World Federation of Public Health Associations - Internships


NGO & Institutes

Location (s):

  • Switzerland
Institute of Global Health, University of Geneva, Campus Biotech - G6 chemin des Mines 9, 1202 Geneva


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.


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

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 student will further develop his/her writing and research skills and become more familiar with the key issues and actors in international health and development. Extensive networking opportunities as WHPHA is an international NGO in official relations with WHO, and has extensive contacts with other organizations worldwide will be offered to the student. No travel opportunities will be provided.

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


In May 1967, during the 20th World Health Assembly, a group of delegates representing 32 national public health associations convened to discuss the concept of a non-governmental civil society voice for public health. The World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) was established and incorporated that same month in Geneva (Switzerland), with 16 core Member associations.

The WFPHA is an international, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization composed of over 115 associations member, mostly multidisciplinary national public health associations, and representing around 5 million public health professionals worldwide. It is the only worldwide professional society representing and serving the broad field of public health. WFPHA’s mission is to promote and protect global public health. It does this throughout the world by supporting the establishment and organizational development of public health associations and societies of public health, through facilitating and supporting the exchange of information, knowledge and the transfer of skills and resources, and through promoting and undertaking advocacy for public policies, programs and practices that will result in a healthy and productive world.

WFPHA is accredited as an NGO in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO). It collaborates with the WHO to advance the field of public health through the promotion of pro-health policies, strategies and best practices around the world. The Federation is also accredited to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), holds consultation status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and holds observer status with Codex Alimentarius of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

WFPHA strives to promote effective public health policies and practices throughout the world every day. If your organization would like to join or support our efforts please contact the International Office, to discuss making a contribution to WFPHA.

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Internships are offered to current undergraduate and graduate students with strong academic background 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.


Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

Cost/funding for participants:

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

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