Start date: September 2020
Duration: 7 months
Working hours: Full time (36 hours per week)
Location: The Hague, the Netherlands
Allowance: The successful applicant will receive a stipend of 450 Euros per month.

Position summary
ICCT is seeking an intern to support its activities. He or she will be primarily responsible for providing assistance to ICCT’s team, particularly on a project on the role of traditional leaders in enhancing resilience to violent extremism in West Africa. Responsibilities will include research and project support, data entry and analysis, in addition to communication, logistical and secretarial tasks. This multitude of responsibilities will require the intern to be highly organised and independent with the ability to communicate effectively. The successful applicant should expect to gain direct exposure to the counter-terrorism work of a dynamic think tank at the intersection of security, politics and development.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Data Entry and Statistical Analysis: Providing support to the project team in entering and coding data collected through field research in West Africa, in addition to conducting analysis of quantitative data;
  • Project assistance: Providing project related logistical and administrative support, such as sending out invitations, registration of participants and arranging travel and accommodation;
  • Research assistance: Conducting research such as doing a literature review, assisting in the preparation of periodic security briefings;
  • Administration: Providing secretarial and logistical support to ICCT’s core team, including the management and fellows;
  • Other duties as required.

Key requirements

  • Enrolled as a student in a university or university of applied sciences (Dutch: HBO) throughout the entire duration of the internship. Degrees related to international relations, security, statistics, data science, or economics are preferred.
  • Eligible to work in the Netherlands – EER/Switzerland nationality OR holder of a Dutch study visa – for more information, please see

Key competencies

  • High level of attention to detail;
  • Strong quantitative skills and knowledge of statistical analysis software, especially STATA;
  • Excellent communication and writing skills;
  • Proven organisational skills; ability to manage and prioritise various tasks;
  • Excellent (native or near-native) command of English. French is considered an advantage;
  • Excellent research and analytical skills, preferably demonstrated through prior academic work;
  • Knowledge of Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) is preferred;
  • Knowledge of and an interest in West Africa, especially the Sahel, are an advantage;
  • Knowledge of and an interest in the field of counterterrorism or countering violent extremism are an advantage;
  • Excellent computer skills, including a good command of the Microsoft Office Suite; good command of graphic design software (e.g. Adobe Illustrator) is an advantage;
  • Ability to work autonomously on given tasks and projects;
  • Preferably administrative experience.

Contact details
Interested candidates matching the aforementioned criteria and eligible to live and work in the Netherlands are requested to submit the following documents in English via e-mail only to ICCT, att. Méryl Demuynck ( before Wednesday 5 August 2020:

  • A curriculum vitae;
  • A motivation letter outlining your suitability for the position;
  • A recent writing sample of no more than 2000 words. This can be an excerpt of a larger work or a piece on its own.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic you will work in the office and remote. Please use “ICCT Internship Fall 2020” as the subject of your e-mail.


About ICCT
The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT) is an independent think and do tank providing multidisciplinary policy advice and practical, solution-oriented implementation support on prevention and the rule of law, two vital pillars of effective counter-terrorism.

The focus of ICCT’s work is on themes at the intersection of countering violent extremism and terrorism and criminal justice sector responses, as well as human rights related aspects of counter-terrorism. The centre connects experts, policymakers, civil society actors and practitioners from different fields by providing a platform for productive collaboration, practical analysis, and exchange of experiences and expertise, with the ultimate aim of identifying innovative and comprehensive approaches to preventing and countering terrorism.

ICCT is a growing organisation, operating in a high-paced, complex and politically sensitive environment. The centre is supported by a unique partnership comprising three renowned institutions based in The Hague: the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, the Netherlands Institute of International Relations “Clingendael” and Leiden University’s Institute of Security and Global Affairs (formerly the Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism)