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Apply for the Internship at the Weapons of Mass Destruction Branch, UN Office for Disarmament Affairs

The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) invites passionate students and recent graduates to apply for an enriching internship opportunity within its Weapons of Mass Destruction Branch (WMDB). This is a call to action for those committed to contributing to global peace and security through disarmament efforts.

About the Organization

The UNODA plays a crucial role in supporting disarmament efforts worldwide, offering both substantive and organizational support to various UN bodies. With a focus on promoting transparency and informed discussion on disarmament issues, the ODA ensures that accurate and current information reaches Member States, international organizations, civil society, and the public.

Within the ODA, the WMDB is at the forefront of efforts to disarm nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. It collaborates closely with key international bodies such as the IAEA, OPCW, and CTBTO PrepCom, aiming to strengthen the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. For detailed information about their mission and activities, please visit UNODA’s website.

Position Overview

This internship opportunity is based in New York and is designed to be full-time and in-person, with potential flexibility for part-time, remote, or hybrid arrangements upon the intern’s request. Interns are expected to work five days per week, following official working hours with an hour for lunch. The selected intern will work under the guidance of a dedicated internship coordinator and a primary supervisor within the WMDB.

Key Responsibilities

Interns will engage in a variety of tasks, including but not limited to:

  • Drafting and preparing official documents, summaries, speeches, and web content.
  • Attending and summarizing conferences and meetings.
  • Conducting comprehensive research.
  • Assisting during conferences and meetings.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

Qualifications, Skills, and Experience

Educational Requirements:

  • Enrollment in a graduate program, or completion of at least a bachelor’s degree.
  • Studies should be related to the field of disarmament, international relations, or a related area.


  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite.
  • A strong interest in the work and ideals of the United Nations.
  • The ability to interact effectively with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds.


  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French or another UN official language is advantageous.


  • No professional work experience is necessary, but your field of study should be relevant to the internship.

Additional Information

This is an unpaid internship. Interns are responsible for their travel, visa, accommodation, and living expenses. Applicants needing a visa for the internship location should arrange their visa requirements prior to accepting the offer.

Application Deadline

The closing date for applications is February 19, 2024. This is a unique opportunity to gain insight into the workings of the United Nations and make a tangible contribution to global disarmament efforts. If you meet the qualifications and are passionate about peace and security, do not miss this chance to apply.

For a career that makes a difference, consider joining the UNODA. Together, we can work towards a safer and more secure world.

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