The World Health Organization (WHO) is seeking talented and driven individuals to join its Internship Programme, designed to groom future leaders in public health. This unique opportunity offers an invaluable chance to gain insights into the technical and administrative programmes of WHO, a global leader in addressing public health challenges.

Programme Objectives:

  • – Provide a framework for eligible students from diverse academic backgrounds to enhance their educational experience through capacity-building opportunities within WHO programmes.
  • – Enable WHO programmes to benefit from the engagement of students specializing in various fields related to the organization’s technical and administrative work.
  • – Offer internships in technical areas, as well as administrative programmes like communication, external relations, and human resources.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Age: Applicants must be at least 20 years old on the date of application.
  • Education: Enrolled in a university or equivalent institution, pursuing a formal qualification (undergraduate, graduate, or postgraduate) in public health, medical, or social fields related to WHO’s technical work, or in management, administrative, communications, or external relations-related fields. Recent graduates who have completed their qualifications within six months may also apply.
  • Academic Standing: Completion of at least three years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution (bachelor’s level or equivalent) before starting the internship.
  • Language Proficiency: Fluency in at least one of the working languages of the assigned office.
  • Relationship: Applicants must not be related to any WHO staff member.
  • Nationality: Possession of a valid passport from a WHO Member State.
  • Previous Experience: Applicants should not have previously participated in WHO’s Internship Programme.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Interns will be assigned to various WHO programmes, where they will have the opportunity to contribute to the advancement of public health by:

  • – Assisting with research, data analysis, and report writing.
  • – Supporting the development and implementation of projects and initiatives.
  • – Participating in meetings, conferences, and other events related to their assigned programme.
  • – Providing administrative and logistical support as needed.


  • – Medical and accident insurance coverage during the internship period.
  • – Living allowance for eligible interns who need financial support (subject to assessment based on a Declaration of Interests form).

– Lunch vouchers may be provided at some duty stations.

Application Process:

Interested candidates should apply through the internship position vacancy notices posted on the WHO Careers site using the WHO online recruitment system (Stellis). Applications outside of Stellis will not be considered.

Internship opportunities are available in various areas of work and different organizational locations (regional offices, country offices, or headquarters). As new positions are posted on a continuous basis, candidates are encouraged to check the internship page regularly for updates.

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