Internship position for postgrad student in International NGO in Leiden

International Child Development Initiatives (ICDI) is a knowledge organization in psychosocial development of children and young people growing up in difficult circumstances. We aim to improve policies and practices by building the skills of: children, mothers, fathers, families, communities, local organisations and authorities.

ICDI is looking to recruit an ambitious and proactive intern to join our Early Years team in 2018. The Early Years Team develops and delivers training, offers consultancies, designs and implements projects, and does research in the field of early childhood development (0-8 years).

Specifically, we have three focus areas:

1. Working with families and communities to establish or strengthen safe and nurturing childrearing environments, including the promotion of intergenerational relationships;

2. Psychosocial development of young children. As a key contributor to psychosocial wellbeing of young children we also prioritise children’s interaction with their environments, including attention to play, culture and access to nature, both, as a child’s right and as a ‘means’ to support young children’s healthy development.

3. Equity and diversity to highlight the importance of access and inclusion of all children. Attention is paid to gender, language, socio-economic background, ability/disability, and ethnicity.

The ideal intern should:

  • be a Masters student or graduate in the Social Sciences
  • have a sound theoretical knowledge in at least one of the focus areas mentioned above
  • be fluent in spoken and written English and Dutch, and preferably be fluent in one other European language
  • have at least some practice experience working directly with young children and families in formal or non-formal educational settings
  • be willing to take initiative and responsibility

What ICDI offers:

  • a mentored internship position for six months beginning end January 2018 (starting date negotiable).
  • an opportunity to use and further develop your skills and knowledge in a small, dynamic team in an INGO.
  • flexibility in working hours and working space: time commitment will be 16-18 hours per week. We offer a workspace in the ICDI office in Leiden, but it may be possible to work from home one day a week.
  • reimbursement of travel expenses.
  • responsibility for clear defined tasks which may involve desk research; developing training; organizing meetings; writing and editing work; communicating with ICDI partner organisations in Europe and other regions.
  • opportunity to participate in ICDI workshops and other capacity building activities.

If you think you are a good match to our requirements, please apply by sending an email (subject: Internship Early years) to: Margaret Kernan, Team Leader Early Years, margaret@icdi.nl and CC to Giulia Cortellesi, giulia@icdi.nl with an up-to-date CV and a letter of motivation in English, which describes your experience, what you have to offer the Early Years team in ICDI, and your ambitions.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday, 15 November 2017 Interviews of shortlisted candidates will take place between 20-24 November and 4-8 December 2017.