Internship Position in Urban Strategies and Planning Specialization

Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS)
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About IHS

The Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) is a center of urban expertise of Erasmus University Rotterdam. Looking at cities from different perspectives, we educate urban professionals from diverse backgrounds, consult national and local governments from the Global South and engage in cutting-edge urban research. Bringing practical experience from real-life projects back to the classroom, we inspire collaboration and co-creation of urban knowledge. Together with our partners, we work at the forefront of urban development to improve the wellbeing of people living in cities across the globe.


The successful candidate will be part of our Urban Strategies and Planning team, supporting us in running the one year MSc programme in “Urban Management and Development”. 


Supporting the preparation and implementation of specific modules of the Urban Management and Development Master’s course, in particular the Urban Strategies and Planning specialization

Preparing materials for courses and workshops

Arranging and accompanying students on excursions

Supporting lecturers and students in exercises and workshops

Updating and managing the online platform (blog) of the specialization during the course

General Requirements

The candidate should be a student at a Dutch or foreign university (with a Residence Permit for the Netherlands) in a graduate/undergraduate (Master/Bachelor) study programme that requires a work placement/ internship at an international organisation like IHS

Creative and pro-active attitude in team work, but also able to work independently

Able to work on several things at the same time and with deadlines

International (work) experience in a multicultural environment is an asset

Excellent command of written and spoken English

Very strong organizational skills

Excellent computer skills, such as a good use of Microsoft Office applications

Specific Skills and Requirements

The candidate must have successfully completed at least 3 years of an undergraduate degree in urban planning, urban management, urbanism, geography, development studies, international studies, economics, architecture, or other related discipline.

Affinity for urban planning, international urban management and development, governance, self-organization, and capacity building issues

Excellent command of written and spoken English. Dutch language is an asset

Excellent knowledge of office suite (word, excel, powerpoint)

Acquaintance with online blog platforms, presentation/visualization programmes and design software are additional assets

Very strong organizational skills

Able to work in a diverse cultural and professional environment

Able to work independently and collectively within the team

Creative and pro-active attitude

Strongly motivated

Terms & Conditions

IHS will establish an internship agreement which states the terms and conditions of the internship. This document needs to be signed by IHS, a representative of the university of the intern and the intern himself/herself. Candidates that cannot provide university approval for respective agreement cannot be accepted.

The candidate must be in possession of a Dutch residence permit valid for the total period of the internship or be an EU citizen. Candidates without a permit cannot be accepted.

The intern position is available in Rotterdam, the Netherlands for a period of at least five and preferably twelve months and needs a presence of 40 hrs per week, working regular office hours.

We offer a cost compensation of 300 euros gross per month for undergraduate students and 500 euros gross per month for master students.

The starting date for this internship is to be discussed and depends on the available starting date of the candidate and the availability of the internship at that particular time.

More Information

Please consider the specialization page for more detailed information on content and activities.
Supervision will be done within the department. 
Training is included in the package.  

How to Apply

Please send your application by email to Ms. Carolina Lunetta at with “USP internship” in the subject line and send us:

- A letter of motivation 
- A detailed CV 
- Availability date 

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Rotterdam , Netherlands