The 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 are recruited from among nationals of WTO Members state;
- 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;
- The minimum age for an intern shall be 21 years and the maximum age 30 years.
Paid interns receive a daily allowance of 60 CHF (including weekends and official holidays falling within the selected period). No other remuneration of any kind shall be paid.