Global Health Law Externships Announced
Web Editor - Published: December 14, 2009
GlobalHealthLawPromoGreenLaw students may now qualify for externships in global health law with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland (WHO), beginning in the summer of 2010, among other places. Positions may also be available at other governmental and non-governmental organizations, including the Global Health Council in Washington, DC, and U.S. federal agencies such as the Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, division of health products and services.

Professor Michele Forzley and a representative from the placement organization will supervise the externship. These externships are qualified for up to 6 credits, and specific requirements will depend upon the placement. Some may be available during the school year, and some will be open to M.J. as well as J.D. students.

To be eligible for the WHO placement, the applicant must be a 2nd year law student with a GPA of 3.0 or better who attends or has attended Widener’s Summer Institute in Lausanne, Switzerland. The WHO Intern will spend 8 weeks in residence in Switzerland.

The 2010 WHO externship will involve research to identify the relationship between the rule of law and access to medicines in designated countries. At the conclusion of the research externs will deliver a report of findings to the WHO that may also fulfill directed research credit requirements.

Students interested in learning more about the Global Health Law Externships are invited to a Question & Answer session with Professor Forzley on January 19th from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. in the Health Law Conference Room 223.

Applications for the externships are due by February 10, 2010 and should be submitted to Professor Michele Forzley by email at, with a cover letter and a resume.