HCSS Public Relations Internship - new deadline to be announced

Apply before 1 October 2017

The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) is looking for an enthusiastic PR & Communications intern. HCSS offers a dynamic internship in an international organization, where you will work on different topics such as global trends, international security, cyber security and resource scarcity. You will experience what it is like to work in a team of professionals in a small, international think tank. As an intern you contribute to developing and executing communication strategies for HCSS projects. Responsibilities could include, amongst others: article editing, creating and drafting social media content, drafting of press briefings and newsletters, supporting HCSS media monitoring, assistance in developing social media campaigns, updating and maintaining social media channels, helping with website maintenance, and contributing to the promotion of HCSS publications.

Required Skills

Candidates should have/are

  • an excellent verbal and written command of English; fluency in Dutch is desirable but not mandatory;
  • in pursuit of a degree in journalism, communications, political science, international relations or similar;
  • previous experience with PR/media, especially in video/audio. Multimedia skills are highly desirable;
  • a proven interest in the topics HCSS works with;
  • the ability to work in a dynamic and fast paced environment. Due to tight deadlines, the pace is often high.

We are looking for creative and proactive personalities with a hands-on mentality.

Eligibility:

  • Candidates must be enrolled as a student during the entire duration of the internship;
  • Candidates must be able to commit at least 24 hours a week. A full time internship (40 hours a week) is strongly preferred;
  • Duration of the internship: minimum of 4, maximum of 6 months;
  • Successful candidates are asked to provide a certificate of good conduct (‘Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag’) by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and proof of enrolment valid for the entire duration of the internship;
  • Start of internship: as soon as possible;

There is a possibility, in consultation with HCSS, to combine the internship with a graduation assignment.

Practical information

Apply by sending the following documents to info@hcss.nl, before 1 October 2017

  • A curriculum vitae, including references;
  • A cover letter, indicating your availability;
  • Proof of enrollment valid for the entire duration of the internship;
  • A recent written text in English, preferably a press release, news article or a short blog (max 1 A4)

Only complete applications are considered. Successful applicants will be invited for an interview.

The internship is paid.

The intern will be supervised by internship coordinators. At the start of the internship, the intern will write a Personal Development Plan in consultation with the coordinators, to identify learning goals. During the internship there will be three evaluation meetings to track the intern’s progress.

HCSS Cyber Program Internship - deadline: 1 November 2017

Job description:

Interns are an integral part of our team and are therefore encouraged to actively engage with events, publications, and project management. Interns provide important research and administrative support to HCSS. This position will expose the candidate to the writing process for publications, logistical elements of event-planning, strategic communication, and creating initiatives within a think tank.

The intern will work closely with the Directors, Project Manager, and Analysts working on projects pertaining to cybersecurity and policy, and more specifically support the activities of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC). HCSS initiated the GCSC initiative and functions as its Secretariat together with the EastWest Institute.

Application deadline: 1 November 2017

Start date: January 2018

Duration of the internship: 6 months 

About the HCSS Cyber Policy and Resilience Program and the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace:

HCSS’ portfolio is increasingly focusing on policies, international cooperation, competition, and conflict in cyberspace. This includes conceptual and data-driven research of the cyber threat landscape, as well as diplomatic, security, and legal implications of cyberspace in the context of international peace and security. 

Our main area of emphasis is to bring together the new  field of cybersecurity with traditional national security and international relations.

Through global engagement and thought leadership, the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) will develop proposals for norms and policies to enhance international security and stability and guide responsible state and non-state behavior in cyberspace. The GCSC will engage the full range of stakeholders to develop shared understandings, and its work will advance cyber stability by supporting information exchange and capacity building, basic research, and advocacy. Over the next three years, the Commission will physically meet a number of times a year at various locations worldwide. For more information about the GCSC, please visit www.cyberstability.org

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Conduct research to support the activities of the Director and program staff. Help draft policy briefs and reports.
  • Handle logistical and administrative issues for program events and activities
  • Manage program contacts and knowledge
  • Assist with public relations, especially social media and website
  • Draft formal correspondence and take notes at sessions

Requirements:

  • The successful candidate will need an entrepreneurial ethos and a collegial spirit while also being an effective communicator.
  • Demonstrated interest in international affairs, particularly in the cyberspace field, through academic work and/or experience, is strongly preferred.
  • Excellent academic background. Must be at least an undergraduate, but preferably a graduate student.
  • Must work well with others and interact professionally with senior figures.
  • Excellent command of English; proficiency in Dutch or other languages is considered a plus.
  • Outstanding writing and synthesizing skills.
  • Ability to work independently and to multi-task.
  • Knowledge of research methods; strong quantitative skills are considered a plus.

