The Forum relies on a team of nearly 600 people, dedicated to its mission to improve the state of the world. They constantly strive to win the respect of our Members, working to understand and meet their needs in a supportive way. Everything we undertake must be ‘world class’, in a work environment that combines the best elements of entrepreneurship with those of global public interest.
We value a highly spirited, diverse, impartial and independent workforce, attracting people of more than 60 nationalities from business, consulting, NGOs, international institutions, academia, research, public administration and diplomacy. We are a community, acting as a launch pad for activities and initiatives that help reshape the world.
Please download our Institutional brochure, which explains in greater depth how we are organized as a community of communities to generate interaction, insight and impact from our activities.
You will also find additional information on our LinkedIn page.
1. In Geneva, do you hire candidates who are not Swiss nationals or holders of a valid Swiss work permit?
The World Economic Forum applies for a Carte de Légitimation (CDL) from the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs for non-Swiss citizens who take on a role in Geneva. The CDL is granted for the duration of the employment with the Forum in Geneva and gives the right to live in Switzerland and work for the Forum. In partnership with a specialist immigration partner, the Forum supports the employee to apply for their CDL and their relocating family.
In the World Economic Forum USA, support for U.S work authorization is made on a case by case basis, depending upon the qualifications of the candidate and the role.
The Forum Beijing Office will work with the Chinese authorities to apply for a permit for candidates who are not Chinese nationalities and who do not have a valid work permit in China. Upon hiring a candidate, the Forum Beijing Office assumes that there will be no problem in obtaining the work permit, but cannot be held liable if the work permit is not obtained and, therefore, will not cover any of the direct or indirect costs or expenses that may result from the employee's move to China. The employee is not entitled to an indemnity for any damage caused by the failure to obtain a valid work permit or as a consequence of the nullity of the work agreement.
2. Is it possible to work for the World Economic Forum abroad?
Yes. The World Economic Forum has its headquarters in Cologny/Geneva, and three offices in New York, Beijing, and Tokyo; the former run by our affiliate the World Economic Forum USA. Please note that for each open position on our website, the location of employment is specified.
3. Does the World Economic Forum offer internships?
The World Economic Forum does not offer internships on a regular basis in Cologny/Geneva. We do, however, offer summer internships through the World Economic Forum USA in New York. These and all our openings are posted on the Careers section of our website.
4. Is it possible to work as external staff for the Regional Summits?
Although we do not recruit external staff for our regional activities, we employ a limited number of external staff members for the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. The recruitment process for these positions begins in October of each year. A specific advertisement is posted on the Geneva Careers section of our website at that time.
5. How can I apply?
Please apply directly online through the Careers section of the website, which includes opportunities in our offices in Geneva, Beijing, and New York. Please send your application in English. Applications sent by post will not be returned to candidates, and candidates who send such applications will be instructed to apply online.
6. What is the deadline for applying?
As long as a position is still listed on our website, we are accepting applications. Once the position has been filled, it will be taken off our website and all candidates who applied will be notified.
7. What can I expect after my application has been submitted?
Within 2-4 weeks after your application has been submitted, you will receive an email letting you know that you have either been selected for the next round, or that your application has not been shortlisted and we will be proceeding with other candidates.
After being shortlisted, the first step is a preliminary conversation with a recruiter from the Forum, who will ask you about your interest in our organization and ensure that you have a good understanding of the role for which you applied. If that conversation is satisfactory, you will then be shortlisted for a conversation with the hiring manager, which will be a one-hour video interview, the result of which will determine which candidates will be shortlisted for face-to-face interviews at the Forum’s offices in Geneva.
Our face-to-face interviews include several components such as a panel interview with 3-4 internal stakeholders in addition to HR, an informal conversation with potential team members to talk about daily tasks and expectations, and another in-depth conversation with the hiring manager. Other components that may be included are a presentation exercise or other test, and an interview with a member of the Managing Board depending on the level of the role.
Approximately 2 weeks after completion of the face-to-face interview, and in most cases sooner, the candidates may expect a response – including an offer for the selected candidate.
8. How can I apply for the Global Leadership Fellows programme?
The job opening for the Global Leadership Fellows programme is also on our website, and candidates may submit the application through our website as usual, making sure to complete the short essay questions that are an integral part of the application form. Shortlisted candidates will go through an interview process that includes a personality test, panels interview at our offices in Geneva, a role play exercise, a group case study, and further essay writing.
9. Can I apply for more than one position at a time?
Yes. However, please be sure to enclose a unique cover letter for each position explaining your interest and potential fit.
10. Can I make changes to my application file?
Yes, you may update your profile in the ‘Previous Applicants’ section, using your login (email address) and password. You can add or remove a position, upload attachments and update your personal information.
11. Why can I not access my profile?
The system says ‘Invalid User Name or Password’. Please make sure that you login on the careers section of our website (www.weforum.org/careers) and not in our Members’ Area. If you do not remember your password, please click on ‘If you do not remember your password click here’ at the bottom of the Careers webpage.
12. What type of references will you require?
For the Global Leadership Fellows Programme, and also for finalist candidates for other roles, we will need the contact details of three professional references who we will contact at the offer stage; of course we will ask you for your written agreement. These references may be from a current or previous employer or colleague who can attest to your professional qualifications.