How to Apply for the WTO Young Professionals Program 2025

The WTO Young Professionals Program is an opportunity for young individuals all over the world to gain work experience with the World Trade Organization.

As a WTO Young Professional, you will not only be enriching your CV with experience, but the organization will also provide you with a stipend of CHF 4,000 Monthly for living expenses.

In this post, we will explain to you in simple terms, the details of the requirements, benefits, and application process for the WTO Young Professionals Program.

WTO Young Professionals Program Summary

  • Host: World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • Category: Internships | Training 
  • Eligible Countries: All WTO Member Countries
  • Reward: CHF 48,000 Yearly Stipend
  • No IELTS Required 
  • Deadline: April 2, 2024

WTO Young Professionals Program Details:

The WTO Young Professionals Program is an opportunity for young people to enhance their knowledge of WTO and skills in international trade issues. 

The Programme aims to widen the pool of professionals from these WTO Members, with the ultimate goal of broadening their representation in the WTO and/or other regional and international organizations.

The recruitment policy of the WTO is to seek to attract and retain staff members offering the highest standards of competence, efficiency and integrity.

As an Equal Opportunities Employer, the WTO gives full regard to merit and diversity. Apply as soon as possible if you are interested and qualified.

Eligibility Requirements for the WTO Young Professionals Program

To be considered for the WTO Young Professionals Program, you must:

  • Have completed an advanced university degree in economics, econometrics, international relations, law, environment studies, or other trade-related subjects relevant to the work of the WTO.
  • Have a general knowledge of the work of the WTO.
  • Possess technical knowledge in one or more of the areas of work indicated above.
  • Have good drafting skills in English. Ability to draft in French and/or Spanish would be an advantage.
  • Be able to work independently and as part of a team, in a multicultural environment.
  • Have demonstrated a strong interest in international trade and the multilateral trading system.
  • Express commitment and passion for trade or WTO-related work.
  • Be up to the age of 32 years, as of 1 January 2025
  • Be fluent in English. A good working knowledge of either French or Spanish would be an advantage.

Benefits of WTO Young Professionals Program 2025

  • The WTO Young Professionals Program offers selected young professionals the opportunity to gain work experience in the WTO.
  • It is a one-year programme without the possibility of extension.
  • Selected applicants will be given a monthly stipend of CHF4,000 for the whole year

Work Areas for WTO Young Professionals Program

The areas of work may include, inter alia, the following (in alphabetical order):

  • Accessions
  • Agriculture
  • Climate change
  • Communications and External Relations
  • Competition Policy
  • Council and Trade Negotiations
  • Digital Trade
  • Dispute Settlement
  • Economic Research and Statistics
  • Government Procurement
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Investment Facilitation for Development
  • Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs)
  • Market Access (tariffs and non-tariff barriers)
  • Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures
  • Technical Barriers to Trade
  • Trade and Development
  • Trade and Environment
  • Trade Facilitation
  • Trade Finance
  • Trade and Gender
  • Trade in Services and Investment
  • Trade Policy Analysis
  • Trade-Related Technical Assistance.
  • Trade Remedies (anti-dumping and countervailing duties)

How to Apply for the WTO Young Professionals Program (Step by Step)

Interested and qualified applicants should apply by following the process below;

  • Click on the button provided below
  • On the program’s page, click on ‘APPLY’
  • Upload your resume or fill in your details manually
  • Submit your application and await the selection process


  • All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the closing date – Geneva (Switzerland) time – stated in the vacancy announcement.
  • Only applications from nationals of WTO Members will be accepted. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply to this Programme.
  • The WTO may use various communication technologies such as video or teleconference for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.
  • The recruitment process may also involve the use of various forms of testing, assessment centres, interviews and reference checks.

Application Link:

Deadline: April 2, 2024