International Relations Internship Position (October 2020)

Note: For this internship position, you either have to be enrolled in a University for the duration of your internship or have to be a recent graduate from a University. Candidates still enrolled in the University during their internship may use their research towards their Thesis.

What will you be doing?

The Legal Policy Analyst Intern will be conducting research as a part of the Department on Security Challenges at Seaports (SCS). The SCS Department looks at security threats pertaining to IT and Cybersecurity, Illicit Trade in Wild Flora and Fauna, Drugs and Narcotics, Arms and Ammunitions, Environment and Climate, Goods and Contraband. Along with your peers, you will conduct first-hand research on these topics, identify underlying legal principles, gaps in the law, and form policy recommendations from a legislative perspective that aid in addressing various underlying issues identified.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for individual(s) with a background in International Relations in order to assist the work of the SCS Department and enable the team to navigate through the complex international element of maritime security. As an international relations expert, you will be consulting on how to convince governmental bodies to cooperate with the SCS Department, by promoting our research in a way that will suit their interests. You will be monitoring and analysing legislation and identifying which governmental bodies would be relevant to include in this project. The international scale of maritime security highlights the need for an expert in international relations, and you will be actively helping the Department and its Research Units by mapping out the complex arena of relevant international actors.

Ideal Candidate

  • You have a keen interest in pure and/or applied research.
  • You are familiar with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Visio; Experience with SharePoint is a plus)
  • You are fluent in English (any additional language is a plus)
  • You possess excellent writing and editing skills
  • Capable of working on multiple projects simultaneously and good time management
  • You are a quick learner, confident to work independently and in an enthusiastic team
  • You have outstanding interpersonal and communications skills and can express your ideas openly and constructively.

What do we offer

We follow a strict flat organisational structure where we value freedom and dissent. To fully enable this, we also practise radical transparency in how we work – especially in decision-making. We fully support remote working, and while we are currently working remotely, we have an office in The Hague, The Netherlands, where you can base yourself from if you would like. In addition to a flexible work schedule, we provide you with an inspiring, collaborative and exciting intellectual environment where you will work with other like-minded individuals. 

Furthermore, the following are some key aspects of our internship programme that enable us to achieve the programme goals:

The internship aims to provide students with the opportunity to gain meaningful work experience with the objective to expand their professional, academic, and personal learning. Moreover, interns can gain exposure to and insights into working in an international environment as well as the chance to build valuable professional networks.

In addition to the practical work experience, Invictus Corporation regularly organises workshops that focus on various soft and hard skills. The following is a non-exhaustive list of the types of workshops we organise for skill development:

  • Research (duration 6-7 weeks).
  • Open Source Intelligence (duration 4-6 weeks).
  • Communications and Stakeholder Management (duration 3-4 weeks).
  • Graphic Designing and Data Visualisation (duration 3-4 weeks).

In line with our ethos, we follow a personalised approach to learning and professional development. Rather than guiding our interns by only transmitting knowledge, we follow an unconventional mix of transformational teaching and experiential learning model. We want our team members to view learning as a continuous process while enabling them to take the initiative, make decisions, and be accountable for their results. As such, experiential learning enables us to build and foster a positive environment where failure is not looked at as the end but rather as a stepping stone in the learning process.

As a research institute, we fully support interns if they wish to write their thesis for their Bachelor’s or Master’s programme with us, provided that the area of interest falls within the organisation’s Strategic Research Agenda.

*COVID-19 update: In light of the new guidance issued by the Dutch government, selected candidates will have the option to work remotely.

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