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HCSS Internship

The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) offers motivated students the opportunity to apply knowledge and gain experience in strategic research and multidisciplinary analysis of international and national security issues and broader geopolitical, economic, societal, and environmental trends. The HCSS internship program is designed to help interns develop their skills, while working in an intellectually challenging environment with experts that are passionate about their work. The HCSS internship offers an excellent springboard for future careers in a wide range of fields.

Requirements

Candidates should have an excellent academic background, strong transferable skills, and a keen interest in the topics covered by HCSS research. Further requirements include:

• Outstanding analytical, writing and synthesizing skills
• Excellent command of English; proficiency in Dutch or other languages is considered a plus
• Knowledge of research methods; strong quantitative skills are considered a plus
• Knowledge of advanced internet search strategies
• Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment
• Flexibility and ability to multi-task
• Positive professional attitude
• Strong work ethic and willingness to learn
• Prior work or internship experience is considered a plus.

Eligibility

• Candidates must be enrolled as a student at a university during the whole internship period.
• The minimum internship period is four months; a period of six months is preferred. Interns should be able to commit to working 40 hours a week.
• Successful candidates are asked to provide a certificate of good conduct (‘Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag’), available from the Dutch Ministry of Justice.

Application Procedure

To apply, send the following items to info@hcss.nl:

• A curriculum vitae
• A cover letter, stating you are applying for the internship starting in August
• Proof of university enrollment
• Copy of official transcript of academic grades
• A one-page writing sample (excluding bibliography) answering one of the following questions:
1. What does the rise of new powerful states mean for security policy of the West?
2. Is there a future for the Bretton Woods institutions?
3. What could the EU do to increase its innovativeness and the competitiveness of European industries?
4. Is a more ambitious international agreement on combating climate change likely to emerge?

Dutch speakers are asked to write their cover letter in English and their writing sample in Dutch.

Practical Information

The HCSS internship is paid.

Deadlines:

HCSS recruits in monthly application periods. You can apply for an internship at any time during an application period, not before or after. The period ends on the deadline, or when all positions available have been filled—whichever comes first.

November internship

  • Application period opens: 1st September
  • Deadline: 19th September
  • Internship starts: 3rd November

The application deadlines allow the 6 weeks necessary for non-EU candidates to arrange all permits necessary to conduct the internship in the Netherlands.

The HCSS internship program attracts a large number of outstanding candidates from around the world and is highly competitive. HCSS only considers candidates that submit a complete application and fulfill all eligibility requirements. Successful applicants will be invited for an interview.

Creative Internship

HCSS is looking for students with skills in design, PR, and communication to take on an exciting opportunity to gain experience and develop practical skills in a fast paced, international environment.

Mission

  • Work with analysts to create engaging visuals to communicate HCSS'  work
  • Strategic development of HCSS online presence and corporate presentation
  • Connect the work of HCSS to a wider audience on social media

Requirements

Candidates should have an excellent academic background, strong transferable skills, and a keen interest in the topics covered by HCSS research. Further requirements include:
  • Strong interest in global affairs and future trends
  • Ability to transform complex concepts into concise, effective messages for online consumption
  • An affinity for and experience with social media
  • Fluency in English, Dutch is considered a strong plus
  • Strong writing skills
  • Experience in design, PR and online communication
  • Affinity for visual communication: graphics, typography etc.
  • Familiarity with graphic design software
     
Eligibility

  • Currently enrolled as a student in higher education or further training
  • Available from four months; although a period of six months is preferred, of 40 hours per week.
  • Successful candidates are asked to provide a certificate of good conduct (‘Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag’), available from the Dutch Ministry of Justice.
     
Application Procedure

To apply, please send the following to info@hcss.nl:
  • CV and cover letter
  • Proof of student enrolment
  • Transcripts of academic grades
  • Short writing sample or blog link
  • Portfolio or link to sample work

Deadline

  • Deadline: 15th September
  • Internship starts: 3rd November

For further details, please download the job description here.

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