Internship policy

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GAVI is looking to attract talented and motivated people to work in its Geneva and Washington DC offices

1. Overview of our internship programme:

GAVI offers internship possibilities for a limited number of individuals from diverse backgrounds, who are currently studying, or have recently completed their studies, and are looking for work experience in the public health sector.

The main goal of GAVI’s Internship programme is to provide a quality learning experience for individuals interning with the organisation. At the same time, the programme benefits the organisation.

The overall purpose of the Internship programme is to provide eligible individuals with:

  • a better understanding of GAVI’s mission, goals and objectives;
  • a framework to enhance their education experience through practical work assignments, thereby developing skills which will be useful for their career and future employment; and
  • the opportunity of working in a multicultural environment.

2. Eligibility criteria:

To take part in the programme, we look for the following minimum eligibility criterias:

  • applicants who are enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate course of study at a university or equivalent higher education institution in a field relevant to GAVI’s work;
  • applicants who are in the first year post completing their studies at a university or equivalent higher education institution and who have obtained a degree relevant to GAVI’s work;
  • applicants who are fluent in the working language of GAVI i.e. English;
  • applicants who are not related to a GAVI employee; and
  • applicants who have not previously participated in GAVI’s Internship programme.

3. Internship application dates:

Spring/Summer Internship Period (April to September):

Applications must be received from Departments between 1 January and 31 March.

Autumn/Winter Internship Period (October to March)

Applications must be received from Departments between 1 July and 30 September.

* Applications received outside of these timelines will be kept for the next upcoming internship period unless you advise us differently.

4. Application process:

Internships are available in many teams based on needs. If you wish to be considered for an internship within GAVI, please send your resume and cover letter to, and mention, “Internship” in the subject line of the email.

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Approximately six million future deaths averted from hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenzae type B, measles, pertussis, pneumococcal disease, polio, rotavirus diarrhoea and yellow fever since GAVI's launch in 2000.

WHO Department of Immunisation, Vaccines and Biologicals’ estimates and projections, as of October 2013

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