Monday, April 14, 2014

HCSS Internship Program

HCSS Internship Program

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.

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.

• 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

• A curriculum vitae
• A cover letter, stating you are applying for the internship starting in March
• 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.

Application Deadline > Internship Start Date

  • 21st May 2014 > 2nd June 2014
  • 25th June 2014 > 1st July 2014

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.


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