About OPCW Internships

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is a UN-related organisation located in The Hague in the Netherlands. It is the organisation responsible for the administration of the Chemical Weapons Convention, including verification, inspection, and liaising with member states. It has over five hundred staff from over eighty states and a wide range of employment backgrounds. OPCW is always seeking interns to work within this diverse fabric.

The OPCW’s internship program is aimed at motivated and curious students with an interest in gaining experience in international organisations. The programme provides work placements in the Technical Secretariat for a period of normally between three and six months. Working within the OPCW as an intern provides valuable experience of a multi-cultural working environment and enables familiarisation with the operational procedures of decision-making at an international level.

Unlike a number of UN programmes, the application process is not limited to graduate students. It is open to those enrolled in both undergraduate and graduate programmes, (or equivalent tertiary institutions.) 

For certain internships, such as the Public Affairs Branch, candidates who are enrolled in a university (or equivalent tertiary institution) or are trained in the fields of communications, journalism, photography, video editing, graphic design or web development are highly encouraged to apply.

See: Eligibility Requirements and Frequently Asked Questions

The internship programme is mutually beneficial, with the organisation profiting from the insight and industry of interested students and the intern furthering their education in a practical context. Those branches of the OPCW seeking interns have designated a number of projects for interns to pursue during their time with the organisation, allowing a significant and flexible degree of independence. At the same time, the OPCW recognises that the unfamiliar setting of an international organisation can be an intimidating one, and will ensure that wherever desired, supervision and assistance is readily available.

A monthly stipend of 450 euros will normally be paid to participants of the Internship Programme only. Payment is subject to monthly certification of service by the intern's supervisor.

Participants in the Internship Programme receive no financial remuneration from the OPCW for expenses that they incur in relation to the programme. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation, living expenses and repatriation, etc. are the responsibility of the Participant. The Participant has to enter and exit the country in accordance with the applicable immigration procedures in The Netherlands.

Participants are responsible to have sufficient medical insurance (including coverage of costs of hospitalization for at least the duration of the internship plus one month) and third party liability insurance valid for the Netherlands for the period of their internship (both at their own cost). Participants are required to provide HRB proof of medical insurance and proof of third party liability insurance coverage.Interns without medical insurance coverage are required to participate in the OPCW’s insurance scheme, as applicable to non-staff members. This coverage extends to urgent medical attention for the period of their internship only (the medical insurance for the month following the end date of the internship is responsibility of the intern). Payment for coverage in the OPCW plan is made in full for the period foreseen at the commencement of the internship agreement, at the prevailing daily rate applicable to the OPCW's insurance policy, which is subject to change.


If you have any queries please email the Human Resources department at internships@opcw.org

We look forward to receiving your application.