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HCSS Cyber Program Internship

InternshipDen Haag, the Netherlands

Degree level


Job function

Business development

Required language

Dutch (Fluent)

Work experience

0 to 1 years

Start date

1 September 2020

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Work on International Peace and Security in 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.

Deadline to send in your application: 3rd of August 2020

Start date: 7th of September 2020

The successful candidate will contribute to the work of HCSS Cyber Policy and Resilience Program focusing on research, public relations, events and strategies. The intern will also provide operational support for the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC). The intern will work closely with the Directors and Project Managers of the Program and GCSC Secretariat as well as other GCSC members.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to

  • Conduct and contribute to research, briefings and reports;
  • Track and synthesize trends and developments pertaining to international peace and security in cyberspace;
  • Contribute to the project management and provide logistical and administrative support in organizing and executing public events and meetings of the GCSC;
  • Manage public relations, especially social media and website, and support brand development;
  • Manage program contacts and knowledge;


  • Excellent written and oral command of English is a must; proficiency in Dutch or other languages is considered a plus;
  • Preferably a graduate student in International Relations, Law, Security Studies, Computer Science, or Communications;
  • Demonstrated interest in international affairs and security, preferably in the cyberspace context, through academic work and/or experience, is preferred;
  • Well organized and strong attention to detail;
  • The successful candidate will need an entrepreneurial ethos and a collegial spirit while also being an effective communicator;
  • Must work well with others and interact professionally with senior/high-level individuals;
  • Experience in PR, graphic design and social is 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 entire internship period.
  • Successful 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. 

What we offer

  • This is a paid internship.
  • The candidate will be given the opportunity to interact with a group of highly notable and experienced international experts working on cybersecurity, and will gain valuable skills, experience, knowledge, and contacts in the international policy community.
  • Small team at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies that moves at a high pace to support a truly global initiative.
  • Possibility to travel in order to provide operational support for the GCSC meetings. In 2019, the Commission convened in Geneva (Switzerland), Kobe (Japan), The Hague (the Netherlands), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) and participated in numerous events across the globe.
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Company history:
The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) was established in 2007 as an independent think tank. The founder Prof. dr. Rob de Wijk started this organization with a small team of senior experts and analysts drawn from organizations such as the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), RAND, Clingendael, the Dutch Ministry of Defense and the United Nations.

Management consulting
Den Haag
15 employees