Internship and Volunteers Programme


A competent and dynamic health workforce at the heart of each health system is essential to advance health and achieve global goals such as the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Countries need to have a pool of health professionals who are trained and exposed to the systems and processes in the health sector and understand how stakeholders interact within the health arena.

The Western Pacific Regional Office Internship and Volunteer Programme (IVP) provides opportunities for graduate and postgraduate students to gain insight into the work of WHO while enriching their knowledge and experience in the health field, thereby contributing to the advancement public health.

The Western Pacific Regional Office and its country offices are committed to building future leaders in public health. Strengthening the IVP in the Western Pacific Region is a component of the human resources reform set out in the Regional Director’s “Fit for the Future” agenda.

Programme objectives

  • To provide a framework for assigning postgraduate students from diverse academic backgrounds to WHO programmes that can enhance their educational experience through practical assignments.
  • To expose postgraduate students to the work of WHO.
  • To provide WHO programmes with input from postgraduate students specializing in various fields.

Contact us

WHO Western Pacific Region
UN Avenue coner Taft Avenue,
Ermita, Manila 1000 Philippines
Phone: +63 2 528 8001
Fax: +63 2 521 1036