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Internship - External Relations Protocol and International Cooperation Section


  • Organization: CTBTO - Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
  • Location: Vienna
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Legal - Broad
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Legal and External Relations Division
    • External Relations and International Coo
  • Closing Date:
VA ID: 444
Grade Level: INT
Division: Legal and External Relations Division
Section: External Relations and International Coo
Type of Appointment: Internship
Deadline for Applications:

Please note that all candidates should adhere to CTBTO Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity.

Qualified female applicants and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

 A roster of suitable candidates may be established for similar positions at the same level as a result of this selection process for a period of two (2) years.

Organizational Background

The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization with its headquarters in Vienna is the international organization setting up the global verification system foreseen under the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), which is the treaty banning any nuclear-weapon-test explosion or any other nuclear explosion. The Treaty provides for a global verification regime, including a network of 337 stations worldwide, a communications system, an international data centre and on-site inspections to monitor compliance.

Organizational Setting

The CTBTO awards a limited number of internships to university students and recent graduates from diverse academic background. Its purpose is to provide a learning and development experience in a field related to the Commission’s activities specialized in various professional fields. Interns usually work on specific practical assignments. Opportunities for internships are available subject to the current needs of the individual divisions within the CTBTO. 

The External Relations, Protocol, and International Cooperation Section is located within the Legal and External Relations Division. The Section’s role is to interact with State signatories, non-signatory States, international organizations and other bodies in order to promote entry into force and universalization of the Treaty, as well as to provide protocol and other external relations services for the CTBTO. 

Reporting Lines

Duties and Responsibilties

Under the close supervision of the Chief, External Relations, Protocol and International Cooperation Section, and in coordination with the responsible External Relations Officer(s), the intern shall: 

  1. Conduct research in order to assist the Section in promoting the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) and its universalisation;
  2. Conduct research on political developments related to the CTBT and preparation of related reports; 
  3. Assist External Relations Officers in the Section in preparing background documents in preparation for meetings and other events; 
  4. Assist in writing reports on meetings related to the CTBT and other related events; 
  5. Assist with preparations for outreach activities, such as workshops and seminars;  
  6. Assist in performing protocol functions; 
  7. Assist with general preparations for Section’s activities in the context of the Commission’s integrated capacity building and contribute to content creation for e-learning platform and its maintenance; 
  8. Perform other duties as assigned.

Education and Qualifications

  • Candidates for an internship must be at least 18 years of age and no more than 35 years of age.
  • The applicant must have completed at least two years of full-time study that will lead to the award of a degree in international relations or other relevant field.
  • Applications may be accepted up to two years after completion of a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree. 

Knowledge, Experience and Skills

  • Strong analytical and research skills would be an asset. 


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are essential.
  • Knowledge of other languages is desirable.


  • Professionalism – Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; 
  • Planning and Organizing – Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required.
  • Communication – Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. 
  • Teamwork – Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others.
  • Technological Awareness – Ability to keep abreast of available technology; Willingness to learn new technology.
  • Client Orientation – Ability to identify client’s needs and matches appropriate solutions; Ability to establish and maintain productive relationships with clients.

PLEASE NOTE: Internship opportunities occur through out the year and assignments are filled as required by the CTBTO. Due to the volume of applications received, correspondence will be maintained only with those candidates that are under consideration. Thank you for your understanding.

An intern is neither a staff member nor an official of the Commission. An intern who is a non-Austrian citizen is responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and for complying with local laws concerning police registration.

Additional Information:

  • All applications must be submitted through the CTBTO e-Recruitment system.
  • Additional information relevant to your application must be provided in the Cover Letter. The Cover Letter (maximum 600 words) will discuss, in the context of CTBT and the internship duties (see “Duties and Responsibilities”), how you believe your internship experience may subsequently enable you to make a contribution to improved global security in the next five years.
  • The CTBTO Preparatory Commission retains the discretion not to make any appointment to this vacancy; to make an appointment with a modified job description, or to offer a contract term for a shorter duration than indicated in the vacancy announcement.
  • Please note that the CTBTO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list.
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