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Internship - Graphic Design, ICTD New York

Apply now Job no: 522251
Work type: Internship
Location: United States
Categories: Information Communication Technology

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, a connected world

The UNICEF Internship Programme offers qualified and eligible students at both Headquarters (HQ) and Country Offices (CO) 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.

To be considered for an internship with UNICEF, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree programme (or recent graduate);
  • Be proficient in English, knowledge of an additional UN language is considered an asset; and
  • Have excellent academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records.

Job organizational context

UNICEF’s ICT function is in a state of continuous evolution, in stride with the ever-changing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) world and business environment. The ICT function is focused on continuous improvement towards the realization of UNICEF’s mandate. This involves the implementation of recommendations made by stakeholders on how to better leverage technology for competitive advantage and business value optimisation.

One such recommendation is to improve communication across the organisation. Accordingly, the Project Management Office (PMO) of the ICT Division (ICTD) has set out to revamp communication tactics and strategies by adopting graphic elements to create appealing products that make communication material easier to consume and visually appealing. The aim is to ensure that ICT communications have a contemporary look that is appealing to readers, with graphic design content where possible.

As such, the PMO is seeking an intern with a strong background in graphic design and production.

The benefits for UNICEF and intern include:

  • UNICEF gains access to a rich pool of talent with good academic standing and keen to make a good impression of their capabilities;
  • UNICEF gains the opportunity to support the career path of the interns through the practical application of their skills areas.

Purpose of the internship

Under the supervision of the Deputy Director of ICT Strategy, Risk Management and Governance, the intern will work on various aspects of graphic design, including:

  • Assist with conceptualizing and developing design collateral for print and digital including: newsletters, infographics, presentations, templates, web assets, social media graphics, etc.;
  • Collaborate with ICT colleagues to develop and design materials for awareness raising;
  • Provide editing/retouching of photos using apps such as Photoshop for design materials;
  • Perform administrative tasks as assigned.

This internship will be for a period of six months. 

Qualifications and Competencies

Functional Competencies

  • Advanced knowledge in apps such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign;
  • Organization, research and analysis: demonstrates intellectual creativity, analytical rigor, and contributes innovative ideas;
  • Results orientation: self-starter who demonstrates drive to achieve results in a timely manner and seeks solutions to any problems encountered; makes efficient use of available resources; demonstrates ability to multitask;
  • Communication skills: has the ability to communicate clearly and persuasively; demonstrates ability to build consensus and expresses ideas clearly;
  • Interpersonal skills and client orientation: excellent interpersonal skills and builds strong relationships with clients and external actors;
  • Managing change: demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.

Corporate Competencies

  • Eagerness to learn and excel;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty;
  • Experience working under minimum supervision and tight deadlines.


The following qualifications are required:

  • graduated no more than 24 months ago from a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree programme in media, graphic design, or other related field; or,
  • is presently enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree programme in media, graphic design, or other related field. 


Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme, however, they are expected to have the following skills:

  • Knowledge and ability to design visual communication solutions using programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign;
  • Working knowledge of YouTube and other social media sites is an asset.


Fluency in English. Working knowledge of another UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is an advantage.

Living Conditions and Working Environment

  • Intern is expected to have his/her own equipment and programs.
  • This position is not necessarily office-based.


A monthly stipend as contribution towards living and transportation expenses will be provided up to $1,500.00 for the selected candidate.

Due to the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be notified. 

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and on any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks. 

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.

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