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


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.


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


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 

Alma-Jade Chanter

Alma JadeAlma JadeAlma-Jade is finishing her Masters degree in Communication, Health and Life Sciences at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Her multidisciplinary studies looks at the multi-level dynamics between health, nutrition and ecology and their interaction with complex societal challenges. Her passion lies in taking an integrative approach to tackling non-communicable diseases and environmental issues across various domains such as policy, advocacy, and lifestyle and health education and interventions, for example. Alma-Jade is keen to gain practical insight into how the WFPHA facilitates and strengthens collaborations and communication between experts and citizens in order to build bridges between science and society.


Anna Spillard


Anna Spillard is a medical doctor who works as a General Practitioner in the UK. She has worked in both the hospital and community setting and within the National Health Service and the private sector. She has experience and interest in telephone triage, telemedicine and remote working. Anna’s role as a clinician means that she is used to working with the individual, but she is keen to learn about advocacy at a wider level, what this involves, the practicalities and complexities.  Anna is hoping to broaden her knowledge by learning further about global health systems and public health policies. With this in mind, in her role as an intern at WFPHA, Anna will be exploring how digital health methods can be utilised to support people in accessing and navigating the health system. 


Lyz Gilgunn

LyzLyzLyz Gilgunn is completing her Master of Public Health degree with a focus in health promotion at the University of Alberta, Canada. With over a decade in this field, Lyz brings a wealth of experience in health education and individual behaviour modification targeting non-communicable diseases. Lyz is excited to intern with WFPHA and expand her knowledge of global health systems and public health collaborations. Lyz will be working alongside Dr. Bettina Borisch to explore contributing factors to life expectancy declines in Canada and assess general knowledge about this pressing issue from both literature and media sources. In her spare time, Lyz can be found hiking, skiing, swimming, running, and cycling in the Swiss Alps. 


Hannah Marcus


Hannah Marcus is currently finishing her undergraduate degree in Health Sciences with a minor in Globalization Studies at McMaster University in Canada. She hopes to pursue a career in the field of global health, specifically working for an international NGO to contribute to long-term health systems strengthening initiatives in low resource settings and to support efforts to improve access to quality health care amongst marginalized populations.  As such, she is interested in gaining experience working with global health policy institutions to better understand the mechanisms by which NGOs are governed and supported at the policy level. With a specific interest in environmental determinants of health, she will be completing a research project with the Environmental Health Working Group to assess barriers to government preparedness for the health impacts of climate change. She is honoured to have the opportunity to work with the WFPHA and hopes to gain new and valuable skills and insights from her experience. 




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