WHO Internship Programme for Graduate and Postgraduate International Students (Stipends + 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 a limited period of time: do not miss the deadlines! 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 apply to 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.
  • You have not previously participated in WHO’s Internship Programme.
  • You hold a valid passport of a WHO Member State. 
Eligible groups
Citizens of any WHO Member state

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
Most students are placed in health-related programmes, although other disciplines can be considered as appropriate such as communication, external relations or human resources. So, wide variety of areas: medicine, public health, social fields related to technical work of WHO, management-related, administration, etc.

Internship duration
The duration of WHO internships is between 6-24 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.

As of January 2020, WHO provides stipends to students who need support. After selection, the interns will fill a disclosure form to indicate if they already have support (grant / scholarships, etc.). Based on this disclosure form, WHO will provide stipends up to a specific amount per duty station. The amount will be indicated for each position the students apply to.

WHO provides to all interns a medical and accident insurance. All costs of travel and accommodation are the responsibility of the intern candidate.

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 vacancies posted on the WHO Careers site using the WHO corporate recruitment system (Stellis).

The Internship vacancies are opened each year for a limited period of time. Don’t miss the application deadlines !

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 a limited period of time: from 1 September – 15 October for an internship starting 1 January – 30 June; and from 10 January – 25 February for an internship starting 1 July – 31 December.

By 1 December, WHO will inform all selected candidates who applied in September and October. If you have not received any message from WHO by 1 December 2019, it means that you have not been selected. You may apply again if you are still interested.

For candidates who applied in January and February 2020, no information by 15 April 2020 means that you have not been selected. You may apply again if you are still interested.

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: 25 February 2020
Open for International Students: Yes

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