World Trade Organization Internship Programs 2023 for Postgraduate Students – Geneva, Switzerland. (daily allowance of CHF 60)

Application deadline: ongoing

The WTO Secretariat offers various internship programs for postgraduate students. Internship selections are merit-based, taking into account eligibility criteria, academic qualifications and expertise.

There are three internship programs at the WTO. (1) The WTO Internship Program is open to postgraduate students from all WTO Members and countries or customs territories engaged in accession negotiations; (2) China’s LDCs and Accessions Program (also known as China’s WTO Accession Internship Programme); and 3) the WTO Support Program for Doctoral Studies. (2) and (3) are reserved for postgraduate students from developing countries and least developed countries (LDCs).

Internship programs are designed to increase the diversity of the WTO.

WTO Internship Program

The WTO Internship Program offers postgraduate students from WTO member and observer countries the opportunity to gain valuable experience working at the WTO.

General assignments

The assignments given to interns aim to enhance the individual’s understanding of the WTO and 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 trainee is assigned determines the precise nature of the work to be undertaken. Many interns work in the following areas:

Commercial lawEconomicsStatisticsTrade policyLanguages Administration (purchasing, finance, human resources)Information, communication and external relationsInformation management

Duration

Up to a maximum of six months.

Remuneration

Trainees receive a daily allowance of CHF 60 (including weekends and public holidays included in the chosen period). Travel costs to and from Geneva cannot be covered by the WTO and these trips are not covered by the Organization’s insurance.

Medical coverage by health insurance is compulsory in Switzerland and interns are required to take out their own health insurance before starting their internship at the WTO.

Eligibility

A candidate must:

  • be a national of a WTO Member State or of a country or customs territory involved in accession negotiations
  • have completed their undergraduate studies in a relevant discipline and have completed at least one year of their postgraduate studies
  • be at least 21 years old and no more than 30 years old during the internship.

China’s LDCs and Accessions Program

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

General functions

Interns under this program are assigned to the Accessions Division of the WTO. The job of this division is to facilitate negotiations between WTO members and countries/customs territories wishing to join the WTO.

The missions entrusted to the trainees aim to improve their understanding of commercial law, economics and commercial policies more generally. The needs of the division are balanced with the capacity building needs of the trainees. Under the supervision of a professional staff member, interns are expected to assist the division in its regular work.

Duration

Up to 10 months.

Compensation and Benefits

Interns in the program receive a daily allowance of CHF 60 (including weekends and public holidays that occur within the selected periods). In addition, travel costs (economy class air tickets) to and from Geneva are covered by the WTO.

Medical coverage by health insurance is compulsory in Switzerland and interns are required to take out their own health insurance before starting their internship at the WTO.

Eligibility

A candidate must:

  • be a national of a WTO Member State or of a country or customs territory involved in accession negotiations
  • be a national of a least developed country (LDC) or a developing country
  • have completed their undergraduate studies in a relevant discipline (e.g. economics, law, political science, international relations) and have completed at least one year of their postgraduate studies
  • not be over 30 years old.

WTO support program for doctoral studies

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

General functions

Participants of the Doctoral Internship Program are expected to advance their doctoral dissertations during their time at the WTO, enjoying access to WTO facilities and information as well as opportunities to interact with the general community. trade policies. They are not expected to undertake missions on behalf of the WTO Secretariat. A tutor is assigned to the doctoral student for the duration of his internship. The role of the mentor is to advise the student, if necessary, in close collaboration with the student’s academic supervisors. Before the end of the doctoral internship program, the participant is required to give a seminar on his work.

Duration

From three to six months.

Compensation and Benefits

PhD Internship Program interns receive a daily allowance of CHF 60 (including weekends and public holidays included in the selected period). In addition, travel costs (economy class air tickets) to and from Geneva are covered by the WTO.

Medical coverage by health insurance is compulsory in Switzerland and interns are required to take out their own health insurance before starting their internship at the WTO.

Eligibility

A candidate must:

  • be a national of a WTO Member State or of a country or customs territory involved in accession negotiations
  • be a national of a least developed country (LDC) or a developing country
  • undertaking a PhD or equivalent in economics, law, international relations or a discipline closely related to the WTO
  • be in the final phase of their doctorate and therefore in the writing phase (minimum 75% completion) of the thesis
  • work in one of the three official languages ​​of the WTO, namely English, French and Spanish.

For more information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the World Trade Organization Internship Programs 2023

Virginia S. Braud