Internship Programme – 2018


1. The Internship

The purpose of the Programme is to provide young diplomats, graduate students of International Relations, International Law and Political Science, with a work experience opportunity (without remuneration). Internships will be allocated on a limited basis.

Under the guidance and support of the OPANAL Secretariat, interns will receive guidance and support with respect to the duties to be performed, including:

  • Assistance with the preparation of meetings;
  • Assistance with proposals writing in support of the Agency’s programmes;
  • Assistance in the translation of documents (particularly English – Spanish; knowledge of Portuguese and French is an asset);
  • Assistance in the organization of archives; and
  • Other duties as requested by the Secretary-General.

In this Programme, interns will not receive a salary or any other form of remuneration from OPANAL. Interns will be responsible for their own travel and living expenses, as well as for having medical insurance coverage for the duration of the internship. Interns will also be responsible for complying all relevant immigration policies established by the Mexican Government.


2. Duration of the Programme

Each intern will work in OPANAL Secretariat for a period of 5 months.

First semester of 2018: from February 6 to June 29

Second semester of 2018: from July 2 to November 30

It is expected that interns will adjust to the following schedule:

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 the Interns

Although interns are not considered as officers of the Agency, they will report to the Secretary-General on their activities.


4. Privileges and Immunities

Interns will not be entitled to the privileges and immunities of Mexico. 


5. Insurance

OPANAL does not provide interns with any kind of insurance, medical or any other type. It is the responsibility of the interns to have the insurance they require.


6. Confidentiality

Interns are required to maintain complete confidentiality on any information that has not been published by the Agency to which they have had access during the period of their internship. Interns may not publish any report or document based on the information obtained unless they are authorized by OPANAL to do so.


7. Aplication Procedure

To apply for this internship, applicants must submit the following required documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae (2 pages maximum)
  • Statement of Purpose (2 pages maximum)
  • Certified copies of University studies transcripts (including courses taken and grades received);
  • A nomination letter by the Minister of Foreign Affairs or academic institution;


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


8. Deadline for the submission of applications

For the first semester of the year: December 4, 2017

For the second semester of the year: May 14, 2018