Lifting Barriers to Access

The WHO will offer paid internships by 2020 at the latest, in a bid to lift barriers to access for applicants from developing countries. Led by a former WHO intern, the push for paid positions will put an end to 50 years of unpaid internships, which have involved interns upping sticks to Geneva or a WHO regional office at their own expense, to work for free. Interns shell out over $6,000 in expenses for the privilege.

Less than a quarter of WHO’s 1,200 annual interns currently hail from low-income countries; a new target aims for half of interns to come from developing countries by 2022.



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