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 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.

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 

Narges Kalantari

IMG 8431IMG 8431Narges has completed a post-graduate program in Public Health with a focus on global health at Université de Montréal in Canada. Her program of study has given her a deeper understanding of public health policies and sociocultural factors affecting health.  She believes that being an intern at WFPHA will allow her to expand her knowledge of global health beyond what she has already learned in the classroom and will give her the opportunity to network with and learn from the actors of global public health. Her main interests include learning more about environmental public health, particularly the burden that climate change has on human health around the world, as well as mental health since she will be continuing her graduate studies in psychology. She is pleased to have the opportunity to put her knowledge into practice through this experience and is looking forward to becoming a better contributor to the field of public health.

 

Nishka Bommareddy

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Nishka is currently finishing up a Masters degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Global Health & Maternal and Child Health from Saint Louis University in the United States. Her first experiences with Public Health were from internship and volunteer opportunities in her hometown, Houston, Texas. In 2016, she was an intern with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, where she helped with patient education and learned about the needs of the patients and families going through the traumatic events of cancer. She also worked with Workshop Houston, an NGO where she tutored and helped teach dance to children from low-income areas. These experiences have taught her that public health is more than physical health and that there are other ways that she can make contributions to the field. She is pleased to intern with the WFPHA and learn about the ways they promote global health and health education.

 

Soleen Ghahraman

Screen Shot 2019 06 21 at 3.56.27 PMScreen Shot 2019 06 21 at 3.56.27 PMSoleen is from Boston, USA. She is completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The literature review she conducted on the “Prevention of oral disease through diet”, highlight her interests in both nutrition and oral health. These topics are the focus of her university studies and areas of interest at WFPHA. As the President of the Public Health Club at her university, she is eager to bring her health communication experiences to WFPHA while collecting new competencies through the health promotion work she is engaging in at the Geneva office. What attracts her to working with WFPHA  is her strong interest in facilitating and supporting information that people need to know so they can stay healthy. Soleen believes evidence-based health is a global concern in many areas (like mandatory clear labeling on food and soft drinks) that pose an unacceptable risk to public health. She is pleased to be part of the WFPHA team in Geneva and is looking forward to continuing the health literacy, communication, and research work under the guidance of her engaging supervisors at WFPHA. She envisions herself heartily engaging with the opportunities through WFPHA’s remarkable global network to further strengthen her skills, network, and culture.

 
Gemma Bridge

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Gemma Bridge is a PhD student at Leeds Beckett University in the UK. In her thesis she is 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). She is 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 2018, she started an internship with the WFPHA oral health working group. In this role she is investigating the global spread of soft drink taxes, and how revenue from the taxes is being used. She is currently in the process of identifying key contacts in each country where a tax has been implemented and hopes to develop a repository of information on the use of tax revenue. During her internship, she is 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 this internship she has already learnt a lot about the complexities of policy development, public health promotion and communication between countries. She is 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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