Contractual Arrangement: Intern

Contract duration: Minimum six weeks and maximum six months

Job Posting: Jun 27, 2017, 1:07:27 PM

Closing Date: Jul 28, 2017, 3:29:00 AM

Primary Location: Multiple locations

Organization: EU/DAF Division of Administration and Finance

Schedule: Full-time

Objectives of the WHO internship program:

  • To provide a framework for assigning students from diverse academic backgrounds to WHO programs, where educational experience can be enhanced through practical work assignments;
  • To expose students to the work of WHO; and
  • To provide WHO programs with the assistance of students specializing in various fields. Most students are placed in health-related programs, although other disciplines can be considered as appropriate.

Additionally, there are limited possibilities for students in disciplines such as Information Technology, Communications and Media Relations, Human Resources, Business Administration and/or Public Administration, Legal.



Under the supervision of a technical expert in the respective area, interns are assigned a project based on agreed terms of references and in line with their skills set. These terms of references typically include some or all of the following responsibilities:

  • Review literature, literature surveys
  • Undertake web research and data collection on specific subject area
  • Organize data and documents
  • Assist in drafting, formatting and editing policy briefs, toolkits, guides/manuals, hand-outs, brochures, and reports
  • Participate in on-going departmental projects
  • Assist in organizing workshops, events


Applicants must meet the following requirements:

Have completed three years of full-time studies (bachelor’s level or equivalent) at a university or equivalent institution prior to commencing the assignment; AND be enrolled in a course of study at a university or equivalent institution leading to a formal qualification (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).


  • Core competences
  • Team work
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural difference
  • Communication

All interns should possess the following skills in line with the WHO core competencies:

  • Communicating effectively orally and in writing
  • Showing willingness to learn from mistakes
  • Producing and delivering quality results
  • Working collaboratively with team members


Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participating in the internship program at WHO. However, depending on the area of interest, the below experience may be needed and/or would be an advantage:

  • Experience in research and in drafting reports
  • Experience in the subject area through academic work or research
  • Field and/or developing country experience
  • Experience with data analysis, statistical packages and interest in the design of graphical display and analysis of health information in an international comparative perspective, such as for health system performance assessment
  • More specific experience such as specialized computer programs
  • Use of language skills
  • Interns should have a good working knowledge of English (reading, writing and speaking).

Additional Requirements:

  • Be at least twenty years of age on the date of application
  • Be able to work full-time
  • Not be related to a staff member (e.g. son/daughter, brother/sister or mother/father)
  • Have not previously participated in WHO’s Internship Programme
  • Hold a valid passport of a WHO Member State.

Additional Information:

Please note that internships at WHO are very competitive and only a small number of applicants will be accepted every year. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

WHO Internships are not paid. Living abroad is expensive and finding accommodation can be challenging. All intern candidates should be aware of these factors before they consider applying for a WHO Internship.

Interns will be responsible for applying, obtaining, and financing the necessary visas – if needed.

WHO accepts no responsibility for medical insurance of interns or costs arising from illness incurred during an internship

Interns are not eligible for appointment to any position in WHO for a period of three months following the end of the internship.

If selected for a WHO Internship, you will be required to provide certified copies of proof of enrollment in a course of studies, transcript of university course work/records of current studies, supporting letter from a Professor, and proof of personal medical insurance (illness) coverage.

Interviews are usually used as a form of screening.

All applications for WHO Internships are made available to technical units for review. The period of time for this review is indeterminate.

We strongly recommend that candidates also upload a motivation letter in their application.

WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.

Office Locations WHO Regional Office for Europe

WHO Regional Office for Europe, Denmark; WHO Country Office, Albania; WHO Country Office, Armenia; WHO Country Office, Azerbaijan; WHO Country Office, Belarus; WHO Country Office, Bosnia and Herzegovina; WHO Country Office, Bulgaria; WHO Country Office, Croatia; WHO Country Office, Czech Republic; WHO Country Office, Estonia; WHO Country Office, Georgia; WHO Country Office, Hungary; WHO Country Office, Kazakhstan; WHO Country Office, Kyrgyzstan; WHO Country Office, Latvia; WHO Country Office, Lithuania; WHO Country Office, Montenegro; WHO Country Office, Poland; WHO Country Office, Republic of Moldova; WHO Country Office, Romania; WHO Country Office, Russian Federation; WHO Country Office, Serbia; WHO Country Office, Slovakia; WHO Country Office, Slovenia; WHO Country Office, Tajikistan; WHO Country Office, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; WHO Country Office, Turkey; WHO Country Office, Turkmenistan; WHO Country Office, Ukraine; WHO Country Office, Uzbekistan;

WHO European Centre for Health Policy, Brussels – Belgium;

WHO Representation to the European Union, Brussels – Belgium;

WHO Project Office, Greece

WHO Barcelona Office for Health Systems Strengthening, Barcelona – Spain

WHO European Office for Investment for Health and Development, Venice – Italy

WHO European Centre for Environment and Health, Bonn – Germany

WHO European Centre for Primary Health Care, Almaty – Kazakhstan

WHO European Office for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases, Moscow – Russian Federation

For more details, please CLICK HERE 

Hey, you have a notice? Mail it to to publish it on Acadman.