Internship - Junior Archivist - AMS/DFAM, NYHQ (6 Months)

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 25 February 2020
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 12 March 2020

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, hope

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.

The UNICEF Archives’ goal is to take a systemic approach to preserving the organization’s institutional heritage. It aims to provide improved archival preservation of both physical and digital materials and creating platforms for access through developing viable archival descriptions as well as engaging modern access platforms that satisfy client research needs. The Archives also aims to engage technology solutions through making use of new digital preservation capabilities. These goals will be implemented in line with the organizational strategy and information management requirements of stakeholders in various business areas.

How can you make a difference?

UNICEF offers the opportunity for talented students to gain professional experience while being exposed to the work of UNICEF. At the same time, UNICEF benefits from interns as a significant asset by providing updated academic knowledge and valuable skill to the organization. The archives Intern will develop archival management skills and contribute to the building up of a viable archival repository that preserves and packages its information resources for easy and effective access. The intern will report to the UNICEF Archives expert Archivist. This internship will be for a period of 6 months.

Key Responsibilities:

The selected candidate will work directly with UNICEF’s archivists on selected archives management activities which include:

Processing archival records according to the General International Standard Archival Description [ISAD(G)];

Housing archival records in archival folders and boxes and other repository management duties;

Create finding aids, and perform data entry;

Preparation of physical records for their digitization;

Any other duties as required.


Creation of Archival Finding aids

Descriptive Metadata lists

Digitization of archival items with proper metadata 

Archival items stored in appropriate folders and boxes properly labelled


Travel is not required.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

Professional Experience:

Demonstrated understanding of international archival standards, including ISAD(G);

Demonstrated understanding of archival metadata and its application;

Eligibility Requirements

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

Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or Ph.D. degree programme orhave graduated within the past two years. Have a valid US student visa and be able to work legally in the US during the duration of the internship. Have excellent academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records. Have no immediate relatives (e.g. father, mother, brother, sister) working in any UNICEF office. Have no other relatives in the line of authority which the intern will report to. Arrive with your own a working computer.

Language Requirements: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

This vacancy is archived.

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