WHO Employment

WHO Internships

How to apply

Application Dates and Deadlines

To be considered for a summer internship, applications are accepted between December 1 - January 31 each year.

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.

To apply for a WHO Internship, please see the link at the bottom of this page.

The application process requires filling a questionnaire that covers your education, current studies, language skills and experience.

Students who lack professional experience may find it challenging to complete the expertise section. Suggestion: Review your experience in light of your academic career or any activities you've done. Show how these experiences have provided you skills and competencies to work in a team, to make decisions and to solve problems. These may relate to your actual schooling or a personal situation.

In the questionnaire, articulate your motivation for seeking a WHO Internship. Describe what type of project you feel you could contribute while interning with WHO. Tell us about your ideas. Include your dates of availability and any additional information that you feel would facilitate the selection process.

If selected for a WHO Internship, you will be asked to provide certified copies of proof of enrolment in a course of studies and proof of personal medical insurance (illness) coverage (which must include Switzerland.) Do not send these or other documents until specificially asked to do so.

All applications for WHO Internships are acknowledged when received and are made available to technical units for review. The period of time for this review is indeterminate. If you do not hear from a WHO technical unit in a reasonable period of time (say 1-2 months after the application closing date), assume that you will not be considered for a WHO internship at this time.

An important reminder: WHO Internships are not paid. Be aware that living in Geneva is expensive and finding accommodations can be challenging. All intern candidates should be aware of these factors before they consider applying for a WHO Internship. WHO does not provide financial support, so interns are encouraged to seek funding from other external sources.

Please note:
WHO does not charge for internships. If you have any questions about programmes that "facilitate" your obtaining an internship but require the paying of money, please contact: interns@who.int

Applying for funding can be time-consuming and complicated, so interns are advised to start their funding search well in advance. When applying for funding, you are likely to be requested to provide proof of offer stating that you have been accepted for an internship with the WHO. If accepted for an internship with the WHO, you will be eligible to join the online intern community (EZcollab) where additional information will be provided to you to aid you in identifying alternative sources of funding.

Warning: If selected for an internship and you are identifying accommodations in Geneva, do NOT make advance payments or provide guarantee sums in advance of your arrival. This is particularly important is someone asks you to wire funds to Western Union or a bank outside of Switzerland. Never wire money at the the request of any prospective "landlord" via Western Union, Moneygram, or any other wire service. Even if they tell you to wire the funds to a friend or relative's name "to be safe", it is a trap! Never send a scan of your passport or other ID. These thieves will use your identity to scam others. There are some situations, however, where you may need to send funds - a reasonable amount of one or two months rent - to secure a place to stay. Be careful.

If in doubt, please write interns@who.int with your query.

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Please note that all applications will remain active for a period of six months. Intern applicants not offered an internship based on their initial application are encouraged to re-apply after this period.

Please note: the application period will be open from 1 August to 30 September 2014.

The World Health Organization receives a very large number of applications each year. Please review our Frequently Asked Questions if you have questions concerning the WHO Internship Programme.
If you have additional questions, please use the email below: