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 program 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 six months.


1. The internship
OPANAL is trying to find ways to increase the participation of the Caribbean Member States in its activities. Only three States belonging to CARICOM – Belize, Haiti and Jamaica – have permanent representations in Mexico (Host State). A suitable initiative could be an internship programme with financial support.

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:

  • Assist in meeting preparations;
  • Assist in the elaboration of proposals in support of the Agency’s programmes;
  • Assist in the translation of documents (particularly English↔Spanish; knowledge of Portuguese and French is an asset);
  • Assist in the organization of archives; and
  • Other duties as requested by the Secretary-General.


2. Duration
Each intern will remain at OPANAL for a period of 5 months.

Firs half of 2017: from 27 February to 28 July.

Second half of 2017: from 17 July to 15 December.

Interns are expected to adhere to the following timetable:

Monday through Thursday - from 9:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m.
Friday – from 9:00 a.m. to 02:00 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.


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.


7. Application
Candidates must submit the following:

  1. Curriculum Vitae (2 pages maximum)
  2. Statement of purpose (2 pages maximum)
  3. Certified copies of university studies transcripts (including courses taken and grades received)
  4. A written sample of research work or an abstract of academic papers (3-12 pages maximum)
  5. A letter of endorsement from the candidate’s academic institution or Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  6. Two letters of recommendation
  7. A proof of enrolment in a health insurance plan

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


8. 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.


9. Deadline for the submission of applications
For the first half of the year: Monday, 16 January 2017

For the second half of the year: Monday, 1 May 2017