WHO Europe Internship Programme

The EASO YIU encourages colleagues to apply for WHO Europe Internship placements and as part of an ongoing collaboration between EASO and the WHO Regional Office for Europe, we are pleased to announce that the YIU will support up to three successful WHO Internship applications annually, with a grant of up to €2000 per successful applicant (max €2000 for full 12 week placement and smaller amounts for shorter placements).

In order to apply for an EASO YIU grant, you must be a member of an EASO affiliated National Association (see the EASO website for further information) and have been successfully accepted into the internship programme of the Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Programme in the Division of Noncommunicable Diseases and Life-Course at the World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe based in Copenhagen, Denmark.  Further information is available via the WHO website: http://www.who.int/employment/internship/en/.  Specific application instructions and an application form for the WHO Europe internship programme are available at http://www.who.int/employment/internship/interns/en/index.html.

Applicants must submit a 250 word application outlining why they have applied for the internship, what they hope to achieve during the internship and why they request the EASO YIU Grant. Please also outline how your internship could support the work of the WHO Nutrition, Obesity and Physical Activity Programme.  View their website and adapt your application accordingly: http://www.euro.who.int/en/what-we-do/health-topics/disease-prevention/nutrition.

This application must be received at least 6 weeks in advance of the internship start date and should be sent to [email protected] with the subject header ‘WHO Internship Grant Application’.

For further information please contact the EASO Secretariat.

What does the WHO Regional Office for Europe do?

WHO Regional Office for Europe supports the 53 Member States in the WHO European Region in developing and sustaining their national health policies, health systems and public health programmes; working to identify, prevent and overcome potential threats to health; anticipating future challenges; and advocating public health.

Its work is a two-way exchange: gathering best expertise from key partners in national and international institutions, and analysing data and the research results to propose evidence-based public health policies. This enables WHO/Europe to inform and advise countries on the most effective ways to improve the health of their populations.

WHO Regional Office for Europe runs or has direct access to essential databases providing authoritative health data from the 53 countries in the Region. The Health Evidence Network (HEN) and the European Environment and Health Information System (ENHIS) and Nutrition, Obesity and Physical Activity (NOPA) Database are additional valuable resources for health policy-making.

WHO Regional Office for Europe provides tailored support to countries through technical programmes addressing a wide range of public health issues. These programmes work together, covering areas including disease prevention and control, response to public health emergencies, environmental health, health determinants and health systems.

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.
  • Interns must possess a passport of a WHO Member State.
  • 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.