Paid Internship Opportunity at UNICEF in New York is for Innovation Tools Internship at Office of Innovation. 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. For innovation practitioners, the Network hosts regular knowledge sharing sessions to introduce new innovation trends and how they can contribute to achieving the SDGs. It also helps Agencies share tools and resources, as well as best practices for overcoming challenges for driving innovation within the UN. The UNIN also engages with senior leaders and advises them on how to build structures to promote innovation, activate innovation partnerships and create a culture of innovation in their organizations.
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 the 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
- Conduct research on existing innovation resources available within the UN (e.g. UN internal trainings) and externally (e.g. courses offered by Universities or platforms like IDEO)
- Develop a core training curriculum for innovation practitioners in the UN; consider differentiating and expanding this curriculum for different contexts
- Review and assess the identified resources and develop a short-list of recommended tools
- Develop a curated registry of innovation resources to help practitioners understand which resources are most suitable for them
- Support the user-testing of the curated registry and incorporate feedback from this
- Be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or Ph.D. degree programme in international development, economics, innovation or other related and relevant field, 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
- Past experience in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, in a local start-up or investing, is a plus; familiarity with common innovation concepts and methodologies (e.g. HCD) is an asset.
- Have excellent communication and written skills.
- Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of the local language a plus