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Alternative Internship Module


Admission requirements

Only students of the Advanced MSc International Relations and Diplomacy programme can take this course.


The alternative internship module will be conducted in the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) and focus on international relations, international organisation or diplomacy. It is an alternative to the regular internship module and has an explicit research focus.

The internship will be conducted during the fourth block of the first year of the MIRD programme; the minimum requirement is 10 weeks (full time).

Course objectives

The alternative internship aims to familiarise students with the work of an institute that is conducting activities in the domain of international relations or diplomacy.

The alternative internship will focus on international organization, global governance and European integration
The ‘alternative internship’ will allow students to build their professional networks and partially learn more about possible career paths (as the focus of their work will be on international, regional and non-governmental organisations); the skills required to get into the job market or the ‘test driving’ are somewhat less easy to be incorporated into this alternative, but we will offer research-oriented tasks that create links to relevant organizations and help students understand the requirements to be accepted into such institutions professionally.


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 ISGA as an entity of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs (FGGA) by conducting the research-led, alternative internship. For the practical part of the MIRD internship, the following documents have to be drawn up:

  • Internship agreement between the student, University and the receiving organisation

  • Internship plan between the student and the University

  • Internship report

  • Assessment form by the internship supervisor

Study Load:
10 EC.
To complete the 15 EC workload in this block, students can do the internship research paper, or another elective course of the programme.

Assessment method

The alternative internship (10ECTS) is graded as pass/fail, based on an assessment of the internship organisation supervisor (pass/fail) and your internship report (pass/fail).

The following documents need to be submitted:

  • Assessment form: written by the internship supervisor of the internship organisation.

  • Internship report: This report is approximately 1500 words in length.
    The internship report consists of the following elements:

  • Description of the internship, i.e. the type and aims of the organisation worked and researched for, the various activities the internship entailed, and the relevance of such activities for the work of the organisation at large and the academic areas of interntional relations, international organization or European integration;

  • Reflection on the internship in light of the academic study conducted in the context of of international relations and diplomacy.

Details for submitting papers (deadlines) are posted on Brightspace. If you fail to submit all of the required internship documents, you will fail the course.

Reading list



Students should register in USIS and use Brightspace for course information.


Prof. Dr Madeleine Hosli


Based on the alternative internship module, the students can also write an Internship Research Paper, which will be graded (5 ECTS).
The normal study load for this block is 15 ects, which can be achieved through either:
10 ECTS internship + 5 ECTS Internship Research Paper or
10 ECTS internship alternative module + 5 ECTS Internship Research Paper or 15 ECTS internship