Internship at World Trade Organization

Deadline: ongoing
Open to: undergraduates in economics, law, political science, international relations, between 21 and 30 years old
Allowance: CHF 60 per diem

The World Trade Organization (WTO) Secretariat maintains a limited internship programme for post-graduate university students wishing to gain practical experience and deeper knowledge of the multilateral trading system.

Assignments given to interns are intended to enhance interns’ knowledge and understanding of the WTO and of trade policy more generally. However, the needs of the Division recruiting an intern will be paramount in determining the precise nature of assignments.

Internships are generally of a duration of up to 24 weeks, the length of the internship depending on the project the interns is requested to work on, and on the needs of each Division.


Interns will have completed their undergraduate studies in a relevant discipline (e.g. economics, law, political science, international relations), and shall have completed at least one year of their postgraduate studies. Interns must be between 21 and 30 years.


Paid interns receive a daily allowance of CHF 60 (including week-ends and official holidays falling within the selected period). No other remuneration of any kind shall be paid.

Please note that the interships take place in Geneva, Switzerland only, and travel expenses annot be paid by the WTO, and such travel is not covered by the Organization’s insurance. Interns are also responsible for their own insurance cover for illness and accidents while they are working at the WTO.


You can apply online on the official webpage. Online application is strongly encouraged to enable WTO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WTO’s E-Recruitment website at: The system provides instructions for online application procedures.

The Official Website

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