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Internship - Policy Planning and Operations Section On-Site Inspection Division


  • Organization: CTBTO - Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
  • Location: Vienna
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Political Affairs
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Legal - Broad
    • Internal audit, Investigation and Inspection
    • On-Site Inspection Division
    • Policy Planning and Operations Section
  • Closing Date:
VA ID: 401
Grade Level:
Division: On-Site Inspection Division
Section: Policy Planning and Operations Section
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 On-Site Inspection (OSI) Division develops operational capabilities to undertake inspections in line with the provisions of the CTBT. After the treaty enters into force, an on-site inspection (OSI) is launched to establish whether or not a nuclear explosion has been carried out. During such an inspection, facts might also be gathered to identify a possible violator of the Treaty. It thus constitutes the final verification measure under the CTBT.

One of the responsibilities of the Policy, Planning and Operations Section is to plan exercises to test the CTBTO’s ability to conduct on-site inspections and to identify any further improvement. Several exercises are planned for 2018-2020, including small table-top exercises as well as larger headquarter- and field-based exercises (“build-up exercises”).

The intern will gain understanding of: the planning process for large-scale exercises, a range of substantive on-site inspections issues, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and key aspects of the CTBT in the context of global security and arms control. The intern will provide the OSI division with useful knowledge to plan OSI exercises.

Duties and Responsibilties

Under the supervision of the Policy Planning Officer (Policy, Planning and Operations Section; OSI division) and the overall guidance of the Section Chief, the Intern shall – on a full-time or part-time basis, support in the planning of CTBT On-Site Inspection exercises, in particular:

On substance:

  1. Contribute intellectually to discussions, e.g. with points of policy that relate to the CTBT;
  2. Assist with research on a theme relating to the CTBT, which, depending on expertise and interest could touch on policy, strategic, legal, or scientific/technical aspects of on-site inspections.

On process:

  1. Contribute to process improvements in line with good practice in project management;
  2. Support the implement of improvements, as directed;
  3. Support the revision of a range of planning documents;
  4. Perform other tasks 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 any thematic area. Applications may be up to two years after completion of a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree.
  • Knowledge or interest in at least one of the following areas: Arms control/non-proliferation/disarmament, international/external/public relations, project management, strategy and policy, planning of exercises, verification of treaty obligations, or operational command and control.


  • 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 include at least one of the areas listed in the section on “Knowledge and interest” (see "Education and Qualificationand discuss, in the context of CTBT on-site inspections 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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