CIOMS support for internships at WHO Geneva

International Federation of Medical Stundets' Associations

Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) recently signed an agreement with the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA). This agreement aims to support medical students from IFMSA to undertake internships in the World Health Organization (WHO) in the area of medicines (including vaccines) safety/pharmacovigilance and medical research ethics.

In short, in collaboration with IFMSA CIOMS will annually give up to three financial grants to support medical student internships in WHO. Geneva is an expensive place to stay and this could help students, especially from resource- limited settings. For more information on the terms and conditions to apply for this grant, please see below:

1. CIOMS makes available a fund of maximum 6’000 CHF to give financial support to 2-3 medical students from IFMSA Member Organizations per year for internships in WHO units in Geneva dealing with global health ethics, pharmacovigilance (medicines and vaccines safety) and device (medical devices including in-vitro diagnostics) vigilance. This financial support is offered by CIOMS to ensure effective next generation of medical doctors participation in WHO’s technical work by supporting their living costs.

2. This would be a financial support in the form of a grant for two or three students interning in WHO for a 2-3 months period with maximum support of 1’200 CHF per month. The CIOMS reserves the right to determine the number of grants offered (two or three) and the exact amount of each individual grant depending on the number of applications and the specificities of each supported application.

3. The individual grants will be handed over to successful applicants after they come for a signature in person upon their arrival at the CIOMS office in Geneva. The applicants have to schedule this appointment in advance together with CIOMS. In addition, each applicant is offered up to three free CIOMS publications relevant to their internship area of work.

4. CIOMS will help put IFMSA in contact with the relevant WHO units dealing with global health ethics, pharmacovigilance (medicines and vaccines safety) and device (medical devices including in-vitro diagnostics) vigilance and will support the development of Terms of Reference (ToRs), which will serve as a scope of work guiding the intern’s everyday activities and specifying the expected overall output expected at the end of internship.

6. This Internship opportunity is open to medical students who belong to IFMSA Member
Organizations. The student:

  1. Should be aged between 20 and 34 years old.
  2. Must be enrolled in a course of study (graduate or postgraduate) at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a formal qualification.
  3. Must have excellent oral and written skills in English (a necessary requirement)
  4. Must possess a passport of a WHO Member State.

7. Interested students should submit by email a Letter of Motivation (no more than 2 pages), a Curriculum Vitae (no more than 2 pages) and an Enrolment Letter from their University, along with a Membership Certification from their IFMSA Member Organization. These documents form their application and should be submitted to IFMSA, to be forwarded to WHO.

8. Interns shall be shortlisted by IFMSA and the final selection will be done by WHO. The selection process remains at the sole discretion of WHO. Only applicants selected by WHO are eligible for a CIOMS financial support grant.

9. Recipients of the financial support grant will be charged with the following roles and responsibilities:

  1. Follow the appropriate application procedures and strictly adhere to the conditions of the WHO Internship Programme as stipulated on the WHO website.
  2. Submit a detailed report at the end of the Internship period to CIOMS and IFMSA detailing the experiences, challenges, projects initiated as well as outcomes of the internship.

June 2019