Secure Programming, Data Engineering
Den Haag
Master (EQF 7), Bachelor (EQF 6)
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The Data Lab of The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies offers an exciting internship to aspiring data scientists. Our data internship is an opportunity for hands-on experience in developing production-grade, early warning, and policy recommender systems. Our data interns can hone their advanced computing and modeling skills, by applying them to data-intensive activities, ranging from advanced analytics to software engineering, to database management, to system integration.


Our beneficiaries include major corporations, key government ministries, development banks, development aid agencies, and security organizations, both domestic and global. Thus, our data interns’ future career prospects are second to none. This is your chance to do the right thing for others by doing the right for yourself, and we would love to hear from you.



The deadline for the application is March 1st, 2019, and the start date of the internship is March 15th, 2019. Please apply only if you are available for this start date.




Candidates should either have a strong quantitative background or demonstrated an affinity for all things quantitatively. They should also demonstrate strongly transferable, programming skills, as well as a keen interest in the topics covered by HCSS policy research. Our best candidates easily meet several criteria, which ensure the successful completion of our data internship program:


  • A background in computer science, statistics, mathematics, physics, engineering, econometrics, or a related field

  • Fluency in at least two of the languages: R, Python, Java, Scala, C#, and/or C++

  • Prior experience with statistical and scientific computing (e.g., probabilistic graphs, causal graphs), machine learning (e.g. computational graphs, differentiable programming), and/or optimization (e.g., approximation and graph algorithms, MCMC, variational inference)

  • Data engineering skills, including SQL (e.g., Vertica, PostgreSQL) and/or no-SQL, graph databases

  • Prior experience with dashboarding, visualization, and/or web development (e.g., HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Angular) and server-side scripting (e.g., node.js) is a plus

  • Very good communication skills in English, both orally and in writing

  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment

  • Strong work ethic and willingness to learn

  • An affinity for policy research

  • The ability to interpret data

  • First-principles thinking




A data internship lasts six months. A shorter duration, not less than four months, is possible only under exceptional circumstances. An applicant must be enrolled as a university student for the entire duration of data internship. Data interns should be able to commit to a forty-hour workweek. Successful applicants are asked to provide a certificate of good conduct (‘Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag’), which is available from The Netherlands Ministry of Justice. Applicants residing outside of The Netherlands should provide a certificate from their country of residence.





Frequently asked questions


Can I apply if I am no longer a student (recently graduated)? Data internships are for enrolled students. Without proof of enrolment, which is valid for the entire duration of data internship, you are not eligible for it.



Is it possible to do a part-time internship? At present, HCSS does not offer part-time data internships within the Data Internship Program.



Application Procedure


To apply, send the following items to using 'Data Internship 1/2020' as the subject line:


      A resume, including a list of references


      A cover letter, thoroughly demonstrating why and how your data skills can be applied to data-intensive policy research


      Proof of university enrolment, valid for the entire duration of data internship


      An official transcript of academic grades


      A portfolio of previous data projects, including the code (or GitHub address).



The application should be in English. HCSS only considers complete applications, and only if all the eligibility requirements are met.



Practical Information


The HCSS internship is paid. Eligible applicants will be invited for an interview. Our most prized candidates are thirsty for knowledge, excellent with numbers, and can easily ace our rigorous data-science test.