Applications now open for UNICEF Canada International Policy Internship 2023


UNICEF is the world’s farthest-reaching humanitarian organization for children. Across 190 countries and territories, and in the world’s toughest places, we work day in and day out to help children survive. To defend their rights. To keep them protected, healthy and educated. To give them a fair chance to fulfil their potential. Our work for every child relies entirely on voluntary support, including donations from generous Canadians.

About the internship

The main policy and advocacy work of the intern will focus on children’s rights to health and immunization, education, and nutrition. With COVID-19 significantly impacting the lives of children and families in Canada and around the world, we want to ensure that Canada builds back better by ensuring that children and youth are at the heart of the recovery.

Globally, the COVID-19 pandemic unleashed a world of crisis that has worsened global inequalities in child rights, and eroded hard-won progress on child survival, access to education, health, nutrition and protection and discrimination. It has both revealed and exacerbated these overlapping crises, compounding the impacts of increasing humanitarian emergencies, protracted conflicts and the climate crisis. To respond to these challenges, UNICEF Canada will work to ensure Canada protects, develops and commits to integrated health, nutrition, education, and child protection initiatives to realize the rights of the most marginalized children around the world.

Internship Duration

May to December internship; part time; 3 days; 22.5 hours per week; flexible location)


The responsibilities of this internship will include:

  • Work closely with the International Advocacy Specialist to support policy and advocacy priorities to advance UNICEF Canada’s international advocacy objectives.
  • Assist in research and analysis of the Government of Canada’s ongoing and emerging priorities and initiatives in foreign policy and international assistance as these relate to children and non-discrimination.
  • Assist in monitoring political and public discourse on international and humanitarian policy as these relate to children and non-discrimination, and Canada’s position.
  • Assist in drafting briefing notes, as required.
  • Contribute to the development of official correspondence to educate, influence and support the adoption of children’s rights by decision-makers and influencers.
  • Attend meetings with national and international stakeholders and produce meeting minutes, as needed.
  • Contribute to communications as this relates to international policy and advocacy, as needed.
  • Develop a working knowledge of UNICEF’s overall policies and programs.


Compensation: $23.15 per hour

How to apply

For consideration, please submit your resume and cover letter to by May 19, 2023. Please attach your cover letter (including salary expectations) and resume as one document and reference “UNICEF Canada International Policy Internship” clearly in the subject heading.

UNICEF Canada sincerely thanks all applicants for their expressed interest in this opportunity, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Consistent with our Child Safeguarding Policy, the successful candidate must receive clearance by a police background check, including a vulnerable sector screen.

UNICEF Canada is an inclusive workplace and is committed to championing diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the requirements for the position.

Official advert >>>UNICEF_Canada_International_Policy_Internship_May_2023.pdf

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