EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Internship Programme

Internship call

The Istituto Affari Internazionali(IAI) is looking for an intern for its non-proliferation and disarmament projects. The internship is offered within the framework of EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Internship Programme, an educational initiative of the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium.

Eligible Candidates

  • The internship is open to junior diplomats, Master's degree students, PhD students, post-docs and journalists
  • The internship is open to candidates from both EU and non-EU countries
  • Interns are expected to carry out their internship outside their country of residence (ERASMUS principle).
    Candidates whose country of residence is Italy are therefore ineligiblefor this call


  • Three months (13 weeks) starting in December 2019


  • Strong interest in arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament issues
  • Strong interest in EU institutions, policies and strategies related to arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament
  • Proficiency in English


In the first three weeks of the internship, the intern will follow a specific curriculum covering the basics of arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament. In the remaining weeks of the internship, the intern is expected toconduct research and produce a final essayof minimum 20 pages.

Possible topics for the final essay are: challenges of chemical disarmaments in the 21st century; advancements in biotechnology and non-proliferation challenges; nuclear renaissance and nuclear proliferation; fragile statehood and the control of SALW/conventional weapons; proliferation paths of SALW / conventional weapons in the aftermath of the Arab Spring; MANPADS: challenges and options for control; CBRN Security: facts, figures, strategies and challenges ahead; Arms control options for UAV; Civilian uses of outer space and the EU CoC for space: options, limitations, challenges; NWFZ in the Middle East, in Europe, in other regions: options, limitations, challenges.

The intern will also be involved in various activities carried out by IAI within the framework of the EU non proliferation and disarmament Consortium and other IAI projects on non-proliferation ad disarmament

Financial Support

The intern is expected to cover his/her living and travelling costs.
The internship provides limited subsidies (in the amount of 500 €/month)  as well as a 300,00 € travel cost subsidy for travelling from/to the intern’s home country

Deadline and application material

Candidates must apply by 30 September 2019 by emailing to  eunpdc(at), (Re.: EUNPD-Internship)

Applications must include:

  • a CV or a Resumé
  • a motivation letter, specifying why the applicant would like to carry an internship specifically at the Istituto Affari Internazionali
  • 2 recommendation letters
  • Short Essay Proposal (a 300-word text specifying on what topic and why the candidate intends to write the final essay)

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview to be held in Rome or via Skype.