Traineeship Advanced Master in International Development (AMID) 2020

  • Do you have the ambition to contribute to a fair and sustainable world?
  • Do you want to invest in acquiring the knowledge and skills that a professional in international development needs?
  • And do you want to gain access to a professional career in this sector?

The Advanced Master in International Development (AMID) offered by the Radboud University Nijmegen, invites applications for its 22nd edition, starting February 2020. For the programme in 2020 we are looking for 30 to 35 trainees.

AMID aims to identify, connect and educate leaders for the future – those who will be at the forefront of tackling complex global socio-economic and environmental risks and opportunities, and of the pursuit of sustainable development. The programme facilitates (academic) reflection on the complexities of the world while inspiring students to move from individual success to become systems change catalysts by taking on leadership roles in policy-making and governance.

In this one-year dual programme students work four days a week at an organisation in the Netherlands engaged in the field of international development and come together for academic reflection and training on Fridays. This way, the AMID programme combines work experience and academic reflection. In the weekly lectures, you are challenged to develop a critical approach towards international development in combination with more skills-based trainings. In addition, you gain a full year of paid work experience in an academic position in a competitive field.

AMID arranges the traineeships at the organisations. Among the many organisations that have participated in previous years are Oxfam Novib, MottMcDonald, FMO, Care NL, MVO NL, FairWear Foundation, Free Press Unlimited, Amref, Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation, Rainforest Alliance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The job package consists of, amongst others, policy-related work, business development, research and/or project management.

Conditions of employment

In addition to at least a minimum wage, the organisation agrees to pay 90% of the programme’s tuition fee (10.400 euro in 2020) and the trainee’s commuting expenses, including lecture days. Candidates pay the registration fee mentioned below, which is deducted from trainees own contribution (10% of the fee) to the academic programme. The own contribution then comes down to 950 euro. In case the own contribution would exclude you from participation, contact AMID to see if you are eligible for the diversity fund. Note that this fund is only open to a small number of outstanding trainees contributing to the diversity of AMID trainees and for whom participation to the programme is impossible under the current rules and (financial) conditions.

Good to know: if you already work at an organisation active in the field of international development, you can also apply for AMID. Please contact us for more information.

Entry requirements

The selection procedure is open for candidates that have obtained a Master’s degree in a study which has a link with international cooperation and sustainable development and who are highly motivated to contribute to a fair and sustainable world. The programme is directed at recent graduates (max. 3 years after graduation) at the start of their professional career. We are looking for candidates that have:

  • Knowledge of, and demonstrable affinity with, international cooperation and sustainable development;
  • Work experience (e.g. internship, thesis research) in an international or culturally diverse setting: developing countries, countries in transition, international organisation. The minimum requirement is three months of experience, but preferably six months or more;
  • An open and flexible attitude, the willingness to learn and the ability to critical self-reflection are assets that count highly in the selection process;
  • An 8 (or equivalent) or higher for their Master’s thesis. Foreign candidates must consult the Nuffic website for diploma recognition. In case you do not meet this requirement but are convinced that you stand out as a candidate because of other skills, experiences, background, or your ability to learn quickly, you should stress this in your application.
  • Prior upon applying, non-Dutch candidates should possess a work permit and a visa to be able to work and live in The Netherlands for the full year of 2020 and the first month of 2021. AMID is not mediating in applying for the work permit and visa.

The AMID selection procedure consists of various interview rounds taking place in October and November 2019. Ensure that you are available on the specific dates in which the interviews take place. More information on the selection procedure can be found here.

Application procedure

You can apply for AMID 2020 using the application form on the AMID website. When you have registered as a candidate, you continue to the application form where you can upload your cv, grade list and give your motivation. The deadline for application is Sunday September 29, 2019, 24.00 hrs. Note that the registration is only considered when the registration fee of 75 euro is paid before September 29, 2019 (valid for two attempts). There is an early bird discount of 50% when applying before September 11, 2019. The registration fee is then only 37,50 euro.

You can find the link to the application form here.

You can find more information on the AMID website and contact us at amidcandidates@ru.nl or + 31 (0) 24 36 55 962

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