WHO Internship Programme for International Students

WHO Internship Programme for International StudentsSubjects: Several (see below)
Level: Postgraduate
Provider: WHO
For Which Country: Worldwide

Description: The World Health Organization (WHO) as the leader in global public health issues is committed to building future leaders in public health. WHO’s Internship Programme offers a wide range of opportunities for students to gain insight in the technical and administrative programmes of WHO.


  • You are enrolled in a Degree Programme in a graduate school (second university degree or higher) both at the time of application and during the internship.
  • You have completed at least three years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree.
  • You are at least 20 years old.
  • 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.
  • You are fluent in the working language of the office of assignment.

Eligible Groups: Any international student enrolled in a Degree Programme in a Graduate school (second university degree or higher). Interns must possess a passport of a WHO Member State.
Persons related to a WHO staff member, i.e., son/daughter, brother/sister are not eligible for an internship.

Participating Institutions: World Health Organization (WHO) – Geneva and Regional / Country Offices

Fields of Study: Internships are available in a wide variety of areas related to the technical work of WHO. The more specific you can be in your request, the better chances there will be to match you to one of our technical programmes, internships in Geneva, Switzerland.

When you are ready to apply, please select one area within WHO.

  • Director-General’s Office,
  • Communications,
  • Family, Women and Children’s Health,
  • General Management,
  • Health Security and Environment,
  • Health Systems and Services,
  • HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases,
  • Information, Evidence and Research,
  • Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health,
  • Polio, Emergencies and Country Collaboration

Number of awards: Not specified

Sponsorship duration: The duration of WHO internships is between six weeks to three months. Exceptionally, internships may be extended up to a maximum of 24 weeks depending on your degree requirements. Unfortunately, WHO internships are not paid and all costs of travel and accommodation are the responsibility of the intern or the sponsoring institution.

Internship benefits: WHO’s Internship Programme offers a wide range of opportunities for students to gain insight in the technical and administrative programmes of WHO.

Method of Application

  • You are invited to create a profile in WHO’s e-Recruitment system. This includes details regarding your education, current studies, language and computer skills.
  • You will also need to write a Cover Letter to express your motivation for applying for a WHO Internship (maximum length – three paragraphs).
  • To apply, please follow the instructions on this website where you will find further information on our programme and advertised Internship opportunities.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The application links on this website are for internships in Geneva, Switzerland. If you are interested in applying for an internship in one of our regional or country offices where a limited number of internships may be available, please contact that regional office directly by following the links below.

  • WHO African Region
  • WHO Region of the Americas
  • WHO South-East Asia Region
  • WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region
  • WHO Western Pacific Region

Application Dates and Deadlines:

  • Summer (May to October)
    To be considered for a Summer Internship, applications are accepted between December 1 – January 31 each year.
  • Winter (November to April)
    To be considered for a Winter Internship, applications are accepted between September 1 – October 31 each year.

Contact: If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at interns@euro.who.int

Deadline: Dec 1-Jan 31 (summer); Sept 1-Oct 31 (winter) each year

Open to International students: Yes

Is this paid internship? No