in UNICEF. We sit at a unique intersection, where an organization that works on huge global issues meets the startup thinking, the technology, and the partners that turn this energy into scalable solutions.

UNICEF’s Office of Innovation creates opportunities for the world’s children by focusing on where new markets can meet their vital needs. We do this by:

  • Connecting youth communities (or more broadly — anyone disconnected or under-served) to decision-makers, and to each other, to deliver informed, relevant and sustained programmes that build better, stronger futures for children.
  • Provoking change for children through an entrepreneurial approach — in a traditionally risk-averse field — to harness rapidly moving innovations and apply them to serve the needs of all children.
  • Creating new models of partnership that leverage core business values across the public, private and academic sectors in order to deliver fast, and lasting results for children.

The Office of Innovation specifically looks to form partnerships around frontier technologies (like drones and UAVs, blockchain, 21st century skills, urban technologies, new banking tools, wearables and sensors, or 3D-Printing) that exist at the intersection of $100 billion business markets and 1 billion person needs – and to identify how they can grow and scale profitably and inclusively.

Our team
We’re an interdisciplinary team around the world tasked with identifying, prototyping, and scaling new technologies and practices. With our partners, we focus on convening and collaborating on new and different solutions, low- and high-tech, by:

  • Looking at the 2-5 year horizon to evaluate emerging and trending technologies and to see how UNICEF can work with the private sector on doing better business while improving essential services for children;
  • Investing in early stage solutions that show great potential to positively impact children in the 0-2 year future including the Venture Fund that invests in open source technology solutions from start-ups based in UNICEF’s programme countries;
  • Identifying proven solutions that can be implemented at national scale in multiple countries – taking the ideas that help thousands in one country, bringing them to dozens of countries across multiple sectors, and impacting the lives of millions of children.”

The UNICEF Innovation Fund has been designed to finance early stage, open-source technology that can benefit children. The core motivation of the Innovation Fund is to identify “clusters” or portfolios of initiatives around emerging technology – so that UNICEF can both shape markets and also learn about and guide these technologies to benefit children. We invest in solutions that can impact the lives of the most vulnerable children. We find these solutions clustered around $100 billion industries in frontier technology spaces, such as: blockchain, UAVs, virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, nano-satellites and human dynamics.

With $16M raised to date, the Innovation Fund is scaling its investment portfolio with the aim of investing in 20 start-ups every year. As the portfolio is scaling, we are looking for an intern that will support to the current portfolio of 30+ investments across emerging technology areas.


Job Opportunities: Engineering/Technology Lead & Communications/Strategy Lead
Internship Opportunity: Innovation Tools Internship, Office of Innovation