Cyber, Security, research
Den Haag
Bachelor (EQF 6), Master (EQF 7)
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Job description:

Interns are an integral part of our team and are therefore encouraged to actively engage with events, publications, and project management. Interns provide important research and administrative support to HCSS. This position will expose the candidate to the writing process for publications, logistical elements of event-planning, strategic communication, and creating initiatives within a think tank.

The intern will work closely with the Directors, Project Manager, and Analysts working on projects pertaining to cybersecurity and policy, and more specifically support the activities of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC). HCSS initiated the GCSC initiative and functions as its Secretariat together with the EastWest Institute.


Application deadline: 31 March 2017


Internship duration: Late April - Late October 2017 


About the HCSS Cyber Policy and Resilience Program and the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace:

HCSS’ portfolio is increasingly focusing on policies, international cooperation, competition, and conflict in cyberspace. This includes conceptual and data-driven research of the cyber threat landscape, as well as diplomatic, security, and legal implications of cyberspace in the context of international peace and security. 

Our main area of emphasis is to bring together the new  field of cybersecurity with traditional national security and international relations.

Through global engagement and thought leadership, the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) will develop proposals for norms and policies to enhance international security and stability and guide responsible state and non-state behavior in cyberspace. The GCSC will engage the full range of stakeholders to develop shared understandings, and its work will advance cyber stability by supporting information exchange and capacity building, basic research, and advocacy. Over the next three years, the Commission will physically meet a number of times a year at various locations worldwide. For more information about the GCSC, please visit


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Conduct research to support the activities of the Director and program staff. Help draft policy briefs and reports.
  • Handle logistical and administrative issues for program events and activities
  • Manage program contacts and knowledge
  • Assist with public relations, especially social media and website
  • Draft formal correspondence and take notes at sessions


  • The successful candidate will need an entrepreneurial ethos and a collegial spirit while also being an effective communicator.
  • Demonstrated interest in international affairs, particularly in the cyberspace field, through academic work and/or experience, is strongly preferred.
  • Excellent academic background. Must be at least an undergraduate, but preferably a graduate student.
  • Must work well with others and interact professionally with senior figures.
  • Excellent command of English; proficiency in Dutch or other languages is considered a plus.
  • Outstanding writing and synthesizing skills.
  • Ability to work independently and to multi-task.
  • Knowledge of research methods; strong quantitative skills are considered a plus.


  • Availability: the internship is fulltime. Candidates must be able to commit to working 40 hours a week. 
  • Candidates must be authorized to work in the Netherlands.
  • Candidates must be enrolled as a student at a university during the whole internship period.
  • Successful candidates are asked to provide a certificate of good conduct (‘Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag’), available from the Dutch Ministry of Justice.

Application Procedure
To apply, send the following items to before March, 31:

  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of references with contact details
  • A cover letter (one page)
  • Proof of university enrollment
  • Copy of official transcript of academic grades
  • A writing sample (up to 2 pages) answering one of the following questions:
    1. Is a cybersecurity treaty realistic in the short-term? If so, what would it contain? And if not realistic, why?  
    2. Consider a way in which the Netherlands could exercise more effective foreign policy for international cybersecurity. What are the advantages and limitations of this approach?

Practical information

The HCSS internship for the Cyber Policy and Resilience Program and Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) is paid.


The candidate will gain valuable skills, experience, knowledge, and contacts in the international policy community.


The internship begins late April and is completed by the end of October. The deadline to apply is March, 31, 2017, but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will continue until the successful candidate has been selected.


HCSS internships attract a large number of outstanding candidates from around the world and are highly competitive. HCSS only considers candidates that submit a complete application and fulfill all eligibility requirements. Successful applicants will be invited for an interview.