WHO Employment

WHO Internship Programme

What do we offer?

The World Health Organization (WHO) as the leader in global public health issues is committed to building future leaders in public health. WHO's Internship Programme offers a wide range of opportunities for students to gain insight in 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.

Who are we looking for?

  • 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 apply for an internship within six months of completion of their formal qualification may also qualify for consideration).
  • You have completed three years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution prior to commencing 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 fluent in the working language of the office of assignment.

How can I 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 the end of this website. You will find additional information on WHO's Internship Programme throughout the website.

To find out more, please click on the link below:



Key WHO Information

Director-General
Director-General and senior management

Governance of WHO
WHO Constitution, Executive Board and World Health Assembly

Media centre
News, events, fact sheets, multimedia and contacts

International travel and health
Publication on travel risks, precautions and vaccination requirements

World Health Report
Annual report on global public health and key statistics