HCSS Cyber Program Internship - OPEN

Duration of the internship: 6 months 

Work on International Peace and Security in 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.

Deadline to send in your application: 3rd of January 2020

Start date: 3rd of February 2020

The successful candidate will contribute to the work of HCSS Cyber Policy and Resilience Program focusing on research, public relations, events and strategies. The intern will also provide operational support for the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC). The intern will work closely with the Directors and Project Managers of the Program and GCSC Secretariat as well as other GCSC members.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to

  • Conduct and contribute to research, briefings and reports;
  • Track and synthesize trends and developments pertaining to international peace and security in cyberspace;
  • Contribute to the project management and provide logistical and administrative support in organizing and executing public events and meetings of the GCSC;
  • Manage public relations, especially social media and website, and support brand development;
  • Manage program contacts and knowledge;

Requirements

  • Excellent written and oral command of English is a must; proficiency in Dutch or other languages is considered a plus;
  • Preferably a graduate student in International Relations, Law, Security Studies, Computer Science, or Communications;
  • Demonstrated interest in international affairs and security, preferably in the cyberspace context, through academic work and/or experience, is preferred;
  • Well organized and strong attention to detail;
  • The successful candidate will need an entrepreneurial ethos and a collegial spirit while also being an effective communicator;
  • Must work well with others and interact professionally with senior/high-level individuals;
  • Experience in PR, graphic design and social is 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 entire internship period.
  • Successful candidates are asked to provide a certificate of good conduct (‘Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag’), available from the Dutch Ministry of Justice. Candidates residing outside of the Netherlands should provide a certificate from their country of residence. 

What we offer

  • This is a paid internship.
  • The candidate will be given the opportunity to interact with a group of highly notable and experienced international experts working on cybersecurity, and will gain valuable skills, experience, knowledge, and contacts in the international policy community.
  • Small team at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies that moves at a high pace to support a truly global initiative.
  • Possibility to travel in order to provide operational support for the GCSC meetings. In 2019, the Commission convened in Geneva (Switzerland), Kobe (Japan), The Hague (the Netherlands), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) and participated in numerous events across the globe.

Application Procedure

Please apply only if you are able to start on the above mentioned start date. 

If you are available to start the internship from the first week of February, please specify this in the email.

To apply, send the following items to info@hcss.nl under the subject line “Cyber Internship 2020, Last Name

  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of references with contact details
  • A cover letter (one page)
  • Proof of university enrolment, valid for the entire duration of the internship
  • Copy of official transcript of academic grades
  • A writing sample (up to 2 pages) answering the following question: “Is a cybersecurity treaty realistic in the short-term? If so, what would it contain? And if not realistic, why?” 

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 fulfil all eligibility requirements. Successful applicants will be invited for an interview.

 

About the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace

Launched at the 2017 Munich Security Conference, the mission of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) is to develop proposals for norms and policies to enhance international security and stability and guide responsible state and non-state behavior in cyberspace. The Commission helps to promote mutual awareness and understanding among the various cyberspace communities working on issues related to international cybersecurity.

The Commission was initiated by The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) with the support of the EastWest Institute, the government of the Netherlands, France and Singapore, Microsoft, ISOC and Afilias. The GCSC’s composition mirrors the multi-stakeholder reality of cyberspace by bringing together 28 prominent Commissioners, and four Advisors from all regions and backgrounds. In addition to the Commission body itself, the GCSC is supported by a Research Advisory Group that connects the GCSC to the academic community.

The final GCSC report Advancing Cyberstability was launched at the 2019 Paris Peace Forum by Stef Blok, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs of France, and David Koh, Chief Executive, Cyber Security Agency of Singapore. This report represents the culmination of the Commission’s work over the last three years, offering a cyberstability framework, principles, norms of behavior, and recommendations for the international community and wider ecosystem.

Following the release, the GCSC members will continue to advocate and engage with their respective communities. Input and feedback from these groups were reflective of interactions with both state and non-state experts and will form the basis of advocating for the report going forward in 2020.

