Policy and Research Intern (75%)

The Organisation

The Nobel Peace Prize winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a dynamic and energetic campaign coalition consisting of over 600 non-governmental organisations in 108 countries. The ICAN staff team coordinates a global network of committed and passionate activists to make the world safer, more equal and just by prohibiting and eliminating nuclear weapons.

Since its founding in 2007, ICAN has worked to build a powerful global groundswell of public support for the abolition of nuclear weapons. ICAN organise public awareness-raising events, and engage in advocacy at the United Nations and in national parliaments. The campaign work with survivors of the US atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and of nuclear testing, helping share their testimonies and stories with the public and decision makers.

The campaign led the groundbreaking efforts to achieve the first ever multilateral treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons, and was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for these efforts.

ICAN opened its international headquarters in Geneva in 2011 and has since then employed a small but effective staff team. Today the team consists of 13 staff members, the majority in Geneva, Switzerland and the rest spread out around the world.

The Position

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) HQ in Geneva is looking for a summer policy and research intern to join our team at 75% (30 hours per week) to support our work leading up to and at the first meeting of states parties of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

The policy and research intern will assist the Policy and Research Coordinator and the team in preparations for the first meeting of states parties to the TPNW, including by conducting and summarising research about the TPNW for briefing materials and other resources for campaigners, diplomats and the media and assisting with event preparations. The intern may also assist with tracking and writing about developments in general nuclear weapons policy, including preparations for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in August, writing editorials and contributing to the policy and research newsletter.

This role provides a unique opportunity for a self-starter to gain expertise and experience on nuclear weapons policy and international law and hone research and writing skills while contributing to the full implementation of a ground-breaking international treaty and learning about the inner workings of a small, successful NGO. The internship period is three months, with a start date in early-mid May. Interns that can work in the Geneva office are preferred but remote applicants will also be considered. Applicants of colour, indigineous applicants, applicants that identify as LGBQTI+SB, applicants who identify as women or non-binary, applicants with disabilites and applicants from communities harmed by nuclear weapons are particularly encouraged to apply.

The full job description can be found here.

Main activities

  • Assist with preparations for the first meeting of states parties to the TPNW, as directed by the Policy and Research Coordinator.
  • Assist with drafting materials, such as the policy and research newsletter and briefing resources for campaigners, diplomats and the media.
  • Attend the first meeting of states parties to the TPNW in Vienna, Austria 22-24 June as well as other associated events that week and assist with events and materials needed throughout.
  • Work on other assignments as needed.


  • Experience conducting and summarising policy research
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely in a variety of formats
  • Ability to work quickly, precisely and autonomously
  • Strong interest in international law and nuclear disarmament and desire to learn more
  • Some pre-existing knowledge of international law and/or nuclear weapons policy, including the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, is strongly preferred


2'800 CHF per month for three months, for 30 hours of work per week.

How to apply

Please send us your CV, a cover letter and a writing sample in PDF format named as SURNAME_Name_CV-CL-Writing to [email protected] under the subject line: Application research intern SURNAME NAME by 4 April 2022.