Each student in the MSc International Relations and Diplomacy (MIRD) programme will conduct an internship in an organization such as an international governmental or non-governmental organization, a think tank or another institute working in the domain of international relations, international organisation or diplomacy. The internship will largely be conducted during the fourth block of the first year of the MIRD programme; the minimum requirement is 10 weeks (full time).
The internship aims to familiarize students with the work of an international organisation, think tank, governmental or non-governmental organization that is conducting activities in the domain of international relations or diplomacy. The Hague is a particularly fascinating area for students to be placed in such an organisation, due to the dense network of institutions operating in the ‘International City of Peace and Justice’. However, students are also welcome to search for internships in other locations, including Geneva or New York.
Mode of instruction
Students actively engage with the work of an organization by conducting an internship. For the practical part of the MIRD internship, the following documents have to be drawn up: an assessment form (by the internship supervisor) and an internship report (written by the student).
10 EC (pass/fail)
The internship (10ECTs) is graded as pass/fail, based on an assessment of the internship organisation supervisor (pass/fail) and your internship report (pass/fail).
The following documents need to be submitted:
- Assessment form: written by the internship supervisor of the internship organisation.
- Internship report:
This report, approximately 1500 words in length, consists of two elements:
a) Description of the internship, i.e. the type and aims of the organisation worked for, the various activities the internship entailed, and the relevance of these activities for the work of the organisation at large;
b) Reflection on the internship in light of the academic study of international relations and diplomacy.
Relevant information on the MIRD internship is available on the Blackboard internship course site.
Students will read literature related to the work of the organization in which they conduct an internship.
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