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World Health Organisation Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) Internships, 2018

Applications are invited for AFRO Internship for international students at multiple locations. This internship provides opportunities for graduate and postgraduate students to gain an insight into the work of the Organization, while enriching their knowledge and experience in the field of health, thereby contributing to the advancement of population health. Interns must be fluent in either English or French, the working languages of AFRO.

Field of Internship: AFRO offers internships in the following areas:

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  • Communicable diseases (HIV, Tuberculosis, Malaria, Neglected tropical diseases (NTD) and public health and environment programmes);
  • Family and Reproductive Health (Health through life course, nutrition, and immunization);
  • Noncommunicable Diseases (prevention and management of NCDs (including risk factors), mental health, violence, and injuries);
  • Health systems strengthening (health policy, financing, and access, integrated service delivery and health information and knowledge management, aiming at Universal Health Coverage);
  • Health Security and Emergencies (disease surveillance, emergency risk assessment and management, outbreak and disaster response and laboratory support);
  • Administration (Human Resources, IT etc);
  • Corporate Communications;
  • Country Relations.

 Course Level: Internship
Internship Provider: World Health Organisation
Internship can be taken at Multiple locations

Eligibility: Education:

  • Have completed three years of full-time studies (bachelor’s level or equivalent) at a university or equivalent institution prior to commencing the assignment; and
  • Be enrolled in a course of study at a university or equivalent institution leading to a formal qualification (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).


  • Be at least twenty years of age on the date of application;
  • Be able to work full-time and support oneself financially during an internship placement (i.e. with no remuneration from WHO);
  • Not be related to a staff member (e.g. son/daughter, brother/sister or mother/father);
  • Have not previously participated in WHO’s Internship Programme;
  • Hold a valid passport of a WHO Member State.


Have completed 3 years of full-time study in the relevant area.


Be fluent in either English or French, the working languages of AFRO.

Internship Open for International Students: International students are eligible to apply for this internship programme.

Is this paid internship? Internship positions are non-paid and are offered in the different country offices and technical clusters in the African Region. Only shortlisted candidates will be informed. WHO Internships are not paid. Living abroad is expensive. All intern candidates should be aware of these factors before they consider applying for a WHO Internship. WHO does not provide financial support and interns are encouraged to seek to fund from other external sources.

Internship Description: The Regional Office for Africa (AFRO), based in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, is one of the six regions of the World Health Organization (WHO). AFRO is responsible for 47 of the 54 countries in Africa. The regional office plans and executes WHO’s work in these countries and supports the Member States to attain the highest possible level of health for all people.

Number of awards offered: Not Known

Internship Duration: Internship is offered for the duration of 6 weeks – 6 months.

Notification: Not Known

How to Apply: The mode of application is online.

Internship Application Deadline: Internship application deadline is November 29, 2017.

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