Internship position on basic skills policy: learning from other EU-countries - Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (Dutch only)

Please ask for approval from your teacher/lecturer before considering to do an internship!

Master Students only

Location: The Hague

When: 1st of September 2018 - 1st of February 2019

Deadline: 24th of August

Language requirements: Dutch and English

The directorate for Vocational Education and Training is responsible for the Dutch basic skills policy. With regard to this basic skills policy many things can be learnt from other EU-countries. Therefore, the directorate participates in the project ‘Boost for Basic Skills: Quality improvement in Dutch Adult Learning’, funded by the European Commission. An important part of this project is organising peer learning activities with other EU countries. On a national level, the project focuses on enhancing the quality of basic skills education programmes in the Netherlands. To this end, several subprojects are initiated, including stock-taking and brainstorm meetings, a literature review and the development of an online tool to support local government officials.

The intern will be responsible for the Basic Skills project in terms of progress and reporting. The intern is asked to draft financial and progress reports for the European Commission and to monitor the progress of the project. Specifically, this means organising meetings for stakeholders, including local government officials, initiating and participating in progress meetings, and providing feedback on, and input for, the literature review and the online tool.

The intern will also support work on international comparisons with regard to basic skills policy. These comparisons are aimed at finding good practices that can be implemented in the national basic skills policy programme, which is called “Tel mee met Taal”.

The intern has to be willing and able to travel to Brussels and other places in Europe for meetings and field visits with the European Commission and policy advisors from other EU countries.


·        Involved in a relevant master’s programme, such as public administration, international relations, educational sciences

·        Fluent in Dutch and English (writing and speaking)

·        A strong affinity with societal issues regarding welfare and education

·        Experience with project management and writing reports is desirable


In addition to the salary and holiday pay, you can expect to receive an end-of-year payment, the so-called ‘13th month’. The national government strongly adheres to personal growth and career development and offers several opportunities to facilitate this. The terms of employment include, amongst other things, a maximum of 55% paid parental leave (conditions apply), facilities to study, an additional leave plan for older employees and reimbursement of commuting costs. Moreover, the national government also offers a range of options to shape your total employment package based on individual choice.


Please write your letter of application and CV in English. If you are doing an internship with us, please submit a valid Certificate of Conduct (in Dutch: Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag).

You are required to be enrolled at an educational institution during the entire internship period. If that is not the case we will, unfortunately, not include your application in the application process.

The internship period may be extended until August 2019.

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