ACCESSIONS: EVENTS

The China WTO Accessions Internship Programme

The WTO Accessions Internship Programme was established as part of China’s LDCs and Accessions Programme under a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the WTO and China in 2011.  Sponsored by the Government of China, this Internship is intended to develop the capacity of recent graduates and young professionals from developing and least-developed (LDC) Members and Observers to master the WTO rules-based system, in particular WTO accessions, so as to prepare for careers in the fields of trade law, international economics and international relations. Five full-time intern positions are available on an annual basis, for a maximum duration of 10 months.

General functions

Interns are normally placed in the Accessions Division. Assignments given to interns are intended to enhance their knowledge of the WTO, trade law, economics and policies more generally. Interns are supervised by professional staff of the WTO. They are expected to assist the Division in the day-to-day work including covering meetings and preparing reports; carrying out thematic research and performing other tasks in accordance with their capacity-building needs.  

Duration

Up to 10 months.

Remuneration and benefits

Interns receive a daily allowance of CHF 60 (including weekends and official holidays that occur within the selected periods).  In addition, they receive an extra CHF 100 per month to subsidise their health insurance premium payments for the duration of the internship.

Travel expenses (economy class air fare) to and from Geneva are covered by the WTO. 

Eligibility

To take part in the programme, a candidate must be: 1) a national of an LDC or developing WTO member; or 2) a national of a country or a customs territory engaged in WTO accession process (see list of countries here).

A candidate must have obtained an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. economics, law, political science, international relations), and must have completed at least one year of their postgraduate studies.

The minimum age for a candidate must be 21 years and the maximum age 30 years.

Implementation of the programme

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

Who has participated so far?

Start Date End Date Name Nationality “Alumni” stories

CLASS OF 2019/2020

23/09/2019

24/07/2020

Chidinma ONYEBUCHI

Nigeria

STORY

08/07/2019

08/05/2020

Lizaveta TRAKHALINA

Belarus

Coming soon

03/06/2019

31/03/2020

Nahom GEBREMARIAM

Ethiopia

Coming soon

03/06/2019

31/03/2020

Norsirkhon GOZIKHONOV

Uzbekistan

Coming soon

CLASS OF 2018/2019

19/11/2018

20/09/2019

Walter MANDELA

Uganda

STORY

18/06/2018

19/04/2019

Sariyya BUNYATOVA

Azerbaijan

STORY

22/05/2018

22/03/2019

Kulé GALMA

Kenya/Somalia

STORY

03/04/2018

01/02/2019

Jelena TODIC

Serbia

Coming soon

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

 

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 an email to ChinaProgramme@wto.org to indicate their interest in the Programme, attaching a copy of the online application form (Personal History Form).

Please note that:

  • Incomplete applications will not be considered!
  • There is no opening or closing date for applications.  The selection process, which involves written exam and interview, is conducted on a rolling basis. Internships may be offered at any time during the year. 

Virtual meeting with former and current China Programme interns ľ 16 April 2020

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