World Health Organisation (WHO) Internships are managed by direct application to WHO, but if you are a successful applicant you may be able to request for this to be an approved CDF activity through the Graduate School placement program. Talk to the Graduate School how this would apply under usual eligibility conditions. Most students are placed in health-related programs, although other disciplines can be considered.

The objectives of the WHO Internship program are to

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

A wide range of options are available across WHO's regional offices. Some will specify specific projects, while others will request you notify them of your areas of interst.  Pay careful attention to the details listed on the respective WHO office's internships page. These are listed below. 


The successful candidate will meet the following criteria.

  • You are at least twenty years of age on the date of application;
  • you are enrolled in a course of study at a university or equivalent institution leading to a formal qualification (graduate or postgraduate) (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);
  • you have completed three years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution prior to commencing (bachelor's level or equivalent) the assignment;
  • 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 not related to a WHO staff member (e.g., son/daughter, brother/sister, or mother/father);
  • you are fluent at least in one of the working language of the office of assignment; and
  • you have not previously participated in WHO’s Internship program.

How to apply

For details on the range of areas and opportunities visit the WHO Internship website. Note, each office follows different procedures, be sure to read them carefully before applying. 

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