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Internship MA International Studies


Admission requirements

Apply to the MA International Relations Board of Examiners and contact the Humanities Career Service and the co-ordinator of studies.


The MA in International Studies offers students the possibility to exchange their elective(s) for an internship at an organisation/institution in the field of international or foreign relations, in or outside of the Netherlands. Students are free to choose their own host institution, though need final approval by the Examination Committee of the MAIR.
Academic research and presentation is a crucial aspect of the internship. Students are therefore required to:

  • Submit a research proposal of 1,250 words including bibliography that provides an overview of the academic research paper. This overview should include an abstract, a research question, an introduction detailing scholarly relevance, methodology, plan, and initial bibliography. Sources must be cited in the research proposal.

  • Submit an academic research paper of 4,000 words including bibliography on a topic relevant to both the Internship Organisation and the MA International Studies.

  • Give a 20 minute presentation on the research paper and respond to questions and feedback from audience participants.
    It is possible for students to replace both electives in the programme with an internship comprising 20 EC providing they have received the approval of the Examinations Committee. The application process is the same as for the 10 EC option, but students are required to write an academic research paper of 10,000 words.

  • Before the start of the internship, students are required to submit an internship contract to the Career Service. The Career Service will forward the completed contract to the Board of Examiners for approval.

Course objectives

  • Gain work experience related to the MAIS program

  • Develop an advanced understanding of the nexus between theory and practice in global politics.

  • Critically compare the theoretical and practical aspects of international relations

  • Demonstrate appropriate cognitive, communicative and transferable skills, develop the capacity for independent learning.


To be agreed with Internship Supervisor.

Mode of instruction

Seminars with Internship Supervisor.

Course Load

  • Research conducted during internship (200 hours)

  • Research proposal (20 hours)

  • Research paper (40 hours)

  • Presentation (20 hours)

Assessment method

  • Research proposal: 10%

  • Research paper of 4,000 words: 70%

  • Presentation: 20%

The resit for the final examined element is only available to students whose mark of the final examined element is insufficient.


Not applicable.

Reading list

To be agreed with Internship Supervisor.


Students can sign up via usis.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


For additional information on internships, see the website of Leiden University’s Careers Service


Dhr. L.O. Black or the co-ordinator of studies