Current and Emerging Threats Internship

Start date: February 2024

Duration: 6 months
Working hours: Full time (38 hours per week)

Location: The Hague, the Netherlands

Allowance: The successful applicant will receive a stipend of 525 Euros per month. 


Position Summary

ICCT is seeking an intern to support its Current and Emerging Threats programme. This intern will assist ICCT staff with background research on a range of topics related to current and emerging terrorist and extremist threats, and provide administrative and logistical assistance in various projects. Other duties may include communication activities and assistance in the organisation of events. The variety of these responsibilities will require the intern to communicate effectively and to be highly organised and independent. 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 human rights.


Tasks and responsibilities

  • Research assistance: conducting research, such as doing literature reviews, collating datasets, coding source material and collecting background information;
  • Project assistance: providing administrative and logistical support to ICCT’s Current and Emerging Threats projects;
  • Administration: Providing secretarial and logistical support to ICCT’s core team, including the management and fellows;
  • External communication: contributing to ingoing and outgoing correspondence, liaising with and welcoming external partners such as national and international academics, policymakers, (foreign) dignitaries and practitioners;
  • Event organisation: assisting in the organisation of public events and closed expert meetings;
  • Writing: Interns also have the option to publish their research in one of the ICCT's publications. This is strongly encouraged but not a prerequisite of completion of the internship.
  • Other duties as required.


Key requirements

  • Enrolled as a student in a university programme throughout the entire duration of the internship. Degrees related to politics, history, international relations, sociology, criminology, or security or 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

  • Broad interest in the field of terrorism and extremism;
  • Interest or experience in the study of right-wing extremism and/or disinformation are especially valued for this position;
  • Excellent research and analytical skills, preferably demonstrated through prior academic work;
  • Excellent communication and writing skills;
  • Proven organisational skills, ability to manage and prioritise various tasks;
  • Excellent (native or near-native) command of English; Dutch is a preferred skill;
  • Knowledge of other (European) languages is considered an advantage;
  • Excellent computer skills, including a good command of the Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Ability to work autonomously on given tasks and projects;
  • Ability to communicate with the rest of the team, including when working remotely;
  • 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. Antoinette Verlaan ( before Monday 11 December 2023 9am.

  • 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.


Please use “ICCT-CETI-Winter 2024” as the subject of your e-mail.


About ICCT

The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (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 was founded in 2010 as a project-based collaboration between three Dutch institutions: Stichting Nederlands Instituut voor Internationale Betrekkingen 'Clingendael'; the T.M.C. Asser Instituut; and the University of Leiden’s Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA).


As of April 2021, ICCT continued its mission as a new legal entity. The newly independent ICCT joins the global CT and P/CVE community as a mature brand with a clear vision and strategy, world-class experts and robust track record of impactful work.

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