HCSS Cyber Program Internship - new deadline to be announced

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.

In an effort to facilitate global multi-stakeholder engagement to help develop norm and policy initiatives related to international peace and security in cyberspace, HCSS launched the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) at the 2017 Munich Security Conference with the support of many partners. The Commission does so by connecting traditional state-led dialogues with those of the Internet communities.

The GCSC engages the full range of stakeholders to advance cyberstability by supporting information exchange and capacity building, research, and advocacy. To this end, the Commission physically meets four times a year at various locations worldwide.

What you need to know about the GCSC:

  • Constituted of 26 Commissioners from all major cyber powers and regions. Each member is a recognized expert in technology, Internet governance, law, policy, security, diplomacy, and human rights.
  • Chaired by the former foreign minister of Estonia, Marina Kaljurand, and co-chaired by Michael Chertoff, former US Secretary of Homeland Security, and Latha Reddy, former Deputy NSA of India.
  • Initiated by The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS), which, together with the EastWest Institute constitute the GCSC Secretariat.
  • Sponsored by numerous partners and supporters, including the governments of the Netherlands, Singapore, France, Estonia, along with Microsoft, Internet Society, and other funders.
  • Supported by the research of the Research Advisory Group that connects the GCSC to the wider academic community through four email lists.

For more information about the GCSC, its members, research and further work, please visit www.cyberstability.org.

The Position

The successful candidate will join The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies in its operational support for the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace. The intern will work closely with the Directors and Project Managers of the GCSC Secretariat as well as other GCSC members. The position will expose the candidate to logistical elements of event-planning, strategic communication, the writing process for publications and creating initiatives within a think tank.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to

  • Contribute to the project management and organization of meetings of the Commission;
  • Provide research and administrative support to the Program Director and Project Manager;
  • Manage public relations, especially social media and website;
  • Help draft policy briefs and reports;
  • Manage program contacts and knowledge;
  • Track and synthesize trends and developments pertaining to international peace and security in cyberspace.

Requirements

  • Excellent written and oral command of English is a must; proficiency in Dutch or other languages is considered a plus;
  • Excellent academic background, preferably a graduate student;
  • Very good organizational skills and strong attention to detail;
  • Must work well with others and interact professionally with senior/high-level individuals;
  • Tech and media savvy is considered a strong plus;
  • 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.

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 2017, the CGSC convened in Munich, Tallinn, Las Vegas and New Delhi.

Application Procedure

To apply, send the following items to info@hcss.nl under the subject line “Cyber Internship, 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 fullfil all eligibility requirements. Successful applicants will be invited for an interview.

HCSS Public Relations Internship - deadline to apply: 2 July 2018

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.

Start date: 1 September 2018

Deadline to apply: 2 July 2018

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;

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

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.

Practical information

Apply by sending the following documents to info@hcss.nl (deadline: 2 July 2018)

  • 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.

HCSS General Internship Program - deadline to apply: 2 July 2018

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.

Start date: 3 September 2018

Deadline to apply: 2 July 2018

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 the above mentioned start date. 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; 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

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. 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 parttime internship?

Currently HCSS does not offer parttime internships within the General Internship Program.

Application Procedure
To apply, send the following items to info@hcss.nl no later than 2 July 2018

• 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.

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.