Internships with CIPIH

Application procedures

The World Health Organization offers internship opportunities for graduate or post-graduate university students, generally in health-related programmes. The Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation and Public Health is currently looking for interns to contribute to its areas of work. Potential canditates would ideally have a background in public health with knowledge of law and/ or economics.


(a) to provide a framework for assigning students from diverse academic backgrounds to WHO programmes, where their educational experience can be enhanced through practical work assignments;

(b) to expose them to the work of WHO and

(c) to provide WHO programmes with the assistance of students specializing in various fields.

Eligibility: Minimum age 20 years. Applicants must be enrolled in a course of study leading to a formal qualification. They must possess fluency in at least one of the working languages of the office of assignment. Good computer skills (Word/Excel) are essential. Persons related to a staff member (e.g. son/daughter, brother/sister) are not eligible for internships.

Duration: 6 weeks minimum to 12 weeks maximum.

Financial: Interns are not paid. Travel costs, travel arrangements and living accommodation are the responsibility of the intern or their sponsoring institution. Interns must have adequate medical insurance coverage.

Employment: Interns are not eligible for appointment to any position with the Organization for a period of three months following the end of the internship. Any employment with WHO shall be subject to established recruitment and selection procedures.

Information required: An up-to-date curriculum vitae including details on education, current studies, language and computer knowledge. Your application must include a covering letter detailing the reasons for applying, areas of interest and two letters of reference (one academic and one professional). Please provide dates of availability your precise contact details. Please submit your request by e-mail marked “CIPIH internships” to