About the Organisation
World Health Organisation (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority on international health within the United Nations system. WHO has 194 Member States and more than 7000 people working in 150 country offices, in 6 regional offices and at headquarter in Geneva. WHO offers internships globally in our country and regional offices, as well as at headquarters.
You are applying to the WHO generic internship roster which is published twice a year. The roster will be made available to all WHO major offices from where direct contact will be made with suitable candidates only. In completing your profile, you will be able to choose up to 3 different work areas of interest.
Nature/ Type of Internship
The WHO internship programme has three objectives:
- to provide a framework for assigning students from diverse academic backgrounds to WHO programmes, where educational experience can be enhanced through practical work assignments;
- to expose students to the work of WHO and
- to provide WHO programmes with the assistance of students specializing in various fields. Most students are placed in health-related programmes, although placements in other area of work like for example communication, external relations, finance or human resources are also possible.
Under the supervision of a technical expert in the respective area, interns are assigned a project based on agreed terms of references and in line with their skills set.
- Interns who have completed three years of full-time studies (bachelor’s level or equivalent) at a university or equivalent institution prior to commencing the assignment; AND be enrolled in a course of study at a university or equivalent institution leading to a formal qualification (applicants who have already graduated may also qualify for consideration provided that they start the internship within six months after completion of their formal qualification).
- Interns need to be familiar with commonly used computer programmes, such as Word, Excel, Power Point. Knowledge of specialized computer programmes, for example, statistical software such as XLStat may be an advantage.
- Fluency in one of WHO’s working languages (reading, writing and speaking). WHO official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish
For more information click here.
Multiple offices of WHO
Duration of Internship
Mininum 6 weeks – Maximum 24 weeks
- Please note that internships at WHO are very competitive and only a small number of applicants will be accepted every year. Only successful candidates will be contacted.
- WHO Internships are not paid. Living abroad is expensive and finding accommodation can be challenging. All intern candidates should be aware of these factors before they consider applying for a WHO Internship.
- Interns are not eligible for appointment to any position in WHO for a period of three months following the end of the internship.
- If selected for a WHO Internship, you will be required to provide certified copies of proof of enrolment in a course of studies and a medical certificate of fitness for work.
To apply, click here.
Application Deadline: Jan 1, 2019