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Internships at IOM the Netherlands

Internship at IOM Netherlands is a great opportunity for students and recent graduates to acquire direct exposure to IOM’s work.

The purpose is to provide a framework by which young people from diverse academic and geographic backgrounds can enhance their educational experience through practical exposure in the field of migration and/or public international administration. Most of the local internships take place in IOM the Netherlands office based in the Hague. The duration of an internship assignment varies in length and lasts a minimum of 3 to 6 months, renewable up to a maximum of 9 months according to the availability and academic requirements of the intern, as well as the needs of IOM programmes. Full-time assignments (37.5 hpw) are normally preferred.

Requirements and application process

Interns are selected through a competitive process. All Internship openings are announced through our website, via our social media channels and One World. Applicants to internships must at the time of application meet one of the following academic requirements:

  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent)
  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher)
  • Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within one year of graduation

As an applicant, you should be able to demonstrate an interest in the field being advertised and respect the principles of IOM’s Mission in the Netherlands. The desire to work with and gain the confidence and respect of people of diverse cultural backgrounds is an essential part of working in the UN system.

All applicants should have a working knowledge (both oral and written) of at least one of IOM’s official languages (English, French or Spanish). Dutch as the local language is also sought after. Candidates must be between 20 and 36 years of age.

Where and how to apply

Selection for internships is fully decentralized within IOM. All internships are advertised at IOM the Netherlands by clicking the link to the website
For further details please check the advert itself where you will find the requirements of the specifics application process including the deadline and also the applicable modalities. Open applications at IOM Netherlands are not normally being considered; candidates have the responsibility to apply directly. Only shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview.

Financial compensation

Interns are granted a stipend referred to as a Monthly Subsistence Allowance (MSA) to cover all associated costs. No other remuneration is granted for internships. The eligibility may differ, should a selected candidate receive financial support from a nominating institution or government and may vary depending on the level of education and commuting distance.

Further Career opportunities

The purpose of internships is not to lead to further employment with IOM but as mentioned, to complement an intern's studies. As such, completed internships with IOM do not create an entitlement to future employment with the Organization. During or after the internship, interns may apply and be recruited to a position for which they meet the required qualifications and experience. However, interns will not be regarded as internal candidates.

Keep in mind

Duration: The internship programme is for a minimum of 2 to 6 months, renewable up to a maximum of 9 months
Permit: You will be required to have the right of residence and right to work in the Netherlands
Medical insurance: You will be responsible for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the internship and provide proof of valid medical insurance coverage at the duty station covering the full period of the internship. Before starting the internship, you must be medically cleared.
Confidentiality: You must be discreet and keep confidential all unpublished information obtained during the internship and may not publish any documents based on such information.