Public Affairs Branch (PAB)

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).

Core functions of PAB:

We are 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.

Internship assignment:

  • 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 intern 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.

Internship requirements:


Applicants should have a completed or in progress, an academic background preferably in at least one of the following fields:

  • Communication Studies;
  • Similar related field.

Experience and interest

  • 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.

Skills and knowledge 

  • 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;
  • Deep understanding of the internet;
  • A solid knowledge of design for print and digital media.

Language proficiency

  • 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.

Internship period


The internship is offered on a full time basis, for a minimum of three (3) months and normally up to a maximum of six (6) months.

Working hours

The internship working hours shall not exceed forty (40) hours per week.

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.