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Internship Research Paper


Admission requirements

MSc International Relations and Diplomacy students.


Students in the MSc International Relations and Diplomacy (MIRD) do an internship in an organisation such as an international governmental or non-governmental organization, a think tank or another body in the domain of international relations and diplomacy. The internship research paper (IRP) is an independent piece of research conducted during the internship and finalised immediately after the internship. By means of academic research, students explore a theme related to the activities of their host organisation. After consultation with the course supervisor, students may opt for a research paper with a structure and approach that is similar to the final thesis or the less familiar format of a policy paper. Both types of papers are based on equally rigorous analysis.

Course objectives

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. With the internship research paper, students reflect on, and evaluate, relevant themes or developments related to the organisation in which they conduct their internship.



Mode of instruction

Students actively engage with the work of an organization by conducting an internship. In the course of the internship, students write an internship research paper between 3000 and 4000 words in length.

Course Load

5 EC

Assessment method

  • Internship research proposal: 30%

  • Internship research paper: 70%

Details for submitting papers (deadlines) are posted on Blackboard.
Failed partial grades or components should be compensated by passed partial grades or components. The calculated grade must be at least 5,5 to pass the course. It is not possible to re-sit a partial grade or component once you have passed the course.


Relevant information on the MIRD internship research paper is available on the Blackboard internship course site.

Reading list



Use Blackboard to register for every course. The programme will register the students in Usis.


Prof. Dr. J. Melissen


Based on the course internship(10EC), the students will write this research paper, which will be graded.