Graduate School of Social Sciences

Internships 2019

Interested in an internship in international education management with our office? Look no further! Read more about our internship opportunities for 2019 below.


The Summer Programmes Office (SPO), part of the Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS) at the University of Amsterdam, is seeking the support of two interns from Monday, 4 February to Thursday, 1 August 2019. Our office offers a variety of short-term programmes between the months of June and August for international students.

This position is initially for 24 hours per week during the planning period (from February until roughly mid-May), and then increases to 32 hours per week during the running of the programmes (roughly mid-May until 1 August). Depending on the time of year, such as in the summer, these hours may be spread throughout the week or weekends, depending on the needs of the Summer Programmes Office and the programmes we organize.

This is an excellent opportunity to become familiar with the world of study abroad from a European perspective, and to immerse yourself in a thoroughly international academic environment. Working at the Summer Programmes Office can be a very busy and incredibly rewarding experience. We expect to host 22 programmes with around 450-500 students this summer. Students come from across the world, and will be studying various subjects within the social sciences.  

This year, we are looking for interns to help with the tasks listed below that also have an interest in international education management to help us run our tailor-made programmes with the City University of Hong Kong (in Public Policy) and Michigan State University (in Sexuality Studies).

Trainee agreement

In order to guide the internship process, we request all applicants to give specific thought to the work that the SPO does, and which aspects of it they would like to follow more closely. Interns – as with the rest of the team members – are expected to get to know all aspects of our business and education management. In addition, please give special attention to the areas of work in which you would like more guided educational and personal development.

If the candidate is successful, the intern will sign the above stated Trainee Agreement to work towards their own educational goals as well as those of the Summer Programmes Office.  The Programme Manager and Programme Assistant will act as supervisors throughout the internship.

Responsibilities include

  • Assisting the Programme Director, Programme Manager, and Programme Assistant with the daily operational tasks surrounding programme management
  • Administrative tasks such as creating, maintaining and updating databases, assisting with the admissions process, scheduling and organizing appointments, promotional activities, programme marketing, etc. 
  • Answering emails, assisting with marketing, following-up with applicants
  • Making bookings and reservations
  • Assisting students during the summer programmes
  • Accompanying groups of students on excursions both within The Netherlands and occasionally to Belgium (programme dependant)
  • Updating the digital learning environment (Canvas), and social media as required
  • Assisting faculty with day-to-day the running of their programme
  • Running errands
  • Act as a mentor for the students and ambassador for the Summer Programmes Office and the University of Amsterdam.


  • While not mandatory, we particularly encourage students within the University of Amsterdam to apply who have experience working or volunteering at the UvA.
  • Interest in study abroad, and innovative education broadly.
  • Enjoy working with students and participants of all ages & nationalities (undergraduate and beyond).
  • Study abroad experience preferred
  • Capable of working independently as well as a member of a team. You must be a team-player as well as a self-starter. This position will require you to undertake many different roles.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Additional languages are a plus. 
  • Basic computer skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office, especially Word, Excel and Outlook. Knowledge of using Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter for marketing purposes (new ideas are also always welcome).
  • Detail oriented, highly organized and efficient in administrative tasks
  • Level-headed, positive, flexible, able to improvise


A housing stipend (€350) and a small stipend (€250) will be offered on a monthly basis. Lunch is provided on week days while programmes are running during the summer. We will also provide the intern with a museum card, and a bicycle to use for the internship period (if not already possessed by the intern). You will also have the rare opportunity to be part of a dynamic and exciting educational environment and team within the University of Amsterdam. Please note that you are responsible for your own health insurance while in the Netherlands and may be required to show proof of insurance.

How to apply

Please send the following by Monday, 10 December 2018:

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitaw
  • Letter of motivation, including your background and skills that recommend you for this position, as well as areas within the SPO that you would like to focus on for the creation of your Traineeship Agreement.
  • Letter of recommendation from a professor, mentor, or employer.

If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted by email to set up an interview (if necessary, an interview via Skype is also possible).  Letters of recommendation can be sent via email to by the referee directly.

Summer Programmes Office

Mirjam Schieveld, Grace Yano, Ian Kenny

Graduate School of Social Sciences | University of Amsterdam
Visiting address:  REC-B 8.10 | Nieuwe Achtergracht 166 |
Postal address: Postbus 15725 | 1018 WV Amsterdam 

The Netherlands

Phone: +31 20 525.3776


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Published by  GSSS

22 October 2018