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.

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

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 Laura Bante

My name is Laura, I have recently graduated from the Bachelor in International Relations at the University of Geneva. My final thesis titled “The status of the Right to Food in International Law and its National Justiciability” made me become familiar with existing international norms and jurisprudence regulating people’s livelihood. This study deepened my interest to work for international health and nutrition. Before continuing my academic path with a Master in International Public Affairs, I am grateful to have the opportunity to gain practical experience in international health advocacy as an Intern at the WFPHA. The global network of national public health associations WFPHA created fascinates me, I am very much looking forward to engaging with WFPHA in its communication strategies, policy resolutions and research papers to improve public health on a global scale.

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                                                                                                          Megan Williamson 

My Name is Megan Williamson, I am a graduate student in communication from the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. I was born in Geneva but decided to leave my hometown to do my bachelor’s degree in another country. I will be doing an internship at the WFPHA during the next six months. My interest in health issues rose four years ago when I was offered the opportunity to take part in a humanitarian mission in Ambanja, Madagascar. I assisted a medical team from the Hôpitaux Universitaire de Genève, whose goal was to promote and implement the value of smear tests for women, to prevent them from developing cervical cancer. Spending one month in this underdeveloped region allowed me to gain insight on a very different health system than the one I was used to. This experience particularly aroused my concern about the importance of providing access to quality health care for populations. This involves establishing sustainable health policies, which is a field the WFPHA is very active in. Being able to learn the functioning of an international public health organisation like WFPHA is a great opportunity for me to gain hands on training in field I feel passionate about. This is why I am looking forward to helping the Federation in communicating about their projects and advocating to promote primary health care equity.

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 Jia Spiggle

My name is Jia Spiggle and I am an undergraduate student from the United States. I am currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in international relations at Boston University. This semester, I am taking public health courses for my study abroad program in Geneva. I chose to intern at WFPHA because the organization’s mission aligns with my professional and academic interests in the environment and development.I previously interned at an environmental non-profit that examined how hydraulic fracturing affected human health in the US. WFPHA gives me the opportunity to further expand my knowledge-base on other public health issues in an international context. While I will only be here from October to December, I am excited to learn more about the public health field and advance WFPHA’s mission.                                                                                                     

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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.

General Guide for Interns in Geneva

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