UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children.
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The past two decades have seen important progress on child rights, yet while much has been achieved, sharp disparities remain. In most countries, inequality is higher today than a generation ago, including in middle income countries where most of the world’s poor children now live. The rapid pace of urbanization and the growing youth bulge in Africa and parts of Asia will require significant expansion of the provision of essential services for children. These challenges are compounded by the scale and complexity of crises triggered by conflict, natural disasters or epidemics. The global community faces these challenges when the political and economic environments pose challenges of their own, testing the world’s commitment to protecting the most vulnerable. In this environment, strong and consistent leadership of UNICEF is critical to enable the achievement of results for children.
UNICEF USA (UUSA) is a private, independent, U.S. nonprofit that rallies the American public to support the world’s most vulnerable children through the unmatched reach of UNICEF. Headquartered in New Yo rk City, UUSA has some 300 employees distributed across nine regional offices in the U.S. To fuel UNICEF’s life-saving work across the globe, UUSA raises nearly $600 million dollars from private sources every year and marshals its supporters to advocate for over $800 million in annual US government support. UUSA has built abroad - based movement to advocate for the well-being and protection of children globally. For more information, visit www.unicefusa.org .
Community Engagement Intern
UNICEF USA seeks a Community Engagement intern for its Houston office. The intern work in collaboration with UNICEF USA Community Engagement Associate and Regional Managing Director in the Houston office to help engage local supporters, volunteers, and partners in UNICEF USA's grassroots engagement efforts.We are currently seeking paid interns for our cohort that will commence February 9, 2021 and end May 7, 2021.
This internship would provide an opportunity to:
- Obtain project management skills through working with various stakeholders
- Learn about organizing and mobilizing the community through planning and executing events, activities, and volunteer opportunities.
- Learn about UNICEF & UNICEF USA’s mission
- Learn about child rights and programs we currently run to promote those
- Participate in real-life community engagement projects
- Support Regional Managing Director with day-to-day engagement activities through the Houston UNICEF UNITE team — UNICEF USA's grassroots organizing structure
- Work on retention of volunteers for UNICEF UNITE Houston region
- Support local volunteer activations and key organizational initiatives including, but not limited to UNICEF Kid Power, Annual Advocacy Week and other initiatives
- Assist in managing regional social media pages and communication plans for engaging with volunteers and local community partners
- Help with virtual school presentation on UNICEF 101 to inspire children and teachers in school settings to support UNICEF USA campaigns
- Assist in tracking volunteer and community engagement activities
- Must be a current student enrolled in a College or University degree program
- Interest in program management, event planning, nonprofit management, or related field preferred
- Must have experience with community organizing, volunteer management, and a passion for inspiring others (extracurricular activities, leaders of clubs etc.)
- Extensive knowledge of the community for which the candidate is applying a plus
- 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
- Proven ability to work well with a diverse group of people in a team setting; additional language(s) a plus
- Strong communication skills, both oral and written; experience working with cross-country teams a plus
- Fluency in 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
Time Frame: Spring 2021
Days per Week: Flexible
Hours per Week: 20 hours maximum
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 committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.