• Voluntarily

World Health Organization is offering internship programme which provides a wide range of opportunities for graduate and postgraduate students to gain insight into the work of WHO. The applicant is at least 20 years of age on the date of application.

For the internship to be worthwhile and effective, interns will be accepted for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 3 months. Exceptionally, an internship may be extended with agreement from the technical unit concerned but cannot be longer than 6 months in duration.

WHO internships are not paid. Travel costs, travel arrangements, including visas, and living accommodation are the responsibility of the intern or their sponsoring institution.


The objectives of the internship programme are to:

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


WHO may accept applications from those who meet all of the following conditions:

  • The applicant is at least 20 years of age on the date of application.
  • The applicant is enrolled in a course of study at a university or equivalent institution leading to a formal qualification (graduate or postgraduate).
  • Applicants who apply for an internship within six months of completion of their formal qualification may also be considered.
  • The applicant has completed three years of full-time study at a university or equivalent institution prior to commencing the internship.
  • The intern is available for a minimum of six weeks and a maximum of three months. Exceptionally, through the approvals of the Head of the Technical Unit and the Director of the Division the internship period may be extended up to six months to respond to special academic requirements or particular needs of the receiving programme.
  • The applicant is fluent in at least one of the working languages of the office of the assignment.
  • The applicant is not related to a WHO staff member as defined in staff rule 410.3 (e.g., son/daughter, brother/sister, or mother/father).
  • The applicant has not previously participated in WHO’s internship programme.
Eligible Regions: Not Specified.

Application Process

The mode of application is online. Please send a detailed personal history form, including educational and practical experience, and a covering letter indicating areas of interest to the following e-mail address: intern-at-emro.who.int. The Regional Office accepts applications throughout the year.

WHO will contact you if you have been selected for an interview. Nor is it necessary or advised that intern applicants send school or other documents to WHO. If and when selected, the technical unit may ask for these supporting documents.

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