The World Federation of Public Health Associations offers unpaid internships in the International Office in Geneva, Switzerland. 

WFPHA offers a unique environment for an internship for students in international health and development. Interns are given substantial responsibility for performing activities such as researching and writing articles for the newsletter, establishing contact with health and development NGOs around the world, planning international conferences, and fundraising. Each internship is structured to suit the needs and interests of the intern, such as working on an individual research assignment, as well as the requirements of WFPHA. Interns may have the opportunity to participate in the formulation of WFPHA policy resolutions or papers, depending on circumstances.

During the course of the internship, the intern will further develop his/her writing and research skills and become more familiar with the key issues and actors in international health and development. They will have extensive networking opportunities as WFPHA is an international NGO in official relations with WHO, and has extensive contacts with other organizations worldwide. No travel opportunities will be provided.

General Guide for Interns in Geneva

Eligibility 

Internships are offered to current graduate students with strong academic backgrounds and an interest in global public health.  Applicants should possess strong writing and research skills. In addition, applicants should be able to work fairly independently and ideally be knowledgeable about the major issues in the field of global health.

Availability

Opportunities for internships are available year round and can be developed for a 3-4 month period, an academic semester, or a full year.  

Compensation

WFPHA internships are unpaid.  The organization does not cover re-location expenses and does not sponsor international student visas.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for an internship, please send your CV and motivation letter, specifying your availability, to E. De Cata.

Current WFPHA Interns

Morgan Lee

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Hello everybody, my name is Morgan Lee and I am the new intern at the WFPHA office in Geneva. I am currently about to graduate from a BA in International Relations at the University of Birmingham. Since my teenage-hood I have been particularly interested International Development, NGOs and public health. I have been fortunate enough to have worked in community development projects in Thailand, Tanzania, and Ghana, with focus on awareness of tropical diseases, sanitation, poverty alleviation and working to implement the United Nations, Sustainable Development Goals. During my internship I will mostly work on planning events and health advocacy. Before continuing my academic path with a Master in Public Policy, I am grateful to have the opportunity to gain practical experience in international health advocacy and collaboration as an Intern at the WFPHA.I am looking forward to working with the team to contribute to the WFPHA’s mission.

 

 

 

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Gemma Bridge

My name is Gemma Bridge. I am PhD student at Leeds Beckett University in the UK. In my thesis I am investigating the use of corporate political activity (CPA) tactics and non-government organisation (NGO) advocacy strategies during the development of the UK’s Soft Drink industry Levy (SDIL). I am also interested in how the soft drink industry has responded to the SDIL in terms of reformulation, marketing and product size changes of sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs), and what purchase and consumption changes have occurred in the general public.
 In September I started an internship with the WFPHA oral health working group. In this role I am investigating the global spread of soft drink taxes, and how revenue from the taxes is being used. I am currently in the process of identifying key contacts in each country where a tax has been implemented and hope to develop a repository of information on the use of tax revenue. During this internship I am also interested in advocating for the use of tax revenue for oral health improvement, especially in minority groups where overall health is typically poorer.
 Since starting my internship I have already learnt a lot about the complexities of policy development, public health promotion and communication between countries. I am looking forward to delving deeper into international health policy and the methods and techniques that can be employed to improve population oral and overall health.

 

 

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