Internship Program for OPANAL Member States that are also members of the Caribbean Community – CARICOM.


The purpose of an internship at the OPANAL Secretariat is to provide young diplomats, university and postgraduate students in International Relations, International Law and Political Science, translation and computing/software with practical experience in the area. The selected candidates will receive guidance and support from Secretariat officials in the activities to be performed, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Support in the preparation of meetings
  • Support in the preparation of projects and reports of the Agency's programs
  • Support in the translation of documents (knowledge of two of the four official OPANAL languages ​​will be considered an advantage)
  • Support in the organization of documentation and the institutional archive
  • Support with research for the preparation of documents presented by the Secretariat
  • Other tasks assigned by the Secretary General

The General Conference of OPANAL in its XXVII Extraordinary Session, held on November 17, 2022, adopted Resolution CG/E/Res.13/2022 “Gender, non-proliferation and disarmament” which resolves: “Urge the Secretariat to together with the Council, incorporate a gender perspective and support and reinforce the effective participation of women in the Agency, its bodies and programs.” In this sense, in order to reinforce the effective participation of women in the Agency, its bodies and programs, applications are encouraged from candidates interested in the internship program..
Likewise, the OPANAL Secretariat is committed to creating a diverse, multicultural and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The selection process of interns will be carried out without distinction of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, etc., based on qualifications, competence, integrity and organizational need with a gender balance approach.

The internship will last three months and will take place in person in Mexico City.

Monday to Thursday, from 09:00 a.m. to 17:00 p.m.

Friday, from 09:00 a.m. to 14:00 p.m.

Although being selected for the internship will not generate any employment relationship or commitment for the Secretariat, interns must report to the Secretary General. Furthermore, the selected candidates will not enjoy any privileges or immunity from the Host State (Mexico).

Interns are obliged to maintain total confidentiality of any information that has not been published by the Agency and to which they have had access during the period of their internship. Interns may not publish any document based on the information obtained unless they receive express authorization from OPANAL to do so.

The selected candidates will receive USD $1,000.00 monthly, which will be used for accommodation and living expenses. Additionally, it will be awarded a round trip from the candidate's country of origin to Mexico City

OPANAL will not provide any type of insurance, whether medical or otherwise. Once selected, interns will be responsible for obtaining any health insurance they may need. OPANAL reiterates that it is not responsible for the costs generated by COVID-19 or any other health incident.

The Secretariat will not provide interns with accommodation. Selected candidates will be responsible for finding their own accommodation in Mexico City.

To submit your application, candidates must send the following documentation to the email [email protected]:

  1. Curriculum Vitae (2 pages maximum)
  2. Motivation letter (1 page maximum)
  3. Copies of university degree or academic certificate (including courses taken and grades earned)
  4. Nomination letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the academic institution to which you belong if you are a student
  5. Proof of medical insurance with coverage in Mexico (once accepted to the internship)

All documents must be addressed to the Secretary General of OPANAL, Ambassador Flavio Roberto Bonzanini.

My internship at the OPANAL Secretariat was a very rewarding and unique experience. I was selected as the first representative from Barbados and for that I would be eternally grateful. My tasks at the Secretariat varied from website content creation to research and document management. Additionally, my tenure at OPANAL coincides with that year's General Conference; This was a very hectic and exciting time at the Agency. My five months in Mexico can be described as a great experience as the people in Mexico I interacted with were very warm and accommodating. I implore persons, mainly from the Caribbean, to apply for the internship as this will deepen your understanding of diplomatic relations, policy formulation as well garnering a first-hand perspective of Latin American culture and language. I take this time to wish OPANAL all success in its future endeavors.

Mr. Imran Best – Barbados (2021)


I am grateful for the opportunity I was given to intern at OPANAL for the past five months. It was an educational experience in which I was able to improve my knowledge on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation affairs through daily tasks at the headquarters and also through my participation in the Summer School hosted by OPANAL, SRE and the Monterey Institute. Working at OPANAL allowed me the opportunity to learn of the role that the Agency has in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean, and also the critical role the Agency plays in disarmament affairs throughout the world. Additionally, working with the team at OPANAL allowed me the opportunity to improve both my language and cross-cultural communication skills due to interactions with many people throughout the region.

I look forward to taking this experience with me in my future endeavors where I can share what I have learned with those beyond the region of Latin America and the Caribbean so that the global initiative for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation can be shared and fortified. 

Ms. Aaliyah Lightburn – Belize (2018)


I am sincerely honored to have been selected as the recipient of the Internship Program of the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean. I understand the problems of the world can never be solved by the launching of nuclear weapons, the future depends on our actions now. Concerning nuclear disarmament, I desire to focus on nuclear-weapon-free zones because it is urgently important to public health. I promise I will work very hard and in time I will give something back to others in my country: Haiti.

I thank the Netherlands for its generosity because I am the first Haitian in the Internship Program of OPANAL. Thank you for considering my application, I am now one step closer to achieving my goal. This internship will make a significant positive impact on my ability to continue to help my country: Haiti.

Mr. Jeff Desir – Haiti (2017)


The Internship Program of the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL) has been a truly rewarding experience. It certainly afforded me the opportunity to be part of the remarkable work which the Agency has undertaken in recent times with respect to nuclear disarmament initiatives, not only to ensure the safety of the Latin America and Caribbean region, but the rest of the world. It was even more rewarding to be part of the team in the year the Agency celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Tlatelolco; a momentous occasion to celebrate the successes of the Agency and reflect on the journey ahead. More importantly, it is the year when the world's first legally-binding treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons opened for signature. The internship program provided the opportunity to learn more about the challenges and advances with respect to nuclear disarmament and how States can contribute towards achieving and maintaining a world free of nuclear weapons. We all can play an integral role in achieving this goal.

Mr. Carlton Henry – Saint Lucia (2017)


My time spent in Mexico can be deemed as a truly challenging but yet rewarding experience. I am appreciative of the knowledge acquired at OPANAL, the lessons learned and the friendships formed with both the Staff of the Secretariat and other Member States. I can personally attest to the fact that had I not left Guyana some of the challenges experienced in Mexico would never have molded my character and personality. Thank you for selecting me to be a participant of the Internship Program. As you prepare for the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Tlatelolco, it is my hope that both the planned events will be successful and well attended, especially by the Caribbean Member States. I will try my best upon my return home to advocate for Guyana's participation at the Ministerial level.

Ms. Tabitha Barnwell – Guyana (2016)


Jamaica's participation in the internship program reflects the mutually supportive relationship between Jamaica and OPANAL in advancing their common goal ie general and complete disarmament, in pursuit of regional and international peace and security.

The Government of Jamaica is pleased to note that Ms. [Tamara] Taylor made a valuable contribution to the work of OPANAL and is grateful to the Agency, and also to the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, for allowing her this opportunity. The Government of Jamaica is confident Ms Taylor's experience at the Agency will redound to the benefit of Jamaica's work on the disarmament agenda.

Jamaican Foreign Service (2016)

Ongel Williams – Guyana (2023)

Karmelita Deonarine – Guyana (2022)

Jems-Ernst Baptiste – Haiti (2022)

Emanuel Vidal Pech – Belize (2019)

Kalisha Linthya Le Blanc – Dominica (2019)

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