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Ventures Internship Programme: Accessible Technologies Intern, Office of Innovation

We are seeking an intern to support the UNICEF Innovation Venture Fund in building out our work on innovation for children with disabilities.

Ventures Internship Programme: Accessible Technologies Intern

Duration:10 weeks

Duty Station: NYHQ


UNICEF needs to be agile and adapt to the evolving challenges affecting all children — from disease outbreaks, to the global refugee crisis, to millions of out-of-school children. One thing that is consistent: the speed at which these problems disrupt the lives of children worldwide is only getting faster. To address these problems, UNICEF works with a network of global problem solvers who can find new ways to accelerate results that reduce inequities for children.

Through our network of technology companies, UNICEF Country Offices and academic institutions, we construct pilots to quickly determine if projects should be continued or not. The Office of Innovation provides support to innovation leads in Country Offices and consists of a flat team of technologists, designers, programmers, researchers and communication specialists, working to pilot and scale new solutions for UNICEF.

The UNICEF Ventures team explores and invests in early stage solutions that show great potential to positively impact children in the 0-2 year future. We also have a small venture fund – the UNICEF Innovation Fund – which provides resources to quickly assess, fund and scale companies, teams, and ideas that have been developed in new and emerging markets. The Innovation Fund supports the generation of open source, public goods that address the most pressing challenges facing children.

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Do you want to use your skills to find new technology solutions to improve children's lives? Want to learn more about how big data can be used for good? Want to be part of the team setting up the first venture fund inside the UN? Do you have a passion for finding and testing new ideas?

The UNICEF Ventures Internship Programme (VIP) offers eligible/qualified students the opportunity to acquire direct practical experience with dedicated support of the team. This internship is for the purpose of developing your skills and contributing to an exciting project being piloted by UNICEF Ventures.

As a UNICEF Innovation Ventures (VIP) 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
  • Visit 2-3 external partners based in New York City that are active in the space of technology and innovation
  • Have a fun and inspiring internship experience


PURPOSE of the assignment: 

We are seeking an intern to support the UNICEF Innovation Venture Fund in building out our work on innovation for children with disabilities.

Main tasks:

  • Mapping out start-ups and technology solutions for children with disabilities using new augmentative and assistive communication tools
  • Conducting related market research identifying major trends in technology, industry, needs and gaps
  • Provide logistical and substantive support to open development meeting for start-ups and entrepreneurs working on related solutions
  • Propose focus areas and investment strategy for the Innovation Fund


  • Interns must fund themselves for their travel to the duty station, their accommodation and living expenses at the duty station during the internship. A monthly stipend might be considered on a monthly basis
  • UNICEF accepts no responsibility for the medical insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during the internship. Interns have to demonstrate a proof of medical insurance prior to the beginning of the internship and covering the full internship period.
  • Interns are personally responsible for obtaining necessary visa covering the entire period of their internship.
  • Interns are expected to provide their own laptop.


  • Currently enrolled in a graduate (Master's) or undergraduate (Bachelor's) degree in the area of international development, learning design, technology, human rights, education or related field.
  • Completed at least two years of full-time studies of the undergraduate degree.
  • Excellent academic performance, as demonstrated by academic records.
  • Demonstrated interest in innovation and technology for development, specifically on the accessibility field
  • Prior experience in open source technologies is an asset
  • Some prior knowledge or experience with UNICEF's mission an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset

Applications must include

  • cover letter
  • CV

Selected individuals will also be asked to provide the following (please do not submit these documents unless requested by UNICEF):

  • Proof of enrolment in an undergraduate or graduate programme

  • Up-to-date university transcript

  • Two letters of recommendation from a professor or professional reference – must be signed and on letterhead

  • Proof of medical insurance

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

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location:
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development
  • Closing Date: 2017-05-18

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