For more information, please visit www.cyberstability.org.

Web Developer - OPEN

The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) is looking for a talented web developer.

About HCSS:

The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) is an independent think tank that provides strategic advice to governments, non-governmental organizations and corporations. We deliver practical solutions for challenges in a fast-changing world. Our multidisciplinary research agenda covers international and national security, defense planning, cybersecurity, and climate and energy. HCSS conducts research via innovative and data-driven approaches.

About the Vacancy:

Our dashboard prototypes display a complex set of textual, numerical, temporal and spatial/geographical data. The primary task of a successful candidate will be to design and implement our dashboard prototypes as production-grade, web GUIs. He or she will work in close collaboration with the back-end developer to specify the necessary APIs and data-exchange methods, and populate the GUIs with our data.

The Required Skills

If you meet the following requirements, please send us your job application:

  • Proven ability to develop interactive GUIs, and comprehensively display a large amount of data using tables, graphs, and maps
  • Excellent JavaScript knowledge and experience
  • Keen eye for GUI aesthetics and user experience
  • Prior experience with node.js and server-side scripting
  • Good understanding of web APIs and data exchange methods (e.g Ajax, JSON, XML)
  • Good understanding of HTML(5) and CSS
  • Proven experience with modern development frameworks and libraries (e.g. React, Angular, JQuery, D3) and preferably also cross-platform frameworks (browser and app development)
  • Familiarity with system design and administration is desirable
  • Experience in a Science/Research environment is also desirable

Salary

Competitive salary package.

Application procedure

To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to in info@hcss.nl, using “Web Developer” as the subject line, before December 1st.

For more information please contact us at 070-318 4840 or info@hcss.nl

HCSS PR and Communication Internship - OPEN

The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) is looking for an enthusiastic PR, Marketing & Communications intern, to start in January, but preferably earlier.

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. This is not your run-of-the-mill ‘get coffee and copy some papers’ internship: at HCSS you will experience what it’s like to be part of a small team of professionals in a fast paced environment.

As a PR intern you actively contribute to developing and executing communication strategies for HCSS activities, projects, publications and other products.

Responsibilities include, amongst others:

  • creating and drafting social media content;
  • updating and maintaining the social media channels (twitter, facebook, linkedin, etc);
  • proofreading articles, papers, (powerpoint) presentations and reports, and formatting into our housestyle;
  • drafting of press briefings and newsletters;
  • supporting HCSS media monitoring;
  • recording and editing podcasts;
  • updating and maintaining the website through our CMS;
  • help with organizing and logistics of events, such as seminars, conferences, roundtables and expert meetings;
  • designing banners and other visuals for promotional purposes.

The deadline for the application is the 15th of December 2019 (23:59) and the start date of the internship is the 6th of January 2020.

Required Skills:

Candidates should have/are:

  • an excellent verbal and written command of English; fluency in Dutch is desirable but not mandatory. HCSS is an internationally oriented thinktank, however, much of our communication is still conducted in Dutch;
  • in pursuit of a degree in journalism, communications, political science, international relations or similar;
  • a proven interest in the field of geopolitics and (international) security, and in communication and PR;
  • experience with multimedia, social media and/or audio/visual tools and programs is highly desirable (canva, photoshop, tweetdeck, buffer, audacity, mailchimp, wordpress, drupal, soundcloud, etc).

We are looking for creative and proactive personalities with a hands-on mentality; due to tight deadlines, the pace is often high. You will be guided by the Communications Department and our analysts, but you will also get your fair share of responsibilities and freedom. We are an innovative company and therefore always open to new ideas.

Eligibility:

  • Candidates must be enrolled as a student during the entire duration of the internship. Without a proof of enrollment, valid for the entire duration of the internship, you are not eligible and your application will not be considered.
  • An internship period of six months is highly preferred, although shorter periods can be discussed (absolute minimum is 4 months). Please indicate your availability in your cover letter.
  • 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’) by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and proof of enrollment valid for the entire duration of the internship. Candidates residing outside of the Netherlands should provide a certificate from their country of residence.

