What do interns at WFP do?
WFP interns play a crucial role in the organization, working alongside experienced professionals to ensure that WFP fulfills its mandate. Interns’ responsibilities are broad and varied, ranging from data entry and financial management to event planning and communications support.
Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience in different fields such as project management, customer relations, finance/accounting and marketing while contributing to WFP’s mission of building a better world through service.
To ensure that interns gain the most out of their time at WFP and build their professional networks, we offer internships in two-year cycles with rotation of duty stations among our offices around the world. Rotation allows interns to learn about different aspects of life within an international organization while being exposed to diverse cultures and languages (English is used as the working language at all duty stations).
- If your internship location is more than 500km away from the city where your university/college campus is located, WFP will pay for your travel to and from that location. The only exception to this rule is if you are an international student and have not yet received your ISIC card, in which case we will not cover any of your travel expenses.
- The distance between the city where the school’s campus is located and where you will be doing your internship counts as well – so if it’s just 10 minutes away by car or bus, we still might not cover it unless there are no other options available to get there (e.g., train).
- If you add up all of these factors together, then yes: WFP may need to pay for some extra expenses related to travel around town during some periods throughout the year due to their policies on this issue being quite strict when compared against other organizations’ offerings!
Cost of living and cost of travel
The cost of travel is not covered by WFP. In most cases, interns pay for their own travel costs, but this can be a significant expense. If you’re considering an internship with WFP, make sure that your finances are in order and you have the resources to cover these expenses before deciding on a job offer.
Additionally, there is no cost-of-living allowance given for internships at WFP—the organization does not pay its interns a salary or stipend. Interns receive a small monthly stipend from the UNDP (approximately $400), which they must use to cover other daily expenses such as food and lodging while in Geneva.
The duration of WFP internships varies from country to country. In general, the program is six months. This means that you have a total of 12 months to complete your internship at the United Nations and apply for an internship with WFP. However, once you are accepted into the WFP internship program and begin working for them, your contract will be for a period of up to 12 months.
You must note that this is longer than what is allowed by the UN’s general internship duration; interns in other departments cannot extend their contracts beyond six months unless they receive special permission from their supervisors (and sometimes even then).
- You must be 18-32 years old.
- WFP will not pay for your travel to the internship and they will not pay you while you are there.
Deadline for applications
The deadline for applications is April 15.
You can make a difference even if you’re still in school.
You can make a difference even if you’re still in school. WFP offers paid internships designed to develop talented young people who are passionate about helping to end hunger and poverty.
We have over 200 interns around the world! They work on a variety of projects, including communications, finance and administration, humanitarian response, policy analysis and advocacy as well as other fields such as nutrition. Your responsibilities may include:
- Researching data sources for a report;
- Drafting technical papers;
- Creating photo essays for social media platforms;
- Reviewing material for accuracy before publication;
Internships range from 3-6 months but can be longer depending on the position requirements (previous experience required). Depending on your skillset you could also opt for an unpaid internship with us at our headquarters in Rome or at one of our field offices around the world – Kampala City Hall in Uganda is just one example!