The WTO Accessions Internship Programme is part of China’s LDCs and Accessions Programme — known as the “China Programme” — which was established by the Government of China under a Memorandum of Understanding signed with the WTO on 14 July 2011. The China Programme aims to strengthen LDCs’ participation in the WTO and to assist acceding LDCs in joining the WTO. The China Programme also funds: 1) a WTO Accession Round Table Meeting; and 2) LDCs’ participation in selected WTO meetings of particular interest to them.
Assignments given to interns are intended to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the WTO and of trade law, economics and policies more generally. The need of the divisions is balanced with the capacity-building needs of the interns. Interns are expected to assist the divisions in their normal work. They are supervised by a professional staff member of the WTO.
Interns receive a daily allowance of CHF 60 (including weekends and official holidays that occur within the selected periods). In addition, travel expenses (economy class air fare) to and from Geneva are covered by the WTO.