Deadline: 31 December 2023
There are three internship programmes at the World Trade Organization (WTO):
- The WTO Internship Programme is open to post-graduate students from all WTO members and countries or customs territories engaged in accession negotiations;
- The China LDC and Accessions Programme (also known as the China WTO Accession Internship Programme); and
- The WTO Support Programme for Doctoral Studies.
Both (ii) and (iii) are reserved for post-graduate students from developing countries and least developed countries (LDCs). The internship programmes is designed to increase the diversity of the WTO.
- The WTO Internship Programme provides an opportunity for post-graduate students from WTO member and observer countries to gain valuable experience from working at the WTO.
- Interns receive a daily allowance of CHF 60 (including week-ends and official holidays falling within the selected period). Travel expenses to and from Geneva cannot be paid by the WTO, and such travel is not covered by the Organization's insurance.
- Medical health insurance coverage is mandatory in Switzerland, and interns are responsible for organizing their own health insurance prior to commencing their internship at the WTO.
II. General assignments
Assignments given to interns are intended to enhance the individual's understanding of the WTO and of trade policy more generally. However, internships include opportunities in other specialist areas, such as finance, human resources, language services, IT and communications. The division to which the intern is assigned determines the precise nature of the work to be undertaken.
- Interns are recruited from among nationals of WTO Member states and Observer governments.
- Interns shall have completed at least one year of their postgraduate studies (for example, Master's) in a relevant discipline (for example, economics, law, political science, international relations).
- The minimum age for an intern is 21 years and the maximum age 30 years.
IV. Additional information
- A roster of suitable candidates is maintained from which interns are selected.
- In addition to the internship programmes, the need may also arise to recruit interns at short notice for specific tasks. These recruits will also be drawn from the roster. Names will be maintained on the roster for one year and no more.
- The granting of an internship does not entail the right to a vacancy in another part of the Secretariat. Interns may nevertheless apply for any external vacancies.
V. Contractual Terms and Conditions:
- An agreement will be established between the intern and the Director of the Human Resources Division, specifying the conditions of service and details of any remuneration.
- Paid interns receive a daily allowance of CHF 60 (including weekends and official holidays falling within the selected period). No other remuneration of any kind shall be paid.
- Internships take place in Geneva, Switzerland.
- Travel expenses to and from Geneva cannot be paid by the WTO, and such travel is not covered by the Organization's insurance. Interns are responsible for their own insurance cover for illness and accidents for the duration of the internship.
- Internships are for a minimum of three months and up to a maximum of six months in total with no extension, are dependent on the needs of Divisions, and may commence at any time during the year.
- Depending on Divisional needs, an internship may be split between two Divisions (3 months and no less in each Division and not exceeding six months in total). In this case, the two internship assignments may be carried out at different times and not consecutively, as long as the applicant meets all the requirements for internship as per the "Eligibility" criteria set out above.
- It is not permissible to return to the programme at a later date after completing a full six-month internship programme, nor is it permissible to move from one programme to another following a six-month stint.
- An internship does not, in any way, entail the right to a vacancy in another part of the Secretariat. Interns may, nevertheless, apply to external vacancies.
- While working at the WTO, interns are not considered as officials or staff members, however, they shall be bound by the same duties and obligations as regular staff members. Interns are expected to work full-time and to carry out the duties assigned to them by their supervisor.
- On commencing the internship, and as applicable, depending on their nationality and any Swiss residence permit they may hold, interns may be issued with a Swiss legitimation card type "H" which serves as a work and residence permit for the duration of their internship. This link explains the responsibilities of holders of such a card and careful note should be taken of the information provided therein.
- At the end of the internship, the Supervisor responsible for an intern will write an evaluation report, and the intern will also be required to evaluate the internship. Both evaluations will be placed on file.
- An internship may be terminated by the WTO Secretariat or by the intern with one week's notice.
VI. How to apply?
- Candidates should submit their applications through the WTO external jobs platform and only candidates selected for interview are contacted.
- The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
- A roster of suitable candidates is maintained from which interns are selected.Suitable applications are maintained on the roster for one year.
- Intake to the WTO Internship Programme is on an ongoing basis, with no specific recruitment period. However, there may be specific vacancy notices for internship positions requiring particular qualifications and skillsets published on the WTO's e-Recruitment website.