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Monday, January 05, 2009

TweetThis! Internship: HSE Summer 2009 WHO Geneva Switzerland

The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.

Vacancy Notice No: HQ/08//ISHI26
Title: Internship - HSE Summer 2009
Grade: P level
Contract type: Internship
Duration of contract: 6 - 12 weeks
Date: 30 November 2008
Deadline for application : 31 January 2009
Currently accepting applications
Duty Station: Geneva Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/HSE/INTERNS (INTERNS)


The WHO internship programme has three objectives: (a) to provide a framework for assigning students from diverse academic backgrounds to WHO programmes, where educational experience can be enhanced through practical work assignments; (b) to expose students to the work of WHO and (c) to provide WHO programmes with the assistance of students specializing in various fields. Most students are placed in health-related programmes, although other disciplines can be considered as appropriate.

Description of duties:

Under the supervision of a professional in the department concerned, interns

typically contribute to some or all of the following responsibilities:

- review literature
- undertake research in a particular subject area
- collate information on topics related to the subject area
- organize data and documents
- develop tools and guidelines
- draft reports
- participate in on-going departmental projects



Minimum of three years university studies, ideally a first degree, in medical or social science or a field related to the technical work of WHO. The intern must be a student during the internship. Additionally there are limited possibilities for students from disciplines such as Information Technology, Media Relations, Human Resources, Business Administration and/or Public Administration.


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
- Respecting and promoting difference

In addition, interns need to be familiar with commonly used computer programmes, such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint. Knowledge of specialised computer programmes may be an advantage.


Experience in research and in drafting reports would be preferred. Experience in the subject area through academic work or research would be an advantage.

Field and/or developing country experience would be an advantage.

More specific experience such as statistics or specialised computer programmes may be needed for some internships.


Interns should have a good working knowledge or English and/or French and should possess some knowledge of the other.

Knowledge of other UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish) would be an advantage.

Additional Information:

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

Interns must be minimum 20 years of age and be enrolled in a course of study leading to a formal qualification (graduate or post-graduate) to be eligible for the program. All internships at WHO are unpaid and full-time.

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.

Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: www.who.int/employment. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.

All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

Any appointment/ extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

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