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World Health Organisation (WHO) 2020-2021 Internship Programme

The World Health Organization (WHO) as the leader in global public health issues is committed to building future leaders in public health.

Participants include both students and young professionals from different cultural, academic, as well as geographic backgrounds with a common interest: a motivation to pursue a career in supporting public health. Interns/volunteers come from the region of the Africa, and Asia. WHO had interns from Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, Saudi Arabia, Romania, Turkey, Japan, Jamaica to name a few. They are from various academic backgrounds, from international politics, political sciences, computer sciences, marketing finances, biology, journalism and public health, to political communications and video editing.

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About World Health Organisation (WHO)

WHO began when their Constitution came into force on 7 April 1948 – a date we now celebrate every year as World Health Day. WHO works worldwide to promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable. WHO goal is to ensure that a billion more people have universal health coverage, to protect a billion more people from health emergencies, and provide a further billion people with better health and well-being. WHO, as the directing and coordinating authority on international health within the United Nations system, adheres to the UN values of integrity, professionalism and re... read more


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WHO Internship Programme


Aim and Benefits of WHO Internship Programme

  1. WHO’s Internship Programme offers a wide range of opportunities for students to gain insight in the technical and administrative programmes of WHO.
  2. 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.
  3. WHO provides to all interns a medical and accident insurance. All costs of travel and accommodation are the responsibility of the intern candidate.

Requirements for WHO Internship Programme Qualification

  1. You are at least twenty years of age on the date of application;
  2. 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);
  3. 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;
  4. 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;
  5. You are not related to a WHO staff member (e.g., son/daughter, brother/sister, or mother/father);
  6. You are fluent at least in one of the working language of the office of assignment; and
  7. You have not previously participated in WHO’s Internship Programme.

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Application Deadline

February 25, 2020


How to Apply

 If you are interested in completing an internship at a WHO office please follow the relevant below link(s). You will find information on the application process and additional information on WHO’s Internship Programme on the website of the respective office. Choose to apply in any of the offices via the links below:

  1. WHO Headquarters
  2. WHO Regional Office for Africa ([email protected])
  3. WHO Regional Office for the Americas
  4. WHO Regional Office for Europe
  5. WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean
  6. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia
  7. WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific

WHO Heaquarters in out-posted offices also accepts interns

  1. WHO Global Service Centre (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia): [email protected]
  2. WHO Kobe Centre (Kobe, Japan): [email protected]
  3. WHO Lyon Office (Lyon, France): [email protected]
  4. WHO Office at the United Nations (New York, United States of America):[email protected]

For more details, visit WHO website


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