Internship Notice - External Relations Division
The Hague (Netherlands)
If you are thinking of entering the world of diplomacy and public policy, an internship at the OPCW could be an ideal start for you.
The objective of the internship is to provide you with a first-hand experience of the day-to-day working environment of an international organisation. You will be given a real chance to work with our people towards the goal of ridding the world of chemical weapons.
As part of our team, working directly with outstanding and inspiring career professionals, you will be exposed to high-profile conferences, participate in meetings, and contribute to analytical work as well as organisational policy of the OPCW. Initially, you will take on the amount of responsibility you can shoulder; the potential for growth, however, is yours to develop.
- Contract Type
A monthly stipend of €450 (four hundred fifty euro)
- Closing Date
You will receive quality hands-on experience that has real-world application. You will stretch yourself and we will challenge you. You will work as part of a team and make a real contribution to OPCW 's mission.
External Relations Division consists of the following branches:
Political Affairs and Protocol Branch (PPB) provides a key service to coordinate efforts and build relations between Member States and various NGOs. PAB’s mandate also includes achieving universality of the Chemical Weapons Convention. It also ensures that the correct diplomatic protocol is always observed and administration of privileges and immunities is delivered. It ensures the implementation of the Headquarters Agreement with the Dutch government, manages travel documents and visa clearances for staff.
Public Affairs Branch (PAB) is responsible for maintaining the OPCW's positive international profile and increasing understanding of the Chemical Weapons Convention. It produces information for the public, including the OPCW website, media releases, educational videos and quarterly newspapers as well as the daily Chemical Weapons News Update disseminated to all staff members. PAB also organises visits to the OPCW by academic institutions, NGOs and the general public.
Qualifications and Experience
To be eligible for the OPCW internship programme, you must be:
enrolled in and have completed at least one year of a degree programme in a university (or equivalent tertiary institution) or;
in a graduate school (second university degree or higher) or;
have recently graduated from a university or a graduate school at the time of application; and
a citizen of an OPCW Member State and fluent in both written and spoken English.
Skills and Competencies
- Teamwork - We work collectively towards a common goal and together we get the job done. As a team member you have to genuinely value other people’s ideas and expertise and be willing to learn from others.
- Commitment to Continuous Learning - The OPCW is committed to a process of continuous learning.
- Technological Awareness - It is hard to keep up with the fast pace of technological change, but the Organization offers training as well as support to keep abreast of technological development.
LanguagesFluency in English is essential and a good working knowledge of one of the other official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish) is desirable.
Acceptance for the programme shall not carry with it any expectation of employment with the OPCW. Interns may not apply for, or be appointed to, any posts or positions at the OPCW within twelve months of the internship agreement end date. The internship programme is run in accordance with the applicable internal rules and where applicable the OPCW Staff Regulations and Interim Staff Rules.
- Participants in the Internship Programme receive no financial remuneration from the OPCW for expenses that they incur in relation to the programme. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, taxes, accommodation, living expenses and repatriation, etc. are the responsibility of the intern. The intern has to enter and exit the country in accordance with the applicable immigration procedures in The Netherlands.
- Participants will be asked to provide proof that they have sufficient financial means for living expenses for the period of their internship.
- Interns will work with the normal working pattern of the OPCW which will amount to no more than 40 hours a week.
Participants who are citizens of non-EU countries should agree not to undertake other work in the Netherlands during their internship other than as an intern at the OPCW, notwithstanding whether such other work is compatible with the discharge of their functions with the OPCW.
Only applications submitted before the closing date and through OPCW CandidateSpace will be considered.
Only applicants under serious consideration for a post will be contacted.
Applications from qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged.