ACCESSIONS: EVENTS

The China WTO accession internship programme

The WTO Accessions Internship Programme aims to help recent graduates and young professionals from least-developed countries (LDCs) and developing countries increase their understanding of the WTO and of trade law, international economics and international relations in general.

Under this programme, sponsored by the Government of China, five intern positions are available at the WTO on an annual basis. The maximum duration of the internship is 10 months.

To take part in the programme, the interns must be: 1) nationals of LDCs or developing countries that are already WTO members; or 2) nationals of countries or customs territories engaged in the WTO accession process.

The WTO Accessions Internship Programme is part of China’s LDCs and Accessions Programme — known as the “China Programme” — which was established by the Government of China under a Memorandum of Understanding signed with the WTO on 14 July 2011. The China Programme aims to strengthen LDCs’ participation in the WTO and to assist acceding LDCs in joining the WTO.  The China Programme also funds: 1) a WTO Accession Round Table Meeting; and 2) LDCs’ participation in selected WTO meetings of particular interest to them.

Assignments given to interns are intended to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the WTO and of trade law, economics and policies more generally.  The need of the divisions is balanced with the capacity-building needs of the interns.  Interns are expected to assist the divisions in their normal work. They are supervised by a professional staff member of the WTO. 

Interns receive a daily allowance of CHF 60 (including weekends and official holidays that occur within the selected periods).  In addition, travel expenses (economy class air fare) to and from Geneva are covered by the WTO.

 

Who is in charge?  And, is the implementation of the programme monitored?

The Accessions Division, in close coordination with the Human Resources Division, manages the implementation of the China WTO Accession Internship Programme.  The Accessions Division and the Government of China meet annually to review the operation and implementation of the internship programme.

 

Who has participated so far?  Have a look below for the complete list of the China WTO Accession Internship Programme “Alumni”, and read about their experiences: 

Start Date End Date Name Nationality “Alumni” stories

CLASS OF 2017/2018

07/10/2017

27/04/2018

Apurva MUDLIAR

India

Coming soon

04/09/2017

06/07/2018

Esau SIMUTOWE

Zambia

Coming soon

18/07/2017

18/05/2018

Pegah KOUCHAKI VARNOUSFADERANI

Iran

Coming soon

20/03/2017

19/01/2018

Maria MARTINS DA SILVA

Timor-Leste, Portugal

Coming soon

CLASS OF 2016/2017

14/11/2016

15/09/2017

Khusrav RASULOV

Tajikistan, Russian Federation

STORY

04/07/2016

05/05/2017

Emilia MALAVOLONEQUE

Angola

STORY

270/6/2016

10/02/2017

Fahimeh ASLANI

Iran

STORY

CLASS OF 2016

29/02/2016

16/12/2016

Mariam SOUMAR╔

Mali

STORY

CLASS OF 2015/2016

27/07/2015

30/06/2016

Vicky CHEMUTAI

Uganda

STORY

15/06/2015

15/04/2016

Tatiana YANGUAS ACOSTA

Brazil/Colombia

STORY

15/06/2015

15/04/2016

Maša LEKIC

Montenegro

STORY

CLASS OF 2015

12/01/2015

14/11/2015

Ghulam Reza MOHAMMADY

Afghanistan

STORY

CLASS OF 2014/2015

24/11/2014

25/09/2015

Nannan GAO

China

STORY

4/08/2014

29/05/2015

Jesse Jefferson FAHN

Liberia

STORY

23/06/2014

24/04/2015

Assel KUSSAGOVA

Kazakhstan

STORY

CLASS OF 2014

01/09/2014

19/12/2014

Amara OKENWA

Nigeria

 

20/1/2014

21/11/2014

George TEBAGANA

Uganda

 

CLASS OF 2012/2013

1/7/2013

27/9/2013

Rafat AL-AKHALI

Yemen/Canada

STORY

04/03/2013

20/12/2013

Chen HUI

China

STORY

18/2/2013

20/12/2013

Onosetale AYEWOH

Nigeria/US

 

15/10/2012

13/08/2013

Lidet Assefa KEBEDE

Ethiopia

STORY

15/10/2012

12/07/2013

Miguel CASTRO

Colombia

 

CLASS OF 2012

16/01/2012

12/10/2012

Alexandra BHATTACHARYA

Bangladesh

STORY

16/01/2012

12/10/2012

Huanhuan LIN

China

 

 

Who can apply?

If you are interested in applying to the China Programme, please answer the following questions first.  If you only have “yes-replies”, then please proceed and read carefully the guidance under “How to apply” to ensure you complete all relevant steps.

 

Eligibility check:

1. Have you completed your undergraduate studies in a relevant discipline (e.g. economics, law, political science, international relations or in other subjects relevant to the WTO)?

2. Have you completed at least 1 year of postgraduate (Masters) studies?

3. Are you a national of a Least-developed country/developing country WTO member?
OR
Are you a national of a State currently engaged in the WTO accession process?

4. Are you less than 30 years old?

 

How to apply?

Interested candidates, who meet the above base criteria, have to complete 2 steps for their application to be considered:

1. Complete a general internship application under the e-recruitment section on the WTO website, click here; and thereafter,

2. Send a separate email to ChinaProgramme@wto.org to indicate their interest in the China WTO Accession Internship Programme, with a copy of the online application form attached to this e-mail.

Please note that:

  • Incomplete applications will not be considered!
  • There is no opening or closing date for applications.  Internships may be offered at any time during the year.  A maximum of 5 internship positions are available per year.

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