Internship programme

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Gavi is continually looking to attract talented and motivated individuals to intern in our Geneva and Washington DC offices.

Gavi Interns 2015

1. Purpose

The main goal of our internship programme is to provide you with a quality learning experience. In turn, we benefit from a talented pool of individuals, specialising in various fields related to our work and mission.

Our programme is to provide eligible individuals with:

  • a better understanding of Gavi’s mission, goals and objectives;
  • a framework to enhance your educational experience with meaningful work assignments and projects, thus giving you an opportunity to develop skills which will be useful in your career; and
  • an opportunity to work in a dynamic and multicultural environment in which you can make a difference.

2. Eligibility criteria

We accept applications from you that meet the following criteria:

  • you are currently pursuing a recognised educational programme in fields related to Gavi’s activities, leading to a formal undergraduate or post-graduate qualification/degree; or
  • you have completed your qualification/degree within a twelve-month period prior to joining; and
  • you are fluent in English (Gavi’s working language); and
  • you have not previously participated in an internship at Gavi.

3. Application process

Gavi regularly seeks interns based on the needs of various departments. If you are interested in interning with us, please visit our career webpage where the internship opportunities are being advertised. We kindly ask you to mention your date of availability on your resume.

4. Frequently Asked Questions

What is the duration of the internship?
Our internships are offered for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 24 weeks.

Are internships available on a part-time basis?
Interns are expected to work full-time. The working hours are normally from 9am to 6pm in Geneva and 8:30am to 5:30pm in Washington DC with an hour lunch break included.

Where can I find more information about each department at Gavi?
The details of Gavi teams can be found on this page.

Do I need to speak French or any other languages for this internship?
The official working language of Gavi is English. However, additional languages can be particularly useful for some teams.

Does Gavi accept internship applications from out-of-state or overseas?
Eligible applicants of all nationalities are welcome to submit their applications to Gavi as we are committed to maintaining a workplace that promotes diversity.

How do I obtain visa and other travel related documents to either Switzerland or the United States?
Each applicant who has been selected for the internship is responsible for the full cost of making their travel arrangements and obtaining the necessary documents such as passport, visa, and purchase of travel ticket(s). The visa processing for both Switzerland and the U.S. vary from country to country. Therefore, we encourage you to check with the nearest Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence. Certain rules and restrictions may apply to obtain a non-immigrant visa.

Is the internship paid?
Interns who are not sponsored by their university may be qualified for a limited Gavi stipend to cover basic costs such as local transportation and lunch expenses during the internship. However, a stipend may not always be available.

What can I expect at the end of the internship?
Gavi asks all interns and their supervisors to complete an evaluation form at the end of the programme.

Does Gavi hire interns into full-time positions?
Interns are eligible to apply for advertised positions following the end of their internship.

Additional Notes

Please bear in mind that all Gavi interns in Switzerland and the U.S. are expected to provide proof of medical insurance coverage for illness and accident for the duration of their internship.

Gavi shall not be liable for any injury, disability, or death suffered by an intern or for any medical or hospital expenses, which may be incurred in the course of the internship.

Interns are responsible for finding their accommodation and covering the cost of living expenses during the period of their internship.

What GAVI interns say

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Gavi support helped countries to immunise 277 million children between 2011 and 2015.


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