Practical information

Apply by sending the following documents to info@hcss.nl using “PR Internship 1/2020” as the subject line, before December 15th:

  • A curriculum vitae, including references with contact details;
  • 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);
  • Any other examples of your creativity are always welcome.

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.

For more information please contact the Communications Office, at 070-318 4840.

https://hcss.nl/jobs

HCSS General Internship - OPEN

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 deadline for the application is Sunday the 8th of December 2019 (23:59) and the start date of the internship is the 1st of January 2020.

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.

Please apply only if you are available for (one of) the above mentioned start dates.  HCSS recruits interns all year round; later start dates will be announced in due time. 

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.
  • 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
  • Some quantitative research skills

The following attributes are considered a strong asset:

  • Prior work or internship experience
  • proficiency in Dutch or other languages
  • Being a native English speaker
  • Strong quantitative research skills. If you have a background in data science (specifically R or Python) you may also be interested in our Data Internship. 

Eligibility  
• Candidates must be enrolled as a student at a university during the whole internship period.
• 
An internship period of six months is highly preferred, although shorter periods can be discussed (absolute minimum is 4 months). Please indicate your availability in your cover letter. Interns should be able to commit to working 40 hours a week.
If successful in obtaining a position, candidates are asked to provide a certificate of good conduct (‘Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag’), available from the Dutch Ministry of Justice. Candidates residing outside of the Netherlands should provide a certificate from their country of residence. 

Frequently asked questions:

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 Internship Program.

Application Procedure
To apply, send the following items to info@hcss.nl, using 'General Internship 1/2020' as the subject line. 


• 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.

The whole application should be written in English including the writing sample.

Please apply only if you are available for the above mentioned start date. HCSS recruits interns all year around; later start dates will be announced in due time. 

Practical Information

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.

HCSS Data Internship - OPEN

The HCSS Data internship offers an exciting opportunity for aspiring data scientists get hands on experience solving complex problems. Data activities can vary from operationalizing complex indicators to dashboarding to artificial intelligence applications. 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.

The deadline for the application is 8th of December 2019 (23:59) and the start date of the internship is the 1st of January 2020.

Please apply only if you are available for (one of) the above mentioned start dates.  HCSS recruits interns all year round; later start dates will be announced in due time. 

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:

  • Coding skills, specifically in R or Python
  • Strong data literacy skills
  • Prior experience with dashboarding and/or visualization is considered a plus
  • The ability to look beyond the data and understand the underlying trends
  • 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
  • Being a native English speaker is also considered a plus
  • 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.
• 
An internship period of six months is highly preferred, although shorter periods can be discussed (absolute minimum is 4 months). Please indicate your availability in your cover letter. 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. Candidates residing outside of the Netherlands should provide a certificate from their country of residence. 

Frequently asked questions:

Can I apply if I am no longer a student (recently graduated)? HCSS internships are for enrolled students. Without a proof of enrolment, 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 Internship Program.

Application Procedure
To apply, send the following items to info@hcss.nl, using 'General Internship 1/2020' as the subject line. 

• A curriculum vitae, including a list of references 
• A cover letter
• Proof of university enrolment, valid for the entire duration of the internship
• Copy of official transcript of academic grades

• If applicable, a portfolio of previous data projects
• A one-page writing sample (excluding bibliography if relevant) answering one of the following questions:
1. Consider and quantify 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. Develop a methodology that allows for the measurement of a phenomenon that is not directly measurable.

3. Select and discuss an indicator from the world bank database and argue its relevant to security.


4. Consider a tool or methodology which could add value to HCSS products. What are its advantages and limitations?

The whole application should be written in English including the writing sample.

Please apply only if you are available for the above mentioned start date. HCSS recruits interns all year around; later start dates will be announced in due time. 

Practical Information

The HCSS internship is paid. 

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