OPAD is accredited by the European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps as a hosting organization and a sending organization, with the goal of protecting life, preventing and alleviating human suffering, maintaining human dignity, and strengthening the resilience and capacity of communities in third countries that are vulnerable or disaster-affected.
We are committed to providing you with a quality learning experience. At the same time, interns from diverse fields will contribute their expertise to our mission. During your internship with OPAD, your responsibilities will include:
Gain a deeper understanding of OPAD’s mission, its global strategy, and its day-to-day operations;
Expand your work experience through meaningful assignments and projects;
Learn new skills that will be valuable for your career and improve your existing ones;
Build a professional network in a dynamic and multicultural environment.
The following criteria must be met in order for your application to be accepted:
You are currently pursuing a recognised educational programme in a field related to OPADs activities, leading to a formal undergraduate or post-graduate qualification/degree; or
You have completed your qualification/degree within a twelve-month period at the time of application;
You are fluent in English, OPAD’s working language;
You have not previously participated in an internship at OPAD
You are not related to an OPAD employee.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the duration of the internship?
Our internships are offered for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 24 weeks.
Are internships available on a part-time basis?
Interns are expected to work full-time. The working hours are normally from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm in Europe and 8:30 am to 5:30 pm in Africa with 1-hour lunch break included.
Am I entitled to get paid holiday?
Interns are entitled to 1 paid day off per month.
Where can I find more information about OPAD operations?
Information on OPADs structure can be found on the website.
Do I need to speak English or any other language during my internship?
The official working language at OPAD is English and Swedish. However, additional languages can be particularly useful within some teams.
Does OPAD accept internship applications from international students?
In Sweden, our international organisation status allows us to provide work permits to candidates from anywhere in the world. In Africa, we are able to accept students who study in Africa and Nationals.
How do I obtain a visa and other travel-related documents to either Sweden ?
The visa processing to Sweden. vary from country to country. We encourage you to contact the nearest Swedish embassy or consulate in your country of residence for further information. Certain rules and restrictions may apply to obtain a non-immigrant visa. In Stockholm, OPAD will help you with your visa application by sending an invitation letter to the embassy. Each selected applicant is responsible for obtaining the necessary travel documents such as passport, visa and travel ticket(s) and making their own travel arrangements.
Is the internship paid?
Interns who are not sponsored by their university qualify for a fixed OPAD stipend intended to cover the cost of basic living expenses during the internship. Interns are responsible for finding their own accommodation and will need to cover the full cost of travel to Stockholm / Africa and related documents.
International interns in Sweden are required to have a social security number in order to receive a stipend. Unpaid internships (sponsored by the university or another entity) do not require a Swedish social security number.
Do I need medical insurance?
Our interns in Sweden are expected to provide proof of medical insurance coverage for illness and accident for the duration of their internship. OPAD will not be liable for any injury, disability or death suffered by an intern or for any medical or hospital expenses, which may be incurred in the course of the internship.
Can I apply any time of the year?
The need for interns by different teams arises all year long, therefore the best way to keep yourself updated is to regularly visit our vacancies page.
Does OPAD hire interns into full-time positions?
Interns are eligible to apply for advertised positions following the end of their internship.