WHO Internship Programme for Graduate and Postgraduate International Students (Wide range of opportunities!)

WHO Internship Programmes

Program(s) Offered: Public health, related fields
Program Level: Internship, training
Provider: World Health Organization
Internship can be taken at: Worldwide (Switzerland, Country offices)

Internship Description
A competent and dynamic health workforce at the heart of each health system is essential to advance global health goals. Countries need to have a pool of health professionals who are trained and exposed to the systems and processes in the health sector and understand how stakeholders interact within the international health arena.

WHO as the leader in global public health issues is committed to building a diverse pool of future leaders in public health. WHO's Internship Programme offers a wide range of opportunities for graduate and postgraduate students to gain insight in the technical and administrative programmes of WHO while enriching their knowledge and experience in the health field, thereby contributing to the advancement public health.

The WHO Internship Programme vacancy notices are opened each year for six months at a time: from January to June and from July to December. If you encounter programmes that "facilitate" your obtaining an internship by paying money, please contact the WHO. WHO does not charge for internships.

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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.
Eligible groups
Citizens of ANY country

Participating Institutions
WHO headquarters (Geneva) and WHO regional / country offices worldwide (Africa, Americas, Europe, Eastern Mediterranean, South-East Asia, and Western Pacific)

Fields of study
Wide variety of areas: 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

Internship duration
The duration of WHO internships is between six to twenty four weeks depending on the needs of the WHO technical unit and the intern’s availability.

Internship benefits
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.

Method of Application (How can I apply?)
Candidates from across the world are invited to express interest in specific areas of work and organizational locations (regional offices, country offices or headquarters). All applications should be made through the Global Vacancy Notice posted on the WHO Careers site using the WHO corporate recruitment system (Stellis).

Applications received for WHO Internships are made available to technical units globally for review all year round. You are welcome to apply at any time when the vacancy notice is open. A WHO technical unit can contact you at any time regarding an internship during the six months period when the Global Vacancy Notice is open. The period of time for the review of applications is, therefore, indeterminate. If you do not hear from a WHO Technical Unit during the first round of openings, you are welcome to reapply during the second period as long as you still meet the eligibility requirements.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) to commence your application

The vacancy notices are opened each year for six months at a time: from January to June and from July to December. Job postings for the second period commenced 1:37:33 PM on July 23, 2018 and will be closing at 11:59:00 PM on December 31, 2018

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: 31 December 2018
Open for International Students: Yes

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