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

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Interns are required to keep confidential any and all unpublished information acquired during the course of their internships and may not publish any reports or papers on the basis of information obtained unless authorized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