Working at HCSS
The General Internship
The General internship is our largest programme and activities covered can include background research, data analysis, data visualisations, report co-writing, and event organisation. Candidates should have a first rate academic background, strong transferable skills, and a keen interest in HCSS research topics such as international relations, defence and security, climate and energy security. A strong basis of analytical, writing and synthesising skills and excellent communication skills in English are required. Candidates must be enrolled as a student at a university during the whole internship period. Applications for the general internship will open in early December 2023. Keep an eye on our website for the opening!
Water, Peace and Security Internship
Of the general interns, one may be chosen for the dedicated Water, Peace, and Security (WPS) project. The WPS partnership, established in 2018, pioneers tools to address water-related security risks and shift from water-conflict to water-peace cycles. HCSS aids WPS in Iraq. We seek motivated interns intrigued by water-related security, particularly those with Arabic proficiency for our Iraq-focused efforts. Interns can engage in cutting-edge research, raise awareness of water-related conflicts, aid dialogues with Iraqi stakeholders, and organise training modules and workshops. Applicants must be university students throughout the internship.
The HCSS Datalab offers an exciting internship to aspiring data scientists with an interest in international relations, defence, economics, climate and energy security. Tasks encompass hypothesis testing, data analysis, data visualisations, research, policy assistance, and workshop involvement. You will work on projects that utilise the latest data analysis tools such as, causal modelling, natural language processing and game theory. Requirements include affinity with computer science, statistics, mathematics, or related fields, fluency in programming languages like Python and strong English communication skills. Candidates must be enrolled as a student at a university during the whole internship period.
Opportunities and Mentorship at HCSS
The HCSS Internship program enables you to put your academic knowledge into practice, cultivate your personal skills, and acquire invaluable professional experience within a dynamic think-tank setting. Immerse yourself in an intellectually stimulating environment, where you can glean insights from dedicated staff members deeply passionate about their fields. The internship programme affords you ample opportunities to connect with professionals hailing from both Dutch and international organisations.
With our intern mentorship programme, you will be paired with a mentor who will guide your growth, offering support for your personal and professional development. Upon satisfactory completion of your Internship, we can write a reference letter reflecting on your performance at HCSS.
Discover our previous interns experiences and advice for prospective interns
Frequently Asked Questions
When does the HCSS Internship Programme open for applications?
For the General and WPS Internship, HCSS has two application rounds in a year: in the summer and winter. Keep an eye on our website for the exact dates, but we typically open the vacancies in December for a starting date in January/February and in June for a starting date in July/August. The other Internships have varying application rounds, for these please check our website regularly.
Can I apply if I am no longer a student (recently graduated)?
HCSS internships are for enrolled students. Without a proof of enrollment, valid for the entire duration of the internship, you are not eligible. Your application will not be considered.
Is it possible to do a part-time internship?
Currently HCSS does not offer part–time internships within the General or WPS Internship Programme. For the Data Internship, HCSS does not offer part-time data internships under a 32 hour work week.
How long is duration of the internship?
An internship period of six months is highly preferred, although shorter periods can be discussed (minimum is 5 months). Please indicate your availability in your cover letter. For the Data internship, a shorter duration is possible only under exceptional circumstances.
Can international students apply for the HCSS internship programme?
Yes, international students can apply. If you’re not residing in the Netherlands, you should provide the required certificate of good conduct from your country of residence. You also need to be officially registered at a Dutch municipality within the first month of your internship.
How should I submit my application?
You should submit a complete application, including the cover letter, references and any required documents, as per the instructions provided for each internship programme specifications.
Is the internship programme compensated?
Yes, the HCSS internship is paid: € 675,- per month (as of August 2023).