Emerging Technologies and Law (ETL) Research Assistant Internship Position (October 2020)

Emerging Technologies and Law (ETL) Research Assistant 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.


The Invictus Corporation has an opening for a Research Assistant Intern in the ETL Department. For this research- and writing-intensive role, a successful candidate will be highly detail-oriented and have substantive research experience. Candidates should also have familiarity with technological developments, economic policy, and use of technology in law as well as the law on emerging technologies. We are looking for individuals with a background in international or European law who are eager to bridge the gap between policy development and emerging technologies.

Amongst other things, you will have the opportunity to research in fields such as but not limited to liability in case of autonomous shipping; legal and ethical implications concerning autonomous robots in healthcare; use of AI in judicial systems; AI in legal research and lethal autonomous weapon systems and autonomous vehicles used by the military.

Important: In their applications, candidates must include a research area of their interest or a research question that falls under one of the three units of the ETL Department: eHealth, eGovernance, Cross-Border Movement of Data and Digital Assets.

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.
  • You are capable of working on multiple projects simultaneously and managing your time efficiently.
  • 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.

The Research Assistant’s Responsibilities

As a member of the research team, you are expected to conduct independent research as well as assist your supervisor with their research.

  • Assist the team with intensive research tasks, write for products, prepare literature reviews, draft talking points, write background memos, and respond to rapid-response requests.
  • Publish articles, whitepapers and research documents on the subject matter.
  • Help draft advocacy materials and fact sheets for reports and issue briefs that the team produces.
  • Monitor news stories on issues that are relevant to the team’s priorities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

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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