Den Haag
Bachelor (EQF 6), Master (EQF 7)
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The HCSS internship is a dynamic and varied opportunity in research, analysis, data, communication, design, networking, copy writing, and policy development. We are an independent think tank specialized in global trends, security, and geo-economics. Interns contribute to high-impact products for clients including governments, international organizations, research organizations, the private sector, and NGOs.


The deadline for the application is Sunday the 12th of July 2020 (23:59) and the start date of the internship is mid July to early August 2020.


The HCSS internship offers an excellent springboard for future careers in a wide range of fields, interns are involved as full-fledged team members in research-projects. Activities can range from conducting background research, data collection and analysis, co-writing reports and papers, to being involved in the organization of workshops and conferences. This way, interns gain valuable work experience in a professional environment, which helps them in their future development and careers in both the public and private sector. Also, the HCSS internship offers the opportunity to build and expand your professional network.


Please apply only if you are available for (one of) the above mentioned start dates.  HCSS recruits interns all year round; later start dates will be announced in due time. 



  • Candidates should have a first rate academic background, strong transferable skills, and a keen interest in the topics covered by HCSS research.
  • Further requirements include:
  • A strong basis of analytical, writing and synthesizing skills
  • Ability to think creatively and out-of-the-box
  • Very good communication skills in English, both orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of advanced internet search strategies
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment
  • Flexibility and ability to multi-task
  • Positive professional attitude
  • Strong work ethic and willingness to learn
  • Some quantitative research skills

The following attributes are considered a strong asset:

  • Prior work or internship experience
  • Proficiency in Dutch or other languages
  • Being a native English speaker
  • Strong quantitative research skills. If you have a background in data science (specifically R or Python) you may also be interested in our Data Internship. 


  • Candidates must be enrolled as a student at a university during the whole internship period.
  • An internship period of six months is highly preferred, although shorter periods can be discussed (absolute minimum is 4 months). Please indicate your availability in your cover letter. Interns should be able to commit to working 40 hours a week.
  • If successful in obtaining a position, candidates are asked to provide a certificate of good conduct (‘Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag’), available from the Dutch Ministry of Justice. Candidates 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)? HCSS internships are for enrolled students. Without a proof of enrollment, valid for the entire duration of the internship, you are not eligible. Your application will not be considered.
  • Is it possible to do a part-time internship? Currently HCSS does not offer part-time internships within the General Internship Program.

Application Procedure


To apply, send the following items to info@hcss.nl, using 'General Internship 7/2020' as the subject line. 

  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of references 
  • A cover letter
  • Proof of university enrollment, valid for the entire duration of the internship
  • Copy of official transcript of academic grades
  • A one-page writing sample (excluding bibliography if relevant) answering one of the following questions:
  1. Consider a trend which could affect the security of the Netherlands in the next decade. What is being done to address the issue? What more could be done?
  2. Consider a way in which the Netherlands could exercise more effective foreign policy without increasing military expenditure. What are the advantages and limitations of this approach?
  3. Consider a policy which could help the eurozone improve its competitiveness. What are the advantages and limitations of this policy?
  4. Consider a tool or methodology which could add value to HCSS products. What are its advantages and limitations?
  5. Design an infographic which communicates the main message of an HCSS report in very few words.

The whole application should be written in English including the writing sample.


Please apply only if you are available for the above mentioned start date. HCSS recruits interns all year around; later start dates will be announced in due time.


Practical Information


The HCSS internship is paid.


HCSS only considers candidates that submit a complete application and fulfill all eligibility requirements. Successful applicants will be invited for an interview.