The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) bans nuclear explosions by everyone, everywhere: on the Earth's surface, in the atmosphere, underwater and underground. The CTBT was negotiated in Geneva between 1994 and 1996. One hundred and eighty three countries have signed the Treaty, of which 163 have also ratified it (as of September 2014), including three of the nuclear weapon States: France, the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom. But 44 specific nuclear technology holder countries must sign and ratify before the CTBT can enter into force. Since the Treaty is not yet in force, the organization is called the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). It was founded in 1996, has over 260 staff from over 70 countries, and is based in Vienna. It is headed by the Executive Secretary, Lassina Zerbo from Burkina Faso. The CTBTO’s main tasks are the promotion of the Treaty and the build-up of the verification regime so that it is operational when the Treaty enters into force.


Legal Services Section Intern: 

Under the supervision of the Chief, Legal Services Section, and in coordination with the responsible Legal Officer(s), the Intern will be responsible for updating the legislation database, updating the Legal Section's information on the CTBTO website, conducting legal research, updating and maintaining Legal's research files, and other tasks as assigned.  Candidates should be studying towards a university degree, or have already received a degree at the time of application, and have excellent written and oral communication skills in English. 

Public Information Section Intern: 

Under the supervision of the Spokesperson and Chief of Public Information, and as a member of the press and public information team, the intern will research and manage the daily press clipping and provide summaries for senior management; draft input for the social media sites Facebook and Twitter, monitoring comments and conducting media research and analysis; research and draft articles for the public CTBTO website, assist with the research on public diplomacy strategies to promote the Treaty's entry into the 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 bases and the Flickr photograph data base; assist the video-audio project with shot sheets, updating the Youtube site and organizing video-audio files; and other duties as assigned.  Candidates should have a bachelor's or graduate degree, or be studying toward a graduate degree, in international relations, political science, history, public information, film production, or any other relevant field.  


There is no language requirement. 


Interns will be responsible for finding housing, but the Program Manager and host office will provide assistance.   


Costs include:
        Travel, Housing, and Living Expenses: $5000-$7000
        University of Utah tuition
        Academic Fee: $300


International interns are eligible to apply for the Hinckley Global Scholarship offered through the Hinckley Institute. Information can be found here. The Hinckley Institute also offers a low-interest loan program found here. In addition to funding through the Hinckley Institute, scholarships are available through the Center for Learning Abroad.


Internship dates may vary depending upon location but are based around the academic calendar:

  • Fall Semester: September-December
  • Spring Semester: January-April
  • Summer Semester: May-August


Students are required to register for a minimum of 3 HNKLY credit hours and a maximum of 12. International interns are required to submit 4 reflections and 10 weekly updates throughout the semester, as well as write a final policy paper, which is due 4 weeks after the end of the semester.


Students are required to attend a pre-departure orientation, which provides cultural and safety training and explanation of academic requirements. Students also meet with the program manager upon returning from the internship.


Please submit the Hinckley online application before the deadline and then email Global Internship Manager Courtney McBeth to set up an interview. During the interview you will receive more information on program specifics.