The World Health Organization (WHO) invites applications for internships from young students the world over for its 2020 cycle. As the leader in global public health issues, WHO is committed to building future leaders in public health. WHO’s Internship Programme offers a wide range of opportunities for students to gain insight into the technical and administrative programmes of WHO.
The duration of WHO internships is between six to 12 weeks. Exceptionally, internships may be extended up to a maximum of 24 weeks depending on the needs of the WHO technical unit and your availability. WHO internships are not paid and all costs of travel and accommodation are the responsibility of the intern candidate.
Worth of Award
- You are at least twenty years of age on the date of application.
- You have completed three years of full-time studies (bachelor’s level or equivalent) at a university or equivalent institution prior to commencing the assignment; or
- You are enrolled in an advanced degree programme in a graduate school (second university degree, equivalent, or higher) at the time of application. Applicants who have already graduated may also qualify for consideration provided that they apply to the internship within six months after completion of their formal qualification; or
- You possess a first degree in public health, medical or social field related to the technical work of WHO or a degree in a management-related or administrative field, and are applying for an internship within six months of graduation.
- You are fluent in the working language of the office of assignment (English or French for WHO Headquarters)
- You have not previously participated in the WHO’s Internship Programme.
- You hold a valid passport of a WHO Member State.
Conditions of WHO Headquarters internships
- The duration of WHO internships is between a minimum of 6 weeks to a maximum of 12 weeks on a full-time basis. Exceptionally, internships may be extended up to 24 weeks to respond to special academic requirements or particular needs of the receiving programme.
- WHO internships are not paid. Travel costs, travel arrangements (including visas), and living accommodations are the responsibility of the intern or their sponsoring institution.
- WHO does not sign any agreements, proposed or required by a sponsor, university or equivalent institution.
- Persons related to a WHO staff member, i.e., son/daughter, brother/sister are not eligible for an internship.
- Interns must possess a passport of a WHO Member State.
- WHO Interns must have adequate medical insurance coverage during the entire period of the internships. For Geneva-based internships, this medical coverage must include Switzerland.
- Interns may participate only once in the WHO Internship Programme.
- Interns do not have the status of WHO staff members and shall not represent the Organization in any official capacity
- WHO Interns are not eligible for appointment to any position within WHO for a period of three months following the end of their internship. Any employment with WHO at that point in time shall be subject to established recruitment and selection procedures.
How to Apply
- You are invited to complete an application for internship. This questionnaire includes providing details about your education and experience. You will be able to indicate the area of work within WHO that you are hoping to intern.
- You will be asked to write about your motivation for applying for a WHO Internship.
- To apply, please follow the instructions at their website. See link below. You will find additional information on WHO’s Internship Programme throughout the website.
Deadline: Application closes on April 15, 2020