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Internship - International Data Centre or International Monitoring System Divisions

Vienna (Austria)

  • Organization: CTBTO - Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
  • Location: Vienna (Austria)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Statistics
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Closing Date:

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VA ID: 405
Grade Level: INT
Division: International Data Centre Division
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.


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 International Data Centre and International Monitoring System Divisions are technical organizations that apply engineering and science to develop, instantiate, and operate measurements stations around the world as well as receive, process and disseminate the data collected by these stations as well as related analysis products. These are based on four different sensor technologies (seismic, hydroacoustic, infrasound and radionuclide). Potential intern assignments include scientific, engineering, and planning work in station or sensor
development, construction, maintenance, repair, logistics, operation, data analysis, and data management. Intern assignments are typically structured to produce discrete results in a several month timeframe, thus they usually provide some input, analysis or report that is incorporated into a larger, longer-term effort.

Duties and Responsibilties

Under the supervision of a Chief of a relevant Section in the International Data Centre or International Monitoring System Division and in coordination with the responsible Officer(s), the Intern shall:

  1. Define, review, or refine the scope of a discrete project that supports a longer-term goal of the Division;
  2. In collaboration with an assigned supervisor, plan steps to accomplish the scope of the project;
  3. Conduct technical or programmatic research;
  4. Develop software, conduct engineering study or undertake data analysis as appropriate;
  5. Prepare summary report of work including relevant documentation;
  6. Other tasks as assigned.

The intern may be assigned any other duties in furtherance of the Commission’s activities and the scope of internship tasks will be scaled to the level of education and degree program of the candidate.

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 scientific, engineering or technical field. Applications may be up to two years after completion of a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree.


  • The applicant must possess excellent written and oral communication in English.
  • Knowledge of other languages is desirable.


  • Professionalism – Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.
  • Planning and Organizing – Ability to work under pressure.
  • Communication – Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; Proven and sustained communication (verbal and written) skills with people from different backgrounds.
  • Teamwork - Proven interpersonal skills and the ability to listen and work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

PLEASE NOTE: Internship opportunities occur through 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.
We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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