Intern EU and Global affairs

36 hours
Job type
Hours workweek
36 hours

The Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael‘ is a leading think tank and academy on international affairs. Through our analyses, training and public debate we aim to inspire and equip governments, businesses, and civil society in order to contribute to a secure, sustainable and just world.  

The Institute has three departments: Research, Academy and Corporate Staff. Within the EU and Global Affairs Research Unit we are looking for an:

Intern EU and Global Affairs

The Clingendael Institute is currently looking for a talented, highly motivated and enthusiastic intern to support its EU and global affairs research unit for a minimum period of 5 months.

The EU and Global Affairs research unit comprises five thematic programmes, focussing on a) European integration and politics, b) the European neighbourhood and Western Balkans c) Geopolitics, d) Sustainability, and e) China. Main clients include the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs, EU institutions, as well as the private sector.

This internship will be related to programmes A and B, and revolve specifically around EU migration and Asylum policies. Topics on the agenda for the coming months include the potential of labour migration from outside the European Union to reduce labour market shortages in The Netherlands, the deadlock in EU migration and asylum governance reform (e.g. on the Dublin regulations, a permanent EU relocation mechanism, return policy etc.), and EU-third country cooperation on (irregular) migration.

Job description

Relevant tasks are:

  • Research assistance for projects on EU-related issues;
  • Organisational assistance for (public) events, lectures, and seminars;
  • Organisational assistance for unit meetings with researchers, in particular contributing to content-preparation, practical organisation, and meeting reports.
  • Project support for the research team, including acquisition, support with financial project management, publications, and marketing.

Qualifications and experience

We would be interested if the following requirements are met:

  • Enrolled in a relevant MA programme (political science, international relations, EU studies, migration studies, etc.). In-depth knowledge about the EU, EU migration and asylum governance, and EU-third country cooperation on migration;
  • Strong research and writing skills;
  • Strong organisational skills;
  • Good working knowledge of English and Dutch (written and spoken).
  • Working knowledge of French is considered a strong plus; 
  • Team player, but also capable of working independently on the basis of instructions. 
  • Good communication skills, comfortable working and functioning in a diplomatic and professional environment
  • Flexibility, capable of working under pressure and reaching deadlines.


  • Candidates must be enrolled as a student at a university during their internship;
  • The internship period is five months (1 September – 31 January) with the possibility of extension. Interns should be able to commit to working 36 hours a week.

Clingendael offers

  • The opportunity to gain practical, policy oriented research experience in one of Europe’s top ranking think tanks, in close cooperation with our researchers and stakeholders as policy makers, academics and (international) organisations;
  • Ability to build up a network in the field;
  • A stipend of € 450,- gross per month (36 hours per week).


You can apply via the ‘Apply-now button at the top of this vacancy. Deadline for response is 24 July 2019.

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