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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.
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.
The Office of Strategy and Policy develops the Technical Secretariat’s strategic planning and provides policy advice to the Director-General and the Secretariat’s management, particularly relating to cross-cutting issues such as education and outreach, counter-terrorism, and science and technology. In addition, the Office supports the organisational governance of the Secretariat in areas such as knowledge management, results-based management, or risk management. The Office further serves as the secretariat to the Advisory Board on Education and Outreach and to the Scientific Advisory Board, and acts as the focal point for the OPCW’s cooperation with the global chemical industry regarding implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.
Working as part of a highly skilled team you will develop analytical and problem-solving skills. You will learn how to build working relationships and how to provide assistance on projects and daily tasks.
However, whilst there will be a certain focus on building your technical or administrative skill set, we also wish to furnish our interns with the skills needed to manage their workload and create a work/life balance. We also offer plenty of social outings so you can bond with the other interns in the program.
Qualifications and Experience
Education 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.
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. Languages Fluency in English is essential and a good working knowledge of one of the other official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish) is desirable.
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.