Internship with Public Affairs Branch of the OPCW in The Hague

Are you enrolled in an academic course on Communication Studies or other related fields, and would like to work for an international organization such as the Organisation for the prohibition of Chemical Weapons? Then don’t let this opportunity pass you by!

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Organization/Company: The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is the implementing body of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which entered into force in 1997. As of today OPCW has 192 Member States, who are working together to achieve a world free of chemical weapons.

The OPCW Member States share the collective goal of preventing chemistry from ever again being used for warfare, thereby strengthening international security. To this end, the Convention contains four key provisions:

- Destroying all existing chemical weapons under international verification by the OPCW

- Monitoring chemical industry to prevent new weapons from re-emerging

- Providing assistance and protection to States Parties against chemical threats

- Fostering international cooperation to strengthen implementation of the Convention and promote the peaceful use of chemistry

The Public Affairs Branch's (PAB) purpose is to present the face, amplify the voice and extend the reach of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), with the aim of conveying the ongoing relevance of the OPCW and efforts to verifiably eliminate chemical weapons and prevent their re-emergence. This means maintaining the OPCW's positive international profile and improving the understanding of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).

The PAB is a small, collaborative and dynamic team responsible for the following areas of public information:

- Developing public affairs strategies, policies, and creative ways to engage key stakeholders

- Editorial management of the OPCW website and social media channels

- Preparation of media releases

- Creation of a new, improved and user-friendly OPCW website

- Production of a wide variety of multi-media material

- Generating creative solutions and producing OPCW branded visual communication materials across a wide range of media

- Preparation of information materials, including research, drafting text and graphic design

- Cultivation of media contacts including background briefings, drafting of media releases, answering queries, arranging interviews with OPCW’s senior officials and organisation of media events

- Organisation of outreach events

- Video and photo preparation, shooting, processing, follow-up

- Audio visual cataloguing, archiving and posting to online platforms


Duty Station: The Haugue, Netherlands


Open To: Everyone who has completed or is completing an academic course in Communication Studies or a related field


Timeframe: 3 to 6 months, 40 hours per week


Deadline: Open


Job description: The PAB is looking for interns to join the team and gain experience in the Public Affairs field. The interns will:

- Assist with organising and engaging stakeholders in the activities of the PAB

- Improve understanding of, and working skills with the corporate use of social media and their integration with Education and Outreach (E&O) activities

The interns will be a part of the team and will assist in many of the aspects of PAB’s work, depending on their particular skills, areas of interest and needs of the Branch.



- Applicants should have a completed, or in progress, academic background preferably in Communication Studies or a similar related field

- Experience in the field of video and photography; understanding of frame composition, camera operations, multimedia related applications like Final Cut Pro X and Lightroom

- Interest in current events and social media

- Excellent computer skills

- Excellent judgment and willingness to learn

- Attention to detail and diligence

- Good communication skills and a talent for collaboration

- Good knowledge of the use of current social media platforms, including best practices for content development for engagement

- Knowledge of Content Management Systems (CMS) such as WordPress and Drupal

- Excellent research and drafting skills

- Event organisation experience

- Deep understanding of the internet

- A solid knowledge of design for print and digital media

- Fluency in English is essential; a good working knowledge of one or more of the OPCW official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish) is desirable


Wage/Fees:  Not mentioned


Application process: In order to apply for internships, you must follow this link which will direct you to the Jobs section of the website. Under General Service vacancies you will be able to view the Internship notice indicating the description, various opportunities, term, and the dates until when the applications will be accepted.

Steps in applying for internships:

1. Register and create an account under the jobs section

2. If you already have an account, login here

3. Log in and complete the Personal History Form (PHF)

4. Find the internship announcement under General Service vacancies and proceed to apply. Note: you will only be able to proceed to apply if all required fields have been filled in correctly in the PHF

5. Read all screening questions carefully and answer them correctly

6. Finally fill out the section on cover letter

If you have any questions regarding the above-mentioned procedure, please contact the Organization at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please note that internship applications through this e-mail address will not be considered.


Useful information: Infrequently, due to large outreach events, you will be asked to work different hours, including during the weekend. In such rare cases, you will be given compensatory time off, as agreed with your supervisor.


Useful links:

Link to the offer

Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons website


Contact information:

Johan de Wittlaan 32

2517 JR - The Hague

The Netherlands

tel: +31 70 416 3300

fax: +31 70 306 3535

edited by Ruino Martina Pia


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