WTO Internship Program for Developing Countries

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The internship program of the WTO, World Trade Organization, aims to help recent graduates and young professionals from least developed and developing countries to expand their knowledge in terms of commercial law, international economics and international relations in general.

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

The World Trade Organization is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. The objective of the organization is to help producers of goods and services, exporters and importers to carry out their activities. All important decisions are taken by the full membership, either by the ministers (who usually meet at least once every two years) or by their ambassadors or delegates (who meet regularly in Geneva).

The tasks assigned to interns aim to strengthen their knowledge of the WTO, trade law, economics and, more generally, trade policies. They are supervised by a WTO administrator. They must help the division in its day-to-day activities, namely: Attend meetings and prepare reports, carry out thematic research, and perform other tasks as needed for capacity building.

About the WTO internships

TYPE: Internship
DURATION: Up to ten months.
DEADLINE:  Always open.
FUNDING: Stipend (WTO-funded course) or stipend and travel expenses (China-funded course).
TARGET GROUP: WTO member countries.
PLACE OF THE INTERNSHIP: Geneva, Switzerland.

Duration and location of the OMC internship

An internship at the WTO can last up to ten months. Under normal circumstances, the internships will take place in Geneva, Switzerland.

Internships can be offered at any time of the year.

Compensation and Benefits

WTO interns perceive :

  • An allowance of 60 USD/day (including weekends and official holidays).
  • In addition, they receive an additional $305 monthly as payment of their health insurance.

Round trip travel costs to Geneva are covered by the WTO (only for internships funded by China—see below for details).


To apply to the WTO internship program, candidates must be:

  • Nationals of a least-developed country or a developing country that is a member of the WTO, or nationals of a country or customs territory in the process of acceding to the WTO.
  • Have obtained a license (bachelor) in a relevant discipline (for example: economics, law, political science, international relations) or have completed at least one year of master’s studies.

Candidates must be at least 21 years old and at most 30 years old.

Selections are based on merit, eligibility criteria, academic qualifications and expertise.

How to apply for WTO internships?

Interested candidates who meet the mentioned prerequisites can apply for an internship on the WTO’s online recruitment page:

If you are interested in China Internship Program for LDCs and WTO Accessions, apply here, then email [email protected] to express interest in the program.

The OMC does not charge any commission at any stage of the application process.

If you experience any technical issues with the WTO External Jobs Platform, please contact [email protected]

It is worth noting that the selection process includes a written exam and a remote interview.


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