Internships at VERTIC
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.
Interns 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 a Master's degree or be in the process of completing a graduate degree. In some circumstances, VERTIC will consider recent graduates with a BA, in the case that they have previous internship experience.
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 cover 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.