International platform for disarmament and non-proliferation dialogue, research and education

VCDNP Internship


The Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP), an international non-governmental organization based in Vienna, Austria, is looking for graduate-level student interns with policy and/or scientific backgrounds and interest in nuclear non‑proliferation and disarmament issues. The Center’s mission is to facilitate result‑oriented dialogue among national governments, international organizations, and civil society on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation and to conduct research, education and training programs on these issues. The VCDNP is managed by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey in the USA.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The VCDNP invites applications for its unpaid internship program for graduate students. During his/her internship, the intern will be expected to:

  • Conduct an independent research project on nuclear disarmament and non‑proliferation or related field;
  • Work alongside a senior expert at the VCDNP on ongoing research projects;
  • Contribute to programmatic activities at VCDNP;
  • Assist with administrative tasks and events.

The internship includes:

  • Development and implementation of a research project on a nuclear non‑proliferation or disarmament topic supervised by researchers or advisors of the VCDNP;
  • Participation in lectures, seminars, and conferences arranged by the VCDNP, international organizations, and think tanks in Vienna;
  • Analytical and administrative work under one or several research, educational, or outreach projects of the VCDNP;
  • Opportunity to interact and interview specialists from the IAEA, CTBTO, and other international organizations in Vienna, as well as representatives from national governments and academia;
  • Contribute to the daily operations of the Center;
  • Performance of other related duties as requested.

Skills and Requirements

The internship is open to advanced graduate students and recent graduates from science and policy programs. Applicants should be able to demonstrate their interest in non-proliferation and disarmament policy issues. Strong writing skills and excellent command of English are required.

This is a 5 to 6 month unpaid internship with the possibility of extension. The position requires physical presence in Vienna, Austria.

The VCDNP maintains a smoke-free and drug-free workplace. Position requires light to moderate physical effort and the ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time.

How to Apply

The start date will be as agreed between the VCDNP and the successful candidate, ideally no later than January 2018.

A valid authorization to work or ability to obtain authorization to work in Austria is required. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by emailing their application documents to The application packet should include:

  • resume;
  • cover letter;
  • two letters of recommendations;
  • a writing sample in English;
  • and other supporting documents you may wish to include.

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