WHO in South-East Asia

WHO internship programme

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.

Unfortunately, WHO internships are not paid and all costs of travel and accommodation are the responsibility of the intern or the sponsoring institution.

Who are we looking for?

  • 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.
  • are fluent in the working language of the office of assignment.

How can I apply?

  • To apply, you must submit a completed WHO Personal History Form (PHF) [MS Word 294] along with a duly signed Cover Letter.
  • The Cover Letter should express your motivation for applying for a WHO Internship (maximum length - three paragraphs), WHO work area of interest and dates of availability.

Applications should be sent to:

Personnel-Recruitment Unit
World Health Organization
Regional Office for South-East Asia
World Health House
Indraprastha Estate
New Delhi-110002, India

Telephone: 011-23370804
Email: seinterns@who.int

Conditions of WHO internships

  • The duration of WHO internships is between a minimum of 6 weeks to a maximum of 12 weeks. Exceptionally, internships may be extended up to 24 weeks to respond to special academic requirements or particular needs of the receiving programme.
  • WHO internships are not paid. Travel costs, travel arrangements (including visas), and living accommodations are the responsibility of the intern or their sponsoring institution.
  • Persons related to a WHO staff member, i.e., son/daughter, brother/sister are not eligible for an internship.
  • WHO Interns must have adequate medical insurance coverage during the entire period of the internships.
  • Interns may participate only once in the WHO Internship Programme.
  • Interns do not have the status of WHO staff members and shall not represent the Organization in any official capacity.
  • WHO Interns are not eligible for appointment to any position within WHO for a period of three months following the end of their internship. Any employment with WHO at that point in time shall be subject to established recruitment and selection procedures.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at seinterns@who.int.