Trainee programmes and internships


The Netherlands Trainee Programme (NTP) assists the economic and social development of least-developed countries (LDCs), low-income countries and small and vulnerable economies by helping government officials improve their understanding of trade policy. Particular attention is given to African countries. The participating official is expected to complete specific, well-defined tasks.

The WTO regional coordinator internship programme allows an intern to be based in the mission of a regional coordinator for nine designated groups, for a period of six-months without extension. These groups are the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP) Group, the WTO African Group, the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM), the GRULAC (informal group of Latin-American members of the WTO), the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), the WTO LDCs’ Consultative Group, the Informal Group of Developing Countries, the Arab Group and the Pacific Islands Forum.

The WTO French and Irish Mission Internship Programme (FIMIP) was developed for the benefit of Geneva-based missions. Over a ten-month period, the candidates work in their WTO mission in Geneva, and can represent their country in the various bodies of the WTO. This programme is available primarily to missions of LDCs and small and vulnerable economies.

The WTO Accessions Internship Programme (AIP), sponsored by the Government of China under China's LDCs and Accessions Programme, aims to help young professionals from LDCs and developing countries increase their understanding of the WTO and of trade law, international economics and international relations. Over a six-month period, the interns are based in the Accessions Division or other divisions of the WTO Secretariat. They are expected to assist the divisions in their normal work.

The WTO Young Professionals Programme (YPP) targets qualified young professionals with graduate degrees in international trade and trade policy rather than government officials.  Recruitment for the YPP is through a competitive process and is based on merit.  During the initial years of the programme, priority will be given to young professionals from eligible LDCs and developing countries that are not currently represented at the professional level in the WTO Secretariat. The programme aims to widen the pool of professionals from these countries, and to make them more competitive with respect to recruitment in the WTO and/or other regional and international organizations.