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Community Engagement Intern

Organization Overview 
UNICEF USA (“UUSA” or “We”) relentlessly pursues a more equitable world for every child, upholding the rights of all children and empowering every child, everywhere. We also support the fundamental belief that children should have a voice and role in shaping their futures and the futures of their communities.


Over eight decades, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has built an unprecedented global support system for the world’s children, and has boldly taken on the biggest, seemingly impossible challenges facing children. UNICEF relentlessly works day in and day out to deliver the essentials that give every child an equitable chance in life: health care and immunizations, safe water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. UNICEF USA advances the global mission of UNICEF by rallying the American public to support the world’s most vulnerable children.

We know that sustainable change is attainable, but it can’t be achieved alone. It takes a committed team – individuals, governments, corporations, volunteers and staff – who demonstrate a relentless commitment to working tirelessly, day in and day out in some of the toughest, hardest to reach places. Big problems need big solutions, and we harness our collective, global voice and energy to do more good, in more places for children.  We will never stop supporting UNICEF to develop smarter, more cost-effective solutions; scaling up proven, data-driven programs; and harnessing new technologies to create measurable change for children.

UUSA is organized under the laws of New York State as a not-for-profit corporation. As such, UUSA is a tax-exempt organization as defined under Section 501C(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is governed by an independent, non-salaried Board of Directors.


Position:                    Community Engagement Intern

Location:                    Remote/Nationwide or Hybrid

FLSA Status:              Non-exempt

Salary:                        $15/Hourly

Hours per week:        20 hours maximum

Time Frame:               February 13th - May 17th, 2024


Community Engagement Intern

UNICEF USA seeks a Community Engagement intern for its National Office to support domestic programs in the Community Alliance for Child Rights. The intern will work in collaboration with the Youth & Volunteer Engagement Team and Municipal Partnerships Team to research best practices in club models, design youth-friendly content office to help more effectively engage young people, and to research best practices and develop resources to support municipal partners in their efforts to center children and young people in local decision making.


This internship will provide an opportunity to learn about:

  • Best practices in youth engagement strategy
  • Maintaining social media and communication outreach
  • UNICEF programs and community engagement
  • Best practices in child-focused local governance

Key Responsibilities/Projects:

  • Conduct desk research and focus groups with youth network members and make recommendations on content and tactics used by youth clubs to maximize engagement and impact
  • Support recruitment and selection of Youth Leaders through tracking, communication and analysis of the 2024 cohort.
  • Inform the design and execution of social media content for key action days like Earth Day and Mental Health Awareness Month.
  • Research good practices in child-focused local governance by reviewing the activity of UNICEF USA municipal partners and available desk research
  • Contribute to resources and tools to support municipal partners in the adoption of child-focused local governance strategies


  • Must be a current student enrolled in a College or University degree program
  • Interest in research, youth engagement, content design, community organizing and local government
  • Must have experience with community organizing, volunteer management, and a passion for inspiring others (extracurricular activities, leaders of clubs etc.)
  • The successful candidate must also have a demonstrated interest in and knowledge of children's rights and international issues, as well as a commitment to public service
  • The ideal candidate will be resourceful and energetic with the ability to manage multiple priorities and work autonomously with attention to detail
  • Innovation, creativity, and a team player mentality are necessary for success in this role
  • Demonstrated ability to lead effective presentations and workshops and ease in public speaking for groups large and small
  • Experience working with students or in educational programming is a plus
  • Experience working with local government or other types of civic engagement is a plus
  • Proven ability to work well with a diverse group of people in a virtual team setting
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written; experience working with cross-country teams a plus
  • Fluency in TikTok, Instagram, Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel is preferred
  • Must be a highly motivated team player who enthusiastically embraces the mission of UNICEF and UNICEF USA
  • Must demonstrate UNICEF USA Core Values: Trust, Respect, Accountability, Innovation, Teamwork and Service
  • Intern must be based in the United States.
  • Needs their own work equipment to be with the organization


Must possess current and valid US Work Authorization and be eligible to work for any US employer without sponsorship.

Due to the high volume of applications received, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. UNICEF USA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer

We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, reproductive health decisions, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state, and local law. UUSA is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at