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Professional Internship Programme

The objective of professional internships is to acquaint students with the tasks and challenges involved in the daily practices of organisations and professionals in international relations, security and development.

These internships may be curricular or extracurricular. In either case, the student must be enrolled in a Master’s Programme offered by IBEI. IBEI offers its own curricular internships.

These are managed directly through collaboration agreements already in place with various companies and institutions. Professional internships do not establish a connection or work relationship between the student and the company or institution.

Enrolment & Selection process

Curricular internships make up part of the curriculum of each Master’s Programme. Students are required to enrol in the elective course entitled "Internship" (code 9040), worth 4 ECTS credits. This internship is thus part of the 60 credits necessary to complete the Master’s programme. Internships are required to have a minimum of 120 hours and a maximum of 900 hours.

Organisations working in collaboration with IBEI send descriptions of available internships, which will be forwarded to students who have requested information about the internships IBEI offers. Students may then notify IBEI if they are interested in any.

The final selection of the candidates will be made by the organisation. The internships will be formalised through an annex of the Internship Agreement signed by IBEI, the organisation and the selected student.

Assessment of curricular internships

Curricular internships are subject to a predefined and standardised assessment system, based on two reports:

  1. Report from the student’s supervisor in the organisation.
  2. Five-page personal report written by the student.

The final assessment will be made once the internship has been completed, according to the evaluation of the two reports, and the student will receive a Pass/Fail grade.

Internship Placements

IBEI students have completed internships at sites such as these over the last two years: