WHO Internship Programmes
Course(s) Offered: Several (health, medicine, social fields, management, admin)
Course Level: Undergraduate, Postgraduate
Internship can be taken at: Worldwide (Switzerland, Country offices)
The World Health Organization (WHO) as the leader in global public health issues is committed to building future leaders in public health, medicine and other fields related to its technical work.
The WHO Internship Programme offers a wide range of opportunities for students worldwide. Please note: WHO does NOT charge for internships so beware of any programmes that "facilitate" your obtaining an internship but require payment.
Internships are generally accepted for either winter or summer period. Applications for Summer Internships commence 1 January 2017 and ends 28 February 2017.
Eligibility (who are we looking for?)
To be eligible, the following must apply:
- You are at least twenty years of age on the date of application;
- You are enrolled in a course of study at a university or equivalent institution leading to a formal qualification (graduate or postgraduate) (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);
- You have completed three years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution prior to commencing (bachelor's level or equivalent) the assignment;
- You possess a first degree in a public health, medical or social field related to the technical work of WHO or a degree in a management-related or administrative field;
- You are not related to a WHO staff member (e.g., son/daughter, brother/sister, or mother/father);
- You are fluent at least in one of the working language of the office of assignment; and
- You have not previously participated in WHO’s Internship Programme.
Citizens of ANY country
WHO headquarters (Geneva) and WHO regional / country offices worldwide (Africa, Americas, Europe, Eastern Mediterranean, South-East Asia, and Western Pacific)
Fields of study
Internships are in a wide variety of areas including Medicine, Public Health, Social fields (related to technical work of WHO), Management-related, Administration, etc. The more specific you can be in your request, the better chances there will be to suitably match you to one of the technical programmes under the internship.
Number of awards
Not specified but many are awarded every year
The duration is between 6 weeks to 3 months. Exceptionally, internships may be extended up to a maximum of 24 weeks depending on your degree requirements.
Offers a wide range of opportunities for students to gain insight into the technical and administrative programmes of WHO. Unfortunately, however, WHO internships are not paid and all costs of travel and accommodation are the responsibility of the intern or the sponsoring institution.
WHO does not charge for internships. If you encounter programmes that "facilitate" your obtaining an internship by paying money, please contact the WHO. WHO does not charge for internships.
Method of Application (How can I apply?)
Internships are available at WHO headquarters in Geneva Switzerland, and also at WHO regional or country offices spread across Africa, Americas, Europe, Eastern Mediterranean, S/E Asia, and Western Pacific.
If you are interested in completing an internship at a WHO office please follow the relevant link(s): Headquarters, Africa (email), Americas, Europe, Eastern Mediterranean, S/E Asia, and Western Pacific. You will find information on the application process and additional information on WHO's Internship Programme on the website of the respective office.
Note that WHO Headquarters also accepts interns in the following out-posted offices:
- WHO Global Service Centre (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia): email@example.com
- WHO Kobe Centre (Kobe, Japan): firstname.lastname@example.org
- WHO Lyon Office (Lyon, France): email@example.com
- WHO Office at the United Nations (New York, United States of America): firstname.lastname@example.org
To be considered for a SUMMER internship, applications are accepted between January 1 - February 28. Summer internships are usually held between May and October. To be considered for a WINTER internship, applications are accepted between August 1 - September 30 each year. Winter internships are usually held between November and April, the following year.
This is NOT a paid internship.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) that is concerned with international public health. It was established on 7 April 1948, with its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. WHO is a member of the United Nations Development Group. Its predecessor, the Health Organization, was an agency of the League of Nations.
Application Deadline: 28 February 2017
Open for International Students: Yes
More Internship Information and Application
Related: List of Internships for International Students