Communications Intern

World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
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  • Posted
    Jan 30

Position description

The intern is expected to support the team in systematically gathering information regarding the EU activities related to health. This will involve working on existing information tools, as well as developing new ones that would put in place a scheme of standardized information monitoring and updating. This implies identifying key actors at the EU institutions, key information sources, analyses of the information available and ability to summarize it in accordance to concrete needs of different target audiences. 

This will help stabilize and expand the information brokering and exchange function of the whole office. Contribute to the WHO’s comprehensive overview of the health related activities taking place in EU Institutions and partner organizations by systematic gathering of information regarding health related activities in EU Institutions, UN and partner organizations (on line monitoring, gathering info in situ) and  Daily updating  WEU’s relevant calendar.

  1. Support WEU’s intranet page by assisting in the preparation of new content and intranet’s function in general + updates.
  2. Contribute to the production of information products for external communication and advocacy activities (press notices, newsletters, intranet coverage, etc.) and compile/update lists of stakeholders (EU related, media representatives, various) to be used for the above mentioned purposes.
  3. Monitoring of health related news focusing on topics within WHO’s scope of interests and especially those that can inspire strategic thinking and action by Monitoring on line media/WEU’s press subscriptions and compiling a news briefing with most important articles. 
  4. Update its calendar of events (looking into relevant EU and EU-related information sources)
  5. Establish and update contact/distribution lists. 
  6. Monitor the upcoming health and health-related agendas of the EU institutions; work in the team for following and taking part in the activities of the main EU-related, Brussels-based stakeholders in health 
  7. Contribute to different social media activities 

The communications Intern will be working under the direct supervision of the External Relations Officer and will be reporting to the WHO Representative to the EU.

Learning areas

  • The main objective of the internship is to provide a framework where the educational experience of the intern can be enhanced through practical work assignments;
  • The intern will learn about the working of WHO, how international recommendations are converted into policy and concrete actions; 
  • The intern will have the opportunity to follow policy developments at European and at international levels, with an impact on health. 



  • Have completed three years of full-time studies (bachelor's level or equivalent) in a relevant field such as communications, public health, public affairs and international affairs, and preferably with an explicit interest and knowledge of the EU; AND be enrolled in a course of study at a university or equivalent institution (applicants who have already graduated may also qualify for consideration provided that they start the internship within six months after completion of their formal qualification). 
  • Hold other advanced degree with a focus on European affairs (an asset).


Core competences
Team work
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural difference

Producing results

All interns should possess the following skills in line with the WHO core competencies:

Communicating effectively orally and in writing
Showing willingness to learn from mistakes
Producing and delivering quality results
Working collaboratively with team members

In addition, interns need to be familiar with commonly used computer programmes, such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Knowledge of specialized computer programmes in statistical software may be an advantage.


  • Another internship in another international organisation or in developing countries would be an asset.
  • Some communication exposure i.e event organisation; content development for social media or other offline platforms; drafting articles or reports.

Use of language skills
Essential: Interns should have an excellent knowledge of English (reading, writing and speaking).
Working knowledge of another official UN and/or EU language would be an asset.

Application instructions

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