Intern - International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT)

Full time
36 hours
Job type
Full time
Hours workweek
36 hours

The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT) is an independent think and do tank providing multidisciplinary policy advice and practical, solution-oriented implementation support on prevention and the rule of law, two vital pillars of effective counter-terrorism. It is a growing organisation, operating in a high-paced, complex and politically sensitive environment.

The ICCT is supported by a unique partnership comprising three renowned institutions based in The Hague: the T.M.C. Asser Institute, The Netherlands Institute of International Relations 'Clingendael' and Leiden University’s Institute of Security and Global Affairs.

ICCT’s work focuses on themes at the intersection of countering violent extremism and terrorism and criminal justice sector responses, as well as human rights related aspects of counter-terrorism. The centre connects experts, policymakers, civil society actors and practitioners from different fields by providing a platform for productive collaboration, practical analysis, and exchange of experiences and expertise, with the ultimate aim of identifying innovative and comprehensive approaches to preventing and countering terrorism.

The ICCT is looking for an allround 


to support its The Hague office for a period of six months as of 25 February 2019. He or she will be primarily responsible for providing assistance to ICCT’s team in its day-to-day functioning. This concerns communication, logistical and secretarial tasks as well as research and project support. Communication tasks include contributing to online communication, such as ICCT’s social media accounts, monthly newsletters and website and external communication with ICCT’s partners and visitors. Other duties may include editing ICCT’s publications, assisting with the organisation of events, assisting in background research on a range of topics, and other ad hoc tasks. This multitude of responsibilities will require the intern to be highly organised and independent with the ability to communicate effectively. The successful applicant should expect to gain direct exposure to the counter-terrorism work of a dynamic think tank at the intersection of security, politics and development.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Project assistance: Providing project related logistical and administrative support, such as sending out invitations, registration of participants and arranging travel and accommodation;
  • Research assistance: Conducting detailed background research and client mapping related to ICCT’s projects;
  • Administration: Providing secretarial and logistical support to ICCT’s core team, including the management and fellows;
  • Online communication: Managing ICCT’s social media accounts, drafting the ICCT newsletter, texts for ICCT’s website and expanding the online presence of ICCT; 
  • External communication: Contributing to ingoing and outgoing correspondence, liaising with and welcoming external partners such as national and international academics, policymakers, (foreign) dignitaries and practitioners;
  • Editing: Assisting in the editing of ICCT publications and in background research;
  • Events organisation: Assisting in the organisation of public events and closed expert meetings;
  • Other duties as required.

Key requirements

  • Enrolled as a student in a university or university of applied sciences (Dutch: HBO) throughout the entire duration of the internship. Degrees related to counterterrorism, political science and/or communications are preferred. 
  • Eligible to work in the Netherlands (for more information, please click here).

Key competencies

  • Excellent communication and writing skills;
  • Proven organisational skills; ability to manage and prioritise various tasks;
  • Excellent (native or near-native) command of English. French and/or Arabic is considered an advantage;
  • Excellent research skills, preferably demonstrated through prior academic work;
  • Knowledge of and an interest in the field of counterterrorism or countering violent extremism are an advantage
  • Excellent computer skills, including a good command of the Microsoft Office Suite and WordPress; good command of graphic design software (e.g. Adobe Illustrator) is an advantage;
  • Ability to work autonomously on given tasks and projects;
  • Preferably administrative experience;
  • Preferably editing experience. 

Internship compensation
Interns receive a compensation of € 300 per month and if necessary compensation for travel costs.

Further requirements

  • A curriculum vitae;
  • A motivation letter:
  • A recent writing sample of no more than 2000 words. This can be an excerpt of a larger work or a piece on its own.

Should you require further information regarding this position or the procedure, then please use 'ICCT Internship Spring 2018' as the subject of your e-mail.

How to apply
Interested candidates can apply via the 'Apply now' button. Deadline for response is Wednesday 2 January 2019. Interviews will take place in the week beginning 14 January 2019.

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