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Internship Details

Intern/BOS/ICT – (2403980) Contractual Arrangement: Intern Contract Duration: 3 months, starting between June and July 2024 Closing Date: Jun 5, 2024, 2:59:00 PM Primary Location: Türkiye-Istanbul Organization: EU/BOS Division of Business Operations Schedule: Full-time


The objective of the AI/ML Software Engineer Internship WHO / Europe is to cultivate emerging talent in the field of artificial intelligence by providing hands-on experience with real-world applications in public health. Interns will actively contribute to the development and implementation of AI-driven projects, enhancing their technical skills while gaining a comprehensive understanding of how AI technologies can address pressing global health challenges. This program aims to bridge the gap between academic knowledge and practical application, preparing interns to become proficient and ethically-aware AI professionals in a global health context. 



Under the supervision of the AI Software Engineer Lead and/or Regional ICT Manager, the intern is assigned the agreed terms of reference: 

  • Assist in collecting, cleaning, and organizing data for AI model use. 
  • Help develop and refine AI models under senior team guidance. 
  • Document AI development processes and prepare progress reports. 
  • Engage in learning sessions on AI tools and apply these in projects. 
  • Participate in project meetings and contribute to solution discussions. 
  • Aid in the creation of dashboards and visualizations for model outputs. 
  • Learn and apply ethical AI principles, ensuring data privacy compliance. 
  • Collaborate on a capstone project that demonstrates AI application in public health. 
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Have completed the equivalent of three years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution on Software Engineering, Computer Science, or similar prior to commencing the assignment; AND be enrolled in a course of study at a university or equivalent institution leading to a formal qualification (applicants who have already graduated may also qualify for consideration provided that they apply to the internship within six months after completion of their formal qualification). 

Skills – Core competencies 

  • Teamwork: Collaborate effectively with AI project teams, sharing insights and learning from experienced professionals to drive project success. 
  • Respecting and Promoting Individual and Cultural Differences: Engage with a diverse team of experts and peers from various backgrounds, promoting an inclusive environment that values different perspectives, especially in a global health context. 
  • Communication: Clearly articulate complex AI concepts and project updates both orally and in writing to technical and non-technical stakeholders, ensuring transparency and mutual understanding. 

All interns should be able to demonstrate the following skills in line with the WHO core competencies: 

  • Communicating effectively orally and in writing 
  • Showing willingness to learn from mistakes 
  • Producing and delivering quality results 
  • Working collaboratively with team members 



  • Advanced programming skills in languages such as Python, R, or Java, particularly those relevant to AI and data manipulation. 
  • Familiarity with data handling, cleaning, and visualization techniques. 


  • Introductory knowledge of machine learning algorithms and principles.  
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to work with complex datasets and derive insights. 
  • Experience with mathematical/statistical modelling and data analysis. 
  • Experience in the subject area through academic work or research.   
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Interns do not receive a salary. They do however receive a living allowance. The allowance depends on the duty station and other external support (grant, scholarships, etc.) received by the intern, and whether their permanent residence is in the duty station of the internship.   

In Istanbul, for interns with permanent residence in the duty station, the maximum amount of the allowance provided by WHO is 19,300 Turkish Lira per month. For interns whose permanent residence is outside of the duty station, the maximum amount is is approximately 48,856 Turkish Lira per month.. The exact amount of the living allowance will be calculated for each intern, after selection, based on a legal financial disclosure form that the individual will complete. In addition, all interns in Istanbul will receive a lunch allowance of USD 8 per working day. WHO also provides all interns with accident and medical insurance coverage.  


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