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Internship Research Paper


Admission requirements

MSc International Relations and Diplomacy students.


Students in the MSc International Relations and Diplomacy (MIRD) do an internship in an organisation such as an international governmental or non-governmental organization, a think tank, company, embassy or another body in the domain of international relations and diplomacy. The internship research paper (IRP) is an independent piece of research conducted during the internship and finalised immediately after the internship. By means of academic research, students explore a theme related to the activities of their host organisation. After consultation with the course supervisor, students may opt for a research paper with a structure and approach that is similar to the final thesis or the less familiar format of a policy paper. Both types of papers are based on equally rigorous analysis.

Course objectives

The internship aims to familiarise students with the work of an international organisation, think tank, governmental or non-governmental organization that is conducting activities in the domain of international relations or diplomacy. With the internship research paper, students reflect on, and evaluate, relevant themes or developments related to the organisation in which they conduct their internship.


On the right-hand side of the programme front page of the E-Prospectus you will find a link to the online timetables.

Mode of instruction

Students actively engage with the work of an organization by conducting an internship. In the course of the internship, students write an internship research paper or policy brief between 3000 and 3,500 words in length.

Assessment method

  • Internship research proposal: 30%

  • Internship research paper: 70%

Details for submitting papers (deadlines) are posted on Brightspace.

Failed partial grades or components should be compensated by passed partial grades or components. The calculated grade must be at least 5,5 to pass the course. It is not possible to re-sit a partial grade or component once you have passed the course.

If you fail to submit all of the required internship documents, you will fail the course. You can redo the course by submitting by February 25 2022.

Reading list



Use Brightspace to register for every course. The programme will register the students on Usis.


Prof. Dr. J. Melissen


Based on the course internship (10EC), the students will write this research paper, which will be graded.