Are you an international student looking for a unique opportunity to contribute to global health? The World Health Organization (WHO) is offering an exciting internship as part of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2024. This is a fantastic chance to be involved in a critical public health project and gain invaluable experience at a leading global health organization.
WHO Internship Programme Overview
The WHO’s GPEI aims to protect future generations from polio paralysis. With a focus on halting poliovirus transmission in endemic countries and responding effectively to outbreaks in polio-free regions, this program is a cornerstone in the fight against polio.
Interns receive a living allowance (up to CHF 1620 per month in Geneva) and a daily lunch allowance. WHO also covers accident and medical insurance.
- Location: Geneva, Switzerland
- Duration: Tentative commencing date is March 18, 2024
- Work Type: Full-time
- Organization: HQ/POL Polio Eradication DGO
Duties and Learning Opportunities
As an intern, you will support the Containment Team (CNT) under the supervision of a technical officer. Your duties will include assisting with the CNT SharePoint, managing data and documents, drafting reports, and participating in ongoing projects. This internship will help you understand the global health landscape, particularly in poliovirus containment, and develop skills in data analysis, report drafting, and project coordination.
- Education: Completion of three years of full-time university studies, currently enrolled in a public health-related course.
- Skills: Teamwork, respect for cultural differences, effective communication, willingness to learn from mistakes, and proficiency in standard computer programs.
- Experience: Laboratory sciences, microbiology, science communications, research, data analysis, and field experience are valuable.