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Internship - Public Information Section, VAI-005-2014
Start date: As soon as possible | Duration: 3 to 12 months
The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) is an international organization located in Vienna, Austria. Its main task is to establish a global verification regime to monitor compliance with the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), which bans all nuclear explosions. The verification regime includes a global network of 337 monitoring facilities, using four different technologies (seismic, hydroacoustic, infrasound and radionuclide), a communications infrastructure, an international data centre, and the capability to carry out on-site inspections.
We seek to recruit a highly qualified candidate for the following positions in the Commission's Provisional Technical Secretariat:
Title of Assignment: Internship - Public Information Section
Vacancy Number: VAI-005-2014
Date of Issuance: 01-Oct-2014
Deadline Date:
Start date: As soon as possible
Duration: 3 to 12 months
The CTBTO awards a limited number of internships to university students and recent graduates from diverse academic background. Its purpose is to provide a learning and development experience in a field related to the Commission’s activities specialized in various professional fields. Interns usually work on specific practical assignments. Opportunities for internships are available subject to the current needs of the individual divisions within the CTBTO.

The Public Information (PI) Section is responsible for communicating about the mandate and work of the organization to different target audiences, as well as internally. It does this in a variety of ways, using a dedicated website, social media channels, traditional media outreach, publications, exhibition, events, and cultural diplomacy

Under the close supervision of the Spokesperson and Chief of Public Information, and as a member of the press and public information team, the intern shall:
  • Research and manage the daily press clippings, and provide summaries for senior management;
  • Draft input for the social media sites Facebook and Twitter, monitor comments and conduct media research and analysis;
  • Research and draft articles for the public website www.ctbto.org;
  • Assist with research on public diplomacy strategies to promote the Treaty’s entry into force and the completion of its verification regime;
  • Assist with building media profiles for public information stake holders and research media outlets in different countries and regions;
  • Update contact data base and the Flickr photograph data base;
  • Assist inthe video-audio project productions with draftingshot sheets, updating the YouTube site and organizing video-audio files;
  • Support efforts to highlight the Group of Eminent Persons (GEM) and the CTBTO Youth Group;
  • Other tasks as assigned.
Education: The applicant must have completed at least two years of full-time study that will lead to the award of a degree in international relations, political science, history, public information, journalism, marketing, film production or other relevant field. Applications may be may up to two years after completion of a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree.

Experience in the following areas are an asset:
  • Website management or design, or video-audio experience;
  • Photography and photo editing skills;
  • Strong analytical and research writing skills.

  • Language: The applicant must possess excellent written and oral communication in English. Working knowledge of another official language of the CTBTO Preparatory Commission or language spoken in one of the Annex 2 States is an asset.
    Professionalism – Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
    Planning and Organizing – identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required.
    Communication – Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
    Teamwork – Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Solicits input genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others.
    Technological Awareness - Ability to keep abreast of available technology; Willingness to learn new technology.
    Client Orientation - Ability to identify client’s needs and matches appropriate solutions; Ability to establish and maintain productive relationships with clients.
    PLEASE NOTE Internship opportunities occur through the year and assignments are filled as required by the CTBTO. Due to the volume of applications received, correspondence will be maintained only with those candidates that are under consideration. Thank you for your understanding.
    How to apply:
    All applications should be made via the CTBTO e-Recruitment system before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

    The CTBTO Preparatory Commission retains the discretion not to make any appointment to this vacancy; to make an appointment at a lower grade in particular if the selected candidate has less than the qualifications required; to make an appointment with a modified job description, or to offer a contract term for a shorter duration than indicated in the Vacancy Announcement.

    The CTBTO Preparatory Commission reserves the right to undertake correspondence only with shortlisted candidates.