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If you are enthusiastic to reach out to new partner Human Rights organisations to grow the INTERNaction network and provide new and diverse opportunities to the next generation of young Human Rights advocates, you are just the right fit for the position of Head of Internship! 

The position requires being resilient and communicative with future interns and our Human Rights partner organisations worldwide, via emails and calls. You and your team are responsible for the core activity of INTERNaction, by connecting organisations to passionate students in the advocacy and protection for Human Rights: by adding one NGO to our network, you may be able to provide the first building block of one's Human Rights career!



As Head of the Internship Committee, you will actively network with Human Rights organisations worldwide & communicate with young Human Rights advocates. All these contacts may come in hand in your future career too!


As Head, you will get first-hand experience in leading in a small team & ensuring team spirit to reach the Team's goals. Plus, you will create new friendships with students from different countries and backgrounds!


In INTERNaction, you can meet and bond with inspiring people that are intrinsically passionate and motivated to always learn and make a change in Human Rights. 


As Head of Internships, you are involved with an early social non-profit start-up and actively contribute to the development of INTERNaction. You make a positive change within the university as part of an organisation nominated for the UM Student Award 2020!


As Head of the Internship Committee, you will develop public speaking, networking, leadership and soft interpersonal skills. These will make you an asset candidate for future jobs openings in Human Rights and beyond. 


As Head of Internships, you are the one pairing up passionate students to  Human Rights organisations worldwide. What we envision is shaping the future young leaders of tomorrow for a long-lasting change center around Human Rights protection. And this will start with you!



  • Are a Bachelor/ Master student of Maastricht University for the school year 2021/2022 (it does not matter from which faculty you are);

  • Are committed to advance and protect Human Rights in your life;

  • Value transparency, honesty, respect, accountability and empathy;

  • Are proactive and patient: you are the one who will be in touch with humanrights NGOs (no need to be an outspoken extrovert though);

  • Are creative and driven: you can come up with new ideas to improve INTERNaction and execute them even in difficult times;

  • Can motivate and inspire a team, value teamwork and achieving goals together with others; and

  • Are willing to dedicate your free time to our cause.


ADDITIONAL ASSETS (not obligatory, apply even if you don't have these!)​:

  • Prior experience with leading a (small) team;

  • Prior experience with creating and maintaining partnerships;

  • Prior experience with NGOs.



  • As Head, you should be consistent in managing the Committee and ensure the achievement of the yearly goals. You should be able to prepare and lead weekly Committee meetings (approximately 3.30h prep + 2.30h of meeting). The workload is not the same every week. For example, you can expect to be busier and have more meetings and work during the pre-selection procedure of interns;

  • As an INTERNaction member, you will have the opportunity to bond with all the active members of the other Committees during a monthly plenary meeting where we play games(1.5h every first Thursday of the month);

  • As Head, you are automatically a Board member with the other three Heads and the President of INTERNaction. This means you will participate in weekly Board meetings (1h prep + 2h of meeting) and your input will first-hand affect the direction of INTERNaction in the long run. You will be the one taking strategic decisions. Exciting, isn't it?


As the Head of the Internship Committee:

  • Preparing and leading the weekly Committee meetings, organising and supervising the work amongst different members, ensuring team spirit, unity and accountability of members;

  • Finding new organizations either providing legal aid, doing advocacy activities, policy-research or court litigation to advance and protect Human Rights worldwide; 

  • Reaching out to potential new partners, negotiating and securing partnerships with them. Securing internship places for students applying via INTERNaction;

  • Maintaining current partnerships with our partner organisations, through email communication & calls; 

  • Creating, and leading the whole application and selection process for students interested in the internships (including written rounds and interviews);

  • Mediating communication between selected interns and our partner organisations, with the aim of ensuring a smooth internship experience.

As the member of the Board:

  • Being accountable to the Board, being proactive within the Board and actively contributing to decisions on the direction of INTERNaction;

  • Determining INTERNaction’s and Committee’s strategies for the academic year and ensuring their successful completion;

  • Application and Selection procedure of the new Committee members;

  • Application and pre-selection procedure for the new Board 2022/2023 and their training.


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