Internship - Software Developer, Office
UNICEF - New York NY

Internship Category: Paid

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  • UNICEF works in some of the worlds toughest places, to reach the worlds 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, innovate…

    UNICEF has a 70-year history of innovating for children. We believe that new approaches, partnerships and technologies that support realizing childrens rights are critical to improving their lives.

    The Office of Innovation is a creative, interactive, and agile team in UNICEF. We sit at a unique intersection, where an organization that works on huge global issues meets the startup thinking, the technology, and the partners that turn this energy into scalable solutions.

    UNICEF’s Office of Innovation creates opportunities for the world’s children by focusing on where new markets can meet their vital needs. We do this by:
    Connecting youth communities (or more broadly – anyone disconnected or under-served) to decision-makers, and to each other, to deliver informed, relevant and sustained programmes that build better, stronger futures for children.
    Provoking change for children through an entrepreneurial approach – in a traditionally risk-averse field – to harness rapidly moving innovations and apply them to serve the needs of all children.
    Creating new models of partnership that leverage core business values across the public, private and academic sectors in order to deliver fast, and lasting results for children.
    The Office of Innovation specifically looks to form partnerships around frontier technologies (like drones and UAVs, blockchain, 21st century skills, urban technologies, new banking tools, wearables and sensors, or 3D-Printing) that exist at the intersection of $100 billion business markets and 1 billion person needs – and to identify how they can grow and scale profitably and inclusively.

    Within the Office of Innovation, the Software development team supports different project plans by implementing prototypes, following the Innovation principles that allow UNICEF country offices to test different technologies. This team works in close collaboration with project teams, including colleagues in Country and Field offices, as well as engagement with partners and with the open-source community, to contribute and support our work.

    How can you make a difference?

    We are looking for two software developer interns to join the software team this summer.

    What could be a better way to spend your summer than trying to help develop and streamline lifesaving innovations in UNICEF – one of the world’s largest organizations serving children. The UNICEF Internship Programme offers eligible/qualified students the opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF’s work under the direct supervision of experienced UNICEF staff.

    As a UNICEF Innovation Intern you will:
    Get to work on a specific project of strategic value to the team. Youll 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
    Have a fun and inspiring internship experience

    Main responsibilities will be:
    Web development and visualizations around data science insights
    Write programs to ingest data pertaining to violence and natural disasters for Colombia from monitor.umaic.org and other sources.
    Write articles about current open source projects within Innovation as well as the challenges in the field that they address.
    Scale school mapping application to host new countries and new features like visualization of temporal data.
    Assist Innovation Fund team assess the developer teams that belong to the startups that apply
    Create tools that use data for population, topography, critical resources, and roads, to help identify schools and regions in most need of infrastructure and planning for disaster prevention and response.
    Interact with external developers on the UNICEF Innovation public gitter channel.
    Make sure that Magic Box repositories conform to best practices with tools like readthedocs, codeclimate, and Travis CI.
    To qualify as an advocate for every child, you will meet the following requirements…

    Be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or Ph.D. degree programme in the area of computer science or related field, or have graduated within the past two years. Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
    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; and
    Have no other relatives in the line of authority which the intern will report to.
    Additional consideration will be given for any past experience.

      UNICEF works in some of the worlds toughest places, to reach the worlds 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, innovate…

      UNICEF has a 70-year history of innovating for children. We believe that new approaches, partnerships and technologies that support realizing childrens rights are critical to improving their lives.

      The Office of Innovation is a creative, interactive, and agile team in UNICEF. We sit at a unique intersection, where an organization that works on huge global issues meets the startup thinking, the technology, and the partners that turn this energy into scalable solutions.

      UNICEF’s Office of Innovation creates opportunities for the world’s children by focusing on where new markets can meet their vital needs. We do this by:
      Connecting youth communities (or more broadly – anyone disconnected or under-served) to decision-makers, and to each other, to deliver informed, relevant and sustained programmes that build better, stronger futures for children.
      Provoking change for children through an entrepreneurial approach – in a traditionally risk-averse field – to harness rapidly moving innovations and apply them to serve the needs of all children.
      Creating new models of partnership that leverage core business values across the public, private and academic sectors in order to deliver fast, and lasting results for children.
      The Office of Innovation specifically looks to form partnerships around frontier technologies (like drones and UAVs, blockchain, 21st century skills, urban technologies, new banking tools, wearables and sensors, or 3D-Printing) that exist at the intersection of $100 billion business markets and 1 billion person needs – and to identify how they can grow and scale profitably and inclusively.

      Within the Office of Innovation, the Software development team supports different project plans by implementing prototypes, following the Innovation principles that allow UNICEF country offices to test different technologies. This team works in close collaboration with project teams, including colleagues in Country and Field offices, as well as engagement with partners and with the open-source community, to contribute and support our work.

      How can you make a difference?

      We are looking for two software developer interns to join the software team this summer.

      What could be a better way to spend your summer than trying to help develop and streamline lifesaving innovations in UNICEF – one of the world’s largest organizations serving children. The UNICEF Internship Programme offers eligible/qualified students the opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF’s work under the direct supervision of experienced UNICEF staff.

      As a UNICEF Innovation Intern you will:
      Get to work on a specific project of strategic value to the team. Youll 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
      Have a fun and inspiring internship experience

      Main responsibilities will be:
      Web development and visualizations around data science insights
      Write programs to ingest data pertaining to violence and natural disasters for Colombia from monitor.umaic.org and other sources.
      Write articles about current open source projects within Innovation as well as the challenges in the field that they address.
      Scale school mapping application to host new countries and new features like visualization of temporal data.
      Assist Innovation Fund team assess the developer teams that belong to the startups that apply
      Create tools that use data for population, topography, critical resources, and roads, to help identify schools and regions in most need of infrastructure and planning for disaster prevention and response.
      Interact with external developers on the UNICEF Innovation public gitter channel.
      Make sure that Magic Box repositories conform to best practices with tools like readthedocs, codeclimate, and Travis CI.
      To qualify as an advocate for every child, you will meet the following requirements…

      Be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or Ph.D. degree programme in the area of computer science or related field, or have graduated within the past two years. Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
      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; and
      Have no other relatives in the line of authority which the intern will report to.
      Additional consideration will be given for any past experience.

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