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International Council of Nurses
International Health Policy Internship Program
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of national nurses’ associations
(NNAs), representing the more than 16 million nurses worldwide. Founded in 1899, ICN is
the world’s first and widest reaching international organisation for health professionals.
Operated by nurses for nurses, ICN works to ensure quality nursing care for all, sound
health policies globally, the advancement of nursing knowledge, and the presence worldwide
of a respected nursing profession and a competent and satisfied nursing workforce.
As part of a dynamic team, the Health Policy Intern (HPI) is expected to actively work across
the organisation with the aim of assisting ICN to drive the global health policy agenda
through advancing nursing practice, informing and influencing public policymaking, and
promoting positive collaborative relationships with other health sector stakeholders.
This position provides opportunities to work in Geneva for up to a period of six months. The
HPI position is suited to a Registered Nurse who has a high level of maturity and an
independent approach. This HP internship is free of charge and not remunerated by ICN.
Goals and expected outcomes
Experience at first hand the management and structure of an international non-
governmental organisation, its purpose, programme objectives and methods of achieving
Be exposed to the international health environment, both within and outside the nursing profession
Become familiar with the operations of other significant international organisations,
particularly those in the UN system such as the World Health Organization and the
International Labour Organisation
Contribute to one or more ICN core projects or programmes
Work with nurses, as well as management and administrative staff, to obtain a first hand view of current international health issues
Be present at international conferences and disseminate work outputs through peer referred journals or trade literature
Assist ICN to deliver on its strategic plan
Involvement, responsibilities and tasks
The specific tasks/projects assigned will depend on a suitable match between the intern’s
expertise and objectives and ICN’s needs.
Networking opportunities will be made available through contact with other nursing and
health related organisations in Geneva and elsewhere.
The HPI will be placed full time at ICN’s headquarters in Geneva, working five days a week
at ordinary office hours (40 hours/ week). Travel outside the Geneva area is not currently
anticipated, although the opportunity could arise.
If the intern has a personal project on which s/he wishes to work, for example writing a
thesis, preparing course work, independent study, writing or research, some time could be
negotiated for including these activities within her/his work week. For these purposes, the
ICN Resource Centre and library, and the opportunity to consult with ICN professional staff,
will be at the HPI’s disposal.
The HPI will be supervised by one or more of ICN’s staff, depending on the particular task
being undertaken. Mentorship will be provided by the Director of Administration and Human
Resources, who will be responsible for the administrative details of the HPI’s stay, including
housing, working hours, liaison with other staff, orientation and integration into the ICN team.
The HPI should be a qualified/licensed nurse, be held in good standing within the profession
and have at least several years of experience post registration, and hold, at minimum, a
Master’s degree, but Doctoral qualification is desirable. A high level of written and oral
communication is required, with good research and analytical skills, and good inter-personal
skills. Written documents produced by the HPI will be in English. However, a working
knowledge of French or Spanish is desirable. The HPI selected should have enough
experience to be able to function independently for finite periods of time as the need arises.
The minimum period for an HP internship at ICN is six weeks; however the preferred length
is between anywhere from two to six months. Duration can be negotiable, depending on
The cost of living in Geneva is high and an HPI will need to be supported by home university
or institution. ICN will provide furnished accommodation. ICN will make all the necessary
arrangements for entry permit and legal papers and will provide the office space and access
to equipment and resources. Travel costs between the HPI’s place of residence and Geneva
will not be borne by ICN. However, if there are expenses directly associated with the HPI’s
work at ICN (e.g. duty travel, meeting registration fees) these costs will be borne by ICN.
Depending on nationality, ICN may need to obtain a work permit for the HPI in order for
her/him to work at ICN. The Director of Administration and Human Resources will advise the
HPI in due course which information/documents are required.
Applicants are to submit Resume and Covering letter outlining how applicant could assist in
one or more ICN core projects or programs core as identified in EOI.
Resumes, including contact information for 3 reference persons, must be received by e-mail
(firstname.lastname@example.org) or by post (3, place Jean-Marteau, 1201 Geneva – Switzerland).