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Policy and Advocacy Intern

Organization Overview 
UNICEF USA (UUSA) is a private, independent, U.S. nonprofit that exists to deliver impact for children. UNICEF USA advances the global mission of UNICEF by rallying the American public to support the world’s most vulnerable children. We are driven by a shared objective that every child is healthy, educated, protected, and respected. Headquartered in New York City, UNICEF USA has nearly 300 employees across the U.S. with nine regional offices. This year, UNICEF USA raised over $1B in private sector support, advanced legislation, and secured government resources to deliver impact for children. For more information, visit  
Position:                     Policy and Advocacy Intern 
Location:           Nationwide/Remote 
FLSA Status:        Non-Exempt
Salary:             $15/hour
Position Description:
The Advocacy team seeks an intern to assist with advancing UNICEF USA’s advocacy priorities focusing on ending child marriage in the United States and expanding access to mental health services for children in the U.S. This internship will play a critical role in the success of UNICEF USA’s domestic policy s trategy for the fiscal year . UNICEF USA’s Advocacy team provides United States volunteers with the information and tools needed to engage policymakers on actions that empower and protect children. The internship will provide the candidate with experience related to state legislature engagement, project management, and UNICEF USA’s advocacy and policy priorities. The chosen candidate will sit on the Advocacy team and may interface with external departments as needed.  
This internship would provide an opportunity to:   
  • Learn about the harmful impacts of child marriage and how child marriage affects children abroad and in the United States  
  • Engage on policy and advocacy efforts focused on mental health globally and in the U.S.  
  • Work alongside partner organizations to introduce and pass new legislation at a state-level to end child marriage in the U.S. as well as strengthen legislation s that would help bolster mental health and psychosocial support for children and youth   
  • Explore the importance of advocacy and grassroots mobilization for policy change  
  • Engage elected officials in support of UNICEF’s work  
Key Responsibilities/Projects:    
  • Assist in implementing UUSA’s domestic policy and advocacy strategy specifically around ending child marriage and mental health support    
  • Serve as UNICEF USA staff representative on coalition calls with partner organizations  
  • Develop and pitch advocacy ideas to Advocacy Team and other UUSA departments  
  • Work closely with U.S. Programs team to mobilize UUSA supporters in states/municipalities with pending legislation  
  • Draft legislative one-pagers and materials for supporters and legislators   
  • Provide light support in the execution of advocacy events as needed  
  • Must be a current student enrolled in a college or university degree program   
  • Majoring in Public Policy, Government/Political Science, or International Relations preferred  
  • Candidate must be able to work well in a non-partisan manner   
  • Previous experience working/interning in a state legislator’s office or c ongressional office is preferred  
  • 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 a resourceful and energetic with the ability to manage multiple priorities and work autonomously with attention to detail   
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written  
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule that includes limited weekend or evening commitments   
  • Must have reliable access to an internet connection   
  • Fluency in Zoom, 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  
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