Internship Programme Earmarked for Caribbean Member States


As part of the celebration of the XXIV Regular Session of OPANAL General Conference, held on 26 November 2015 in Mexico City, the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and OPANAL signed a cooperation agreement to provide the opportunity for two interns from the Caribbean Member States to gain professional experience at OPANAL Secretariat.

Starting in 2016, OPANAL will annually coordinate and organize the internship programme for two citizens from Caribbean Member States. The Government of the Netherlands will participate with financial support for interns. The interns will collaborate in daily activities of OPANAL during a period of five months.


Assessment of the Internship Programme by the participants


Jamaica’s participation in the internship programme reflects the mutually supportive relationship between Jamaica and OPANAL in advancing their common goal i.e. general and complete disarmament, in pursuit of regional and international peace and security.

The Government of Jamaica is pleased to note that Ms. [Tamara] Taylor made a valuable contribution to the work of OPANAL and is grateful to the Agency, and also to the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, for affording her this opportunity. The Government of Jamaica is confident Ms Taylor’s experience at the Agency will redound to the benefit of Jamaica’s work on the disarmament agenda.”

Jamaica Foreign Service (2016)


My time spent in Mexico can be deemed as a truly challenging but yet rewarding experience. I am appreciative of the knowledge acquired at OPANAL, the lessons learnt and the friendships formed with both the Staff of the Secretariat and other Member States. I can personally attest to the fact that had I not left Guyana some of the challenges experienced in Mexico would never have molded my character and personality. Thank you for selecting me to be a participant of the Internship Programme. As you prepare for the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Tlatelolco, it is my hope that both the events planned will be successful and well attended, especially by the Caribbean Member States. I will try my best upon my return home to advocate for Guyana’s participation at the Ministerial level.”

Ms Tabitha Barnwell - Guyana (2016)


The Internship Programme of the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL) has been a truly rewarding experience. It certainly afforded me the opportunity to be part of the remarkable work which the Agency has undertaken in recent times with respect to nuclear disarmament initiatives, not only to ensure the safety of the Latin America and Caribbean region, but the rest of the world. It was even more rewarding to be part of the team in the year the Agency celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Tlatelolco; a momentous occasion to celebrate the successes of the Agency and reflect on the journey ahead. More importantly it is the year when the world’s first legally-binding treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons opened for signature. The internship programme provided the opportunity to learn more about the challenges and advances with respect to nuclear disarmament and how States can contribute towards achieving and maintaining a world free of nuclear weapons. We all can play an integral role in achieving this goal.

Mr Carlton Henry - Saint Lucia (2017)


I am sincerely honoured to have been selected as the recipient of the Internship Programme of the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean. I understand the problems of the world can never be solved by the launching of nuclear weapons, the future depends on our actions now. Concerning nuclear disarmament, I desire to focus on nuclear-weapon-free zones because is urgently important to public health. I promise I will work very hard and in time I will give something back to others in my country: Haiti.

I thank the Netherlands for its generosity, because I am the first Haitian in the Internship Programme of OPANAL. Thank you for considering my application, I am now one-step closer to achieving my goal. This internship will make a significant positive impact on my ability to continue to help my country: Haiti.

Mr Jeff Desir - Haiti (2017)



1. The internship

The purpose of an internship at OPANAL Secretariat is to provide graduate and postgraduate students from the fields of international relations, international law and political sciences with on-the-job training opportunities. Internships will be granted on a limited scale and the participants will receive guidance and support from the Secretariat officers with respect to the duties to be performed, including:

  • Assisting in meeting preparations;
  • Assisting in the elaboration of proposals in support of the Agency’s programmes;
  • Assisting in the translation of documents (particularly English↔Spanish; knowledge of Portuguese and French is an asset); 
  • Assisting in the organization of documentation.


2. Duration

A 5-month internship.

First half of 2018: from 19 February to 13 July.

Second half of 2018: from 16 July to 14 December.

Interns are expected to adhere to the following timetable:

Monday through Thursday - from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday – from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


3. Status of an intern

Although interns will not be regarded as officers of the Agency, they will report to the Secretary-General.


4. Privileges and immunities

Interns shall not be entitled to the privileges and immunities by the Host State (Mexico).


5. Insurance

OPANAL does not provide any insurance coverage, medical or otherwise. An insurance certificate is required. Interns are entirely responsible for any insurance coverage that they may need.


6. Confidentiality

Interns are required to keep confidential any and all unpublished information acquired during the course of their internships and may not publish any reports or papers on the basis of information obtained unless authorized to do so by OPANAL.


6. Application

Candidates must submit the following:

  1. Curriculum Vitae (2 pages maximum)
  2. Statement of purpose (1 page maximum)
  3. Certified copies of university studies transcripts (including courses taken and grades received).
  4. A letter of endorsement from the candidate’s academic institution or Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  5. Two letters of recommendation
  6. A proof of enrolment in a health insurance plan.

Applications must be sent to Ms. Noemí Rodríguez Velázquez, Translation and Education Officer,


7. Financial Support

Elected candidates will receive a round-trip airfare to Mexico City, and a monthly allowance of USD 1,000.00 for accommodation and living costs.


8. Deadline for the submission of applications

For the first half of the year: Tuesday, 6 February 2018.

For the second half of the year: Friday, 1 June 2018.