World Trade Organization Early Career Internships Programme for all Countries

The World Trade Organization Early Career Internship Programme for all Countries is now open and accepting applications from the following categories of persons deamed eligible to apply for the WTO Internship Programme: First degree graduates, Master’s degree graduates or master’s degree students, PhD graduate or PhD students.

The above categories of persons who wish to work in a big world firm such as world trade organization are advised to send in applications for consideration in the WTO Internship Programme

The WTO maintains a variety of internship programmes for both graduates and post-graduate students. Internship selections are based on merit, taking account of eligibility criteria, academic qualifications and expertise.

There are three internship programmes at the World Trade Organization:
Firs-The WTO Internship Programme is open to all WTO members and countries or customs territories engaged in accession negotiations
Second -The China LDC and Accessions Programme (also known as the China WTO Accession Internship Programme)
Third the WTO Support Programme for Doctoral Studies. Both (2) and 3 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 World Trade Organization.

More details about World Trade Organization Early Career Internship Programme for all Countries

WTO Internship Programme
China’s LDCs and Accessions Programme
WTO Support Programme for Doctoral Studies
WTO Internship Programme
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.

​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. Many interns work in the following areas:

Trade law
Economics
Statistics
Trade policy
Languages
Administration (procurement, finance, human resources)
Information, communication and external relations
Information management
Information about the responsibilities of the WTO’s  divisions is available here.

Duration
Up to a maximum of six months.

Remuneration
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.

Eligibility
A candidate must:

be a national of a WTO member state or a country or customs territory engaged in accession negotiations
have completed his/her undergraduate studies in a relevant discipline and have completed at least one year of his/her postgraduate studies
be at least 21 years old and a maximum of 30 years old during the internship.

How to apply for the World Trade Organization Early Career Internship Programme for all Countries

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.

Additional information
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.

China’s LDCs and Accessions Programme
China’s LDCs and Accessions Programme, sponsored by the Government of China, aims to help recent graduates and young professionals from least-developed countries (LDCs) and developing countries gain work experience at the WTO. The Accessions Division, in close coordination with the Human Resources Division, manages the implementation of the programme.  The Accessions Division and the Government of China meet annually to review the operation and implementation of the programme.

General functions

Interns under this programme are placed in the Accessions Division of the WTO. The work of this division is to facilitate the negotiations between WTO members and countries/customs territories seeking to join the WTO.

Assignments given to interns are intended to enhance their understanding of trade law, economics and trade policies more generally. The needs of the division are balanced with the capacity-building needs of the interns. Under the supervision of a professional staff member, interns are expected to assist the division in its regular work.

Duration
Up to 10 months.

Remuneration and benefits
Interns under the programme receive a daily allowance of CHF 60 (including weekends and official holidays that occur within the selected periods).  In addition, travel expenses (economy class air fare) to and from Geneva is covered by the WTO.

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.

Eligibility

A candidate must:

be a national of a WTO member state or a country or customs territory engaged in accession negotiations
be a national of a least-developed country (LDC) or developing country
have completed his/her undergraduate studies in a relevant discipline (e.g. economics, law, political science, international relations), and have completed at least one year of his/her postgraduate studies
be no older than 30.

How to apply

Interested candidates, who meet the above criteria, should complete two steps for their application to be considered:

Complete a general internship application form on the WTO external jobs platform

There is no opening or closing date for applications.  Internships may be offered at any time during the year.  A maximum of five internship positions are available per year.

Additional Information
​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.

Who has participated so far? Please click here to see the complete list of Accession Internship Programme “Alumni”, and read about their experiences.

WTO Support Programme for Doctoral Studies
The WTO Support Programme for Doctoral Studies (also known as the PhD Internship Programme) aims to support the development of academic expertise on WTO issues in developing countries. The WTO Secretariat invites doctoral students from developing countries to conduct research at the WTO and provides them with mentoring/advice in close collaboration with the students’ academic supervisors.

General functions

Participants in the PhD Internship Programme are expected to advance their doctoral thesis during their time at the WTO, taking advantage of access to WTO facilities and information as well as opportunities for interaction with the general trade policy community.

They are not expected to undertake assignments on behalf of the WTO Secretariat. A mentor is allocated to the doctoral student for the duration of his/her internship. The role of the mentor is to provide the student with advice, as required, in close collaboration with the student’s academic supervisors. Before the end of the PhD Internship Programme, the participant is required to give a seminar on his/her work.

Duration.

From three to six months.

Remuneration and benefits
Interns under the PhD Internship Programme receive a daily allowance of CHF 60 (including weekends and official holidays falling within the selected period). In addition, travel expenses (economy class air fare) to and from Geneva is covered by the WTO.

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.

Eligibility

A candidate must:

be a national of a WTO member state or a country or customs territory engaged in accession negotiations
be a national of a least-developed country (LDC) or a developing country
undertake a PhD or equivalent in economics, law, international relations or in a closely related WTO discipline
be in the final stage of his/her PhD and therefore at the writing-up stage (75% minimum completion) of the thesis
work in one of the three official languages of the WTO, i.e. English, French and Spanish.

How to apply

Candidates who wish to participate in the WTO Support Programme for Doctoral Studies are invited to fill out the application form and submit the required documents.

Additional information
The granting of an internship does not entail the right to a vacancy in another part of the Secretariat. Interns may nevertheless apply for external vacancies.

Online recruitment
e-recruitement
The WTO external jobs platform must be used to apply for vacancies at the WTO. You can view current vacancies and submit your application. You can also refer to the WTO external jobs platform to monitor the status of vacancies for which you have applied.

Applications are welcome from women and men who are nationals of a WTO member state and under 65 years old. The list of members is available here.

The WTO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

To begin your application Visit the WTO Internship Portal


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