VERTIC's National Implementation Measures Programme is currently looking for interns with a start date in mid-November.
VERTIC has an ongoing internship programme to cultivate recent graduates' and Master's students' interest in the field of non-proliferation. Our projects range from intergovernmental dialogue on nuclear disarmament, to expert legal advice to multilateral fora and governments on the nuclear, chemical and biological weapons treaties. VERTIC is an accredited observer to the International Atomic Energy Agency, and staff participate regularly in meetings of the Biological and Chemical Weapons Conventions and attend conferences related to UN Security Council Resolution 1540. Interns will have the opportunity to participate in our programmes in various ways, such as helping to research a fact sheet or report, assisting in the organisation of a speaking tour, or preparing briefs.
Interns will assume various programmatic and administrative duties associated with the organisation's activities. Interns are also expected to perform work of a general nature.
For this particular opening, VERTIC is looking for an intern to be part of its National Implementation Measures (NIM) Programme. Established in 2008, the NIM Programme advises States on national implementation of the obligations in the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC); the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC); the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (as amended) (CPPNM/A), the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism (ICSANT), the Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources and other instruments for the security of nuclear and other radioactive material; UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004) (UNSCR 1540); the International Health Regulations and Codex Alimentarius.
Interns are expected to have a good grasp of international law, as well as knowledge in disarmament, arms control, and non-proliferation related issues. They should have excellent research, writing, editing, networking, and organisational skills. All of our interns are expected to contribute to publications so fluency in English is essential. Familiarity with computers and office software is required as well as an ability to use the Internet. Interns are asked to attend five days a week so that they can establish a sense of continuity and undertake substantive assignments. As the internship itself involves fairly advanced material and tasks, we expect our interns to have completed or be in the process of completing a law degree.
While the internship is technically a volunteer position, VERTIC will provide a £500/month stipend to contribute to the interns' living expenses. Interns should be able to make a commitment of 2 to 3 months. Upon receiving an internship offer, VERTIC will confirm your internship for one month. Each subsequent month is subject to approval from your supervisors.
Our internship programme has a continuous application process. Applicants are therefore asked to state the dates they would be available in their covering letter, and to send their applications in well in advance.
The requirements for visas and work permits depend on the citizenship of the applicant. Non-European Union nationals are required to contact the British Consulate in their country of citizenship, to learn what the visa requirements are before applying and ensuring they are eligible. Unfortunately VERTIC is unable to assist applicants to gain visas or permits.
How to Apply
Please submit the following application materials:
1. A cover letter, which should include the following information: what dates you are available between; the reasons for your interest in working at VERTIC; how many days a week you wish to work;
2. Your CV/resume;
3. A recent writing sample (1500-2000 words); and
4. Two references (contact details or letters) from former or current professors and/or employers.
Please send your application by e-mail to Helen Cummins. Preliminary interviews will be conducted by telephone for those applicants who do not live in the London metropolitan area. Please note that VERTIC cannot cover interns' relocation or accommodation expenses.