Internships

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Internships Master in International Relations and Diplomacy

Please find below all the information you need on internships in the Master in International Relations and Diplomacy.

Aim and planning

Every student of the Master International Relations and Diplomacy (MIRD) is expected to fulfill an internship in the first year of the MIRD. The internship should be set up in ways that let you conduct or support work activities at academic level, in the ideal case introducing you into professional activities according to your future career plans. You will seek placement with an organisation in the period of April until the end of August at the latest, with a minimum duration of 10 weeks (full time). The organisation may be an NGO, interest group, government or international organisation, or media organisation working in the field of International Relations and Diplomacy, broadly defined. The organisation of the internship must be willing to allow and facilitate you to implement a research project relevant to the organisation or its activities.

Application procedures

The students seek placement with an organisation in the period of April to the end of August, with a minimum duration of 10 weeks (full time). The organisation may be an NGO, interest group, government or international organisation, or media organisation working in the field of International Relations and Diplomacy, broadly defined. The organisation of the internship must be willing to allow and facilitate the student to implement a research project relevant to the organisation or its activities. The responsibility to find an organisation lies with the student. It is advisable that you start application procedures for an adequate internship at an early stage. Various international organisations ask for submission of applications several months before the actual start of the programme. In order to find such a placement, the students are expected to follow curriculum courses, provided by the career centre of Leiden University, in which they will be trained in finding an internship, writing a resume and cover letter, and preparing for an interview. Additionally, the institute’s internship supervisor will organise several meetings on how to find an internship. The schedule for these meetings you can find in the e-Prospectus.

Plan for the internship

Before starting the internship, various arrangements have to be made. The Institute of Political Science requires a detailed plan of activities to be set up before the beginning of the internship. This plan should indicate, among others, the educational goals and the research to be conducted. You, the organisation providing the internship and the internship supervisor have to undersign an Internship Agreement. Before starting your internship, it needs to be clear who your local supervisor will be within the organisation you have chosen.

Supervision

Supervision of your internship research is by the local supervisor of the organisation where you conduct your internship and the internship supervisor of the Institute of Political Science. More detailed agreements regarding the modes of supervision, such as the number of meetings with both Leiden University's and your local supervisor, are to be agreed upon before the start of your internship and are to be incorporated into the internship plan.

Reporting

The three relevant documents concerning reporting on you internship include: an assessment form; an internship report; and an internship research paper.  

1. Assessment Form: The assessment form is filled out by the internship-supervisor from the organisation where you did your internship. This is a standard form. It can be found on Blackboard, under Course Documents (Internship supervisor final assessment form.doc).  

2. Internship Report: This report, approximately 1500 words, contains two elements: a) Description of the internship—the type and aims of the organisation where you worked, the various activities that the internship entailed, and the function of these activities for the work of the organisation at large; b) Reflection on the internship in light of the academic study of IRD, relating experiences in the organisation to themes in the literature on IRD and describing how the internship contributed to your knowledge and insight of IR and D.  

3. Internship Research Paper: The research paper, between 3500 and 4500 words, reports on the research that is conducted during the internship in proper academic format. The overall aim of the research paper is to contribute to the needs of the organisation and to the academic literature (theory) on the issues concerned. The paper has a consistent reference system, and a full length bibliography. It is written in 1.5 line spacing with font size 12.

Grading

The assessment form is graded as pass/fail. The Internship report comprises 30 percent of your final mark. The internship research paper comprises 70 percent of your final mark.

Grading criteria conform to standard academic convention:

- Formulation of the research problem
- Quality of the conceptual and theoretical framework
- Quality of empirical content
- Presentation (structure, language and referencing)

The feedback on and the grades for the Internship Report and the Internship Research Paper will be discussed in September, in the first week of the second year of MIRD.

Internships Master in Political Science

Please find below information on internships in the Master in Political Science.

Students of the Master in Political Science (MPS) will have the opportunity to opt for an internship during the third block and write their master's thesis based on this internship. For more information, see the e-Prospectus.

Last Modified: 21-01-2015