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WHO Internship Programme for Future Leaders in Public Health 2024 : Apply

WHO Internship Programme For future leaders in public health 2024 : Apply

Greetings, graduates and students A new call for applications for the WHO Internship Program for Future Leaders in Public Health 2024 has opened for internship seekers. Before applying, read about internships below.

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About WHO

Our team of 8000+ professionals includes the world’s leading public health experts, including doctors, epidemiologists, scientists and managers. Together, WHO coordinates the world’s response to health emergencies, promote well-being, prevent disease and expand access to health care. By connecting nations, people and partners to scientific evidence they can rely on, WHO strives to give everyone an equal chance at a safe and healthy life.

Background and context About the Internship Programme

For future leaders in public health

A competent and dynamic health workforce at the heart of each health system is essential to advance global health goals. Countries need a pool of health professionals trained and exposed to the systems and processes in the health sector and who understand how stakeholders interact within the international health arena.

WHO, as the leader in global public health issues, is committed to building a diverse pool of future leaders in public health. WHO’s Internship Programme offers a wide range of opportunities for students and recent graduates to gain insight into the technical and administrative programmes of WHO and enrich their knowledge and experience in various areas, thereby contributing to the advancement of public health.

What are the objectives?

  • Provide a framework for assigning eligible students from diverse academic backgrounds to WHO programmes where their educational experience can be enhanced through capacity building opportunities.
  • Provide an opportunity for WHO programmes to benefit from engagement from students specializing in various fields related to technical and administrative programmes of WHO.
  • WHO offers internships in technical areas and administrative programmes such as communication, external relations or human resources.

Who is eligible for an internship?

Age: You are at least twenty years of age on the date of application.

Education: You are enrolled in a course of study at a university or equivalent institution leading to a formal qualification (undergraduate, graduate, or postgraduate), in a public health, medical or social field related to the technical work of WHO, or in a management, administrative, communications, or external relations-related field. Applicants who have already completed a qualification may also qualify for consideration, if they apply to the internship within six months following the completion of the formal qualification. You have completed three years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution prior to starting (bachelor’s level or equivalent) the internship.

Languages: You are fluent at least in one of the working languages of the office of assignment.

Family relation: You are not related to a WHO staff member (e.g., son/daughter, brother/sister, or mother/father).

Nationality: You hold a valid passport of a WHO Member State.

Other: You have not previously participated in WHO’s Internship Programme.

How to apply?

WHO invites candidates from across the world to apply to the WHO Global Internship Programme.   

All applications must be made through the internship position vacancy notices posted on the WHO Careers site using the WHO online recruitment system (Stellis). There is no possibility to apply for an internship at WHO outside Stellis. More information on the recruitment process can be found in the FAQs section. 

Internship positions are available in various areas of work and in different organizational locations (regional offices, country offices or headquarters). As internship opportunities are posted on a continuous basis, with each containing different requirements and application deadlines, we encourage you to check the internship page regularly for new opportunities.

Benefits of the WHO Internship Programme

WHO provides all interns with medical and accident insurance coverage during the duration of the internship period. Insurance coverage before the start date of the internship and after the end date of the internship, including travel to and from the duty station location, is the sole personal and financial responsibility of the individual intern.  

As of January 2020, WHO provides living allowance to eligible selected interns who need financial support. All interns must complete a legal Declaration of Interests form. This form requires intern candidates to declare any relevant financial disclosures, including any financial support in the form of grants bursaries, scholarships, etc. Based on the information provided in this form, the  intern candidates’ eligibility to receive financial support from WHO will be assessed.  

Lunch vouchers may be provided at some duty stations.

Candidate obligations BEFORE an internship offer is extended

  • Interns must be available to work full-time for a minimum of six (6) weeks up to a maximum of 24 weeks duration, depending on the needs of the WHO technical unit.
  • Interns must provide proof of enrolment in a course of studies or proof of completion of their last qualification.​
  • Interns must disclose any circumstances that could give rise to a potential conflict of interest related to the subject of the activity in which they will be involved during their assignment (Declaration of Interest) including financial support for the internship. ​
  • Interns must provide the completed WHO medical certificate of fitness for work form prior to the start of their internship.​
  • Interns are requested not to send any documents until specifically asked to do so.

Current Open Internships

Why should you work at WHO ?

Working at the World Health Organization (WHO) can offer several compelling reasons:

Global impact: WHO is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health. By working at WHO, you have the opportunity to make a global impact on critical health issues that affect populations around the world. WHO’s work encompasses a wide range of areas, including disease prevention and control, health systems strengthening, emergency response, health policy development, and the promotion of health equity. You can contribute to shaping global health policies, strategies, and guidelines that have a direct impact on improving health outcomes and saving lives.

Public health leadership: WHO is recognized as a global leader in public health. Working at WHO allows you to be part of a prestigious organization that sets global health standards, provides technical expertise, and coordinates international efforts to address health challenges. You can collaborate with leading experts in various health fields, engage with governments, academia, civil society, and other stakeholders, and contribute to shaping the global health agenda.

Multidisciplinary and diverse work: WHO’s work spans a wide range of disciplines, including epidemiology, infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases, environmental health, health systems, and more. Working at WHO offers opportunities for professionals from diverse backgrounds, such as medicine, public health, research, policy, and management. You can engage in multidisciplinary projects, collaborate with experts from different fields, and gain exposure to a broad range of health issues and approaches.

Emergency response and preparedness: WHO plays a crucial role in responding to global health emergencies, such as disease outbreaks, pandemics, and natural disasters. Working at WHO allows you to be part of emergency response teams, providing technical expertise, coordinating global efforts, and supporting countries in their response and preparedness activities. You can contribute to efforts that save lives, minimize the impact of emergencies, and strengthen health systems to prevent future crises.

Evidence-based decision-making: WHO is committed to evidence-based decision-making and the generation of scientific knowledge. Working at WHO provides opportunities to engage in research, data analysis, and evidence synthesis to inform health policies and interventions. You can contribute to the production of authoritative guidelines and reports, conduct research studies, and contribute to the global knowledge base on health issues.

Collaborative and inclusive work environment: WHO values collaboration, inclusivity, and diversity in its workforce. Working at WHO offers the opportunity to work with colleagues from different countries, cultures, and professional backgrounds. WHO fosters a supportive and inclusive work environment that respects and values diverse perspectives, encourages innovation, and promotes teamwork. You can engage in collaborative projects, learn from colleagues with varied experiences, and contribute to a culture of mutual respect and learning.

Professional development and learning opportunities: WHO invests in the professional development of its staff members. Working at WHO provides access to various learning initiatives, training programs, and knowledge-sharing platforms. You can enhance your skills, expand your knowledge on public health topics, and stay updated with the latest research and best practices in the field. WHO’s commitment to professional growth allows you to develop expertise in areas relevant to global health and advance your career in public health.

It’s important to note that the specific experiences and benefits of working at WHO may vary depending on the specific role, location, and individual circumstances. It is advisable to research further and explore specific job opportunities and requirements to determine if working at WHO aligns with your career goals and aspirations.

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