Eligibility:

  • Availability: the internship is fulltime. Candidates must be able to commit to working 40 hours a week. 
  • Candidates must be authorized to work in the Netherlands.
  • Candidates must be enrolled as a student at a university during the whole internship period.
  • 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 before 1 November 2017

  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of references with contact details
  • A cover letter (one page)
  • Proof of university enrollment, valid for the entire duration of the internship
  • Copy of official transcript of academic grades
  • A writing sample (up to 2 pages) answering one of the following questions:
    1. Is a cybersecurity treaty realistic in the short-term? If so, what would it contain? And if not realistic, why?  
    2. Consider a way in which the Netherlands could exercise more effective foreign policy for international cybersecurity. What are the advantages and limitations of this approach?

Practical information

The HCSS internship for the Cyber Policy and Resilience Program and Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) is paid.

The candidate will gain valuable skills, experience, knowledge, and contacts in the international policy community.

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

HCSS General Internship Program - deadline: 1 November 2017

The HCSS internship is a dynamic and varied opportunity in research, analysis, data, communication, design, networking, copy writing, and policy development. We are an independent think tank specialized in global trends, security, and geo-economics. Interns contribute to high-impact products for clients including governments, international organizations, research organizations, the private sector, and NGOs.

The HCSS internship offers an excellent springboard for future careers in a wide range of fields, interns are involved as full-fledged team members in research-projects. Activities can range from conducting background research, data collection and analysis, co-writing reports and papers, to being involved in the organization of workshops and conferences. This way, interns gain valuable work experience in a professional environment, which helps them in their future development and careers in both the public and private sector. Also, the HCSS internship offers the opportunity to build and expand your professional network.

Dutch speakers are encouraged to apply.

Start date: January 2018

Deadline to apply: 1 November 2017

Requirements

Candidates should have a first rate academic background, strong transferable skills, and a keen interest in the topics covered by HCSS research.

Further requirements include:

  • A strong basis of analytical, writing and synthesizing skills
  • Ability to think creatively and out-of-the-box
  • Very good communication skills in English, both orally and in writing; proficiency in Dutch or other languages is considered a plus
  • Quantitative research 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

We encourage female applicants to apply!

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.

HCSS frequently receives questions regarding the above eligibility requirements, especially regarding the working hours and the enrollment. The enrollment requirement means you need to be able to provide a proof of enrollment from a university that is valid for the entire duration of the internship. If you are unable to provide this, unfortunately you are not eligible. Currently, HCSS does not offer part time internships within the General Internship Program. 

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

• A curriculum vitae, including a list of references 
• A cover letter
• Proof of university enrollment, valid for the entire duration of the internship
• Copy of official transcript of academic grades
• A one-page writing sample (excluding bibliography if relevant) answering one of the following questions:
1. Consider a trend which could affect the security of the Netherlands in the next decade. What is being done to address the issue? What more could be done?
2. Consider a way in which the Netherlands could exercise more effective foreign policy without increasing military expenditure. What are the advantages and limitations of this approach?
3. Consider a policy which could help the eurozone improve its competitiveness. What are the advantages and limitations of this policy?
4. Consider a tool or methodology which could add value to HCSS products. What are its advantages and limitations?
5. Design an infographic which communicates the main message of an HCSS report in very few words.

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

Practical Information

To start in January 2018, send in your documents no later than Wednesday 1 November 2017.

The HCSS internship is paid. 

HCSS only considers candidates that submit a complete application and fulfill all eligibility requirements. Successful applicants will be invited for an interview.