Traineeship Advanced Master in International Development (AMID) 2019



  • 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 since 1998, invites applications for its 21th edition, starting February 2019. For the programme in 2019 we are looking for 30 to 35 trainees.

As a talented young professional participating in AMID, you will be employed from February 1st 2019 at an organisation in The Netherlands engaged in international cooperation and focused on global issues, and attend lectures at the university on Fridays. Applications for the AMID programme 2019 are open from September 1 until September 30, with the early bird deadline on September 10.

AMID is a successful one-year dual programme where trainees have a paid job at an organisation in the Netherlands engaged in the field of international development for four days a week and come together for an academic programme 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 work experience on 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 Amnesty International,  Care NL, BoPinc, MottMcDonald, FMO, Free Press Unlimited, Amref, Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation, Oxfam Novib, UTZ and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As a trainee, you will work in a junior position. The job package consists of, amongst others, policy-related work, research and/or project management.

The programme

The AMID programme combines work experience and academic reflection. In 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 work experience on an academic position in a competitive field. AMID trainees differ in terms of cultural and educational background and work in a variety of positions within a broad spectrum of organisations from different sectors.

In addition to at least a minimum wage, the organisation agrees to pay 90% of the programme’s tuition fee (9900 euro in 2019) and the trainee’s commuting expenses, including lecture days. Candidates pay the above-mentioned registration fee, which is deducted from trainees own contribution (10% of the fee) to the academic programme. The own contribution then comes down to 925 euro when paid in 2 instalments, or 900 euro in full when paid before February 1, 2019. In case the own contribution would exclude you from participation, contact AMID to see if you are eligible for the diversity fund and indicate this on your registration form. 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.

Application procedure

The first step is to register with AMID as a candidate. When you have registered, you can continue to the application form where you can upload your cv, grade list and give your motivation. The deadline for application is Sunday September 30, 2018. Note that the registration is only considered when the registration fee of 75 euro is paid before September 30, 2018 (valid for two attempts). There is an early bird discount of 50% when applying before September 10, 2018. The registration fee is then only 37,50 euro.

The link for the application procedure can be found here:

Please do not apply by sending an email. We cannot take these applications into consideration.

You can find more information on the AMID website ( and contact us at or + 31 (0) 24 36 13058


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 cultural 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-reflect are assets that count highly in the selection process;
  • Excellent active knowledge of English. Working knowledge of other languages (French, Spanish, Portuguese) are a distinct advantage. Note that some of the trainee positions require active knowledge of Dutch language in writing and speaking;
  • 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. The selection committee aims to select a diverse group of highly qualified candidates and does so by comparing all applications to find the best and most motivated candidates for the AMID programme;
  • 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 2019 and the first month of 2020. 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 2018. Ensure that you are available on the specific dates in which the interviews take place. More information on the selection procedure can be found on the website:

Work Hours:

32-40 hours per week