Visual Communication and Design Intern with focus on Research and Development

“Support War Child’s Research and Development team and apply your visual communications skills to create a better future for children affected by conflicts”

Your Challenge

War Child Holland invests in a peaceful future for children affected by armed conflict. Our mission is to help war children to change the future. The Research and Development (R&D) department is responsible for developing and evaluating a care system of interventions within child protection, education and psychosocial domain. The department is also responsible for overseeing the development of quality standards, against which quality of care can be assessed in the future.

As Visual Communication and Design Intern R&D you will support the ongoing development and research work of the department through undertaking a variety of visual communication and design activities. For this reason, it is not applicable to conduct your own thesis research projects within the department. NB: this role is based in Amsterdam with no overseas travel.

The Visual Communication and Design Intern R&D formally reports to the Director of R&D and informally to the Communication and Advocacy Designer. The Intern will be supervised by members of the R&D department.

Your responsibilities

  • Support scaling of interventions and disseminating research findings through creating of interesting visuals in the framework of War Child brand guidelines: graphics, illustrations or infographics in consultations with researchers
  • Create visual communication resources in the framework of War Child brand guidelines for a variety of target audiences including: donors, inter-agencies, practitioners, governments and (local) organisations
  • Conduct desk research, analysing research and translating research into visual communication
  • General support activities for the ongoing communication work of the department.

Your profile

  • You are a student in design or visual communications
  • You are enrolled in a Dutch higher education institute for the whole duration of the internship
  • You have an interest in psychosocial wellbeing, education, mental health, child protection and/or sustainable development
  • You have excellent skills in design, can make infographics or illustrations to disseminate our research and interventions
  • You have an interest in creating materials for awareness raising
  • You enjoy breaking down large pieces of information in a visual way
  • You would like to analyse, structure and work with research data
  • You have a good sense of priorities and time management
  • Excellent command of English language, both spoken and written
  • Available 3 or 4 days per week, starting between February and March 2022 for a period of up to 6 months.
  • Students with lived experiences and connections to War Child’s programme countries, or settings affected by war and conflict are particularly encouraged to apply

Our Organisation and Conditions

War Child is a young and dynamic organization. We try to keep an informal ambiance within our office, with a lot of room for creativity, inspiration and self-initiative from employees. We practice what we preach: dynamic, innovative, integrity focused and a drive to reach the highest possible results against the lowest possible costs. War Child offers a challenging job in an inspiring workplace in Amsterdam.

This internship is for a period of four months for 3 - 4 days per week, starting in February or March 2022 (flexible). As per War Child Intern Policy, fee will be €200 gross per month (based on 5 days). You must already be based in The Netherlands.

Please note that War Child interns need to be registered students at a Dutch educational institutions. This is a requirement by law. Students must be enrolled for the duration of their internship. Please note that this internship does not suit students who are in their thesis writing semesters.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply by no later than 30th of January 2022 by submitting their CV (English, max 2 pages), cover letter and uploading their portfolio of work. Please upload your application and portfolio here:

Interviews will be held in early February 2022. For candidates invited to interview, you will be asked to create a brief visual assignment.

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War Child is committed to humanitarian values, standards and norms and we expect the same from job applicants. War Child is especially committed to safeguarding the children and youth we support and doesn’t tolerate any form of abuse. Because we want to prevent and deter any actions that place children and youth at risk, conduct references are an important part of our recruitment procedure. As part of the selection process, War Child will request standardized references in accordance with the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme and a recent Criminal Records statement.

Equal opportunity

War Child has a dream that every child lives in peace - no matter who or where they are. That’s why we pride ourselves on being an equal opportunity employer. We promote diversity and belonging in everything we do and select our potential new colleagues without regard to gender, race, colour, religion, nationality, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Application process

To ensure that we spend as much of our resources on the support of children and youth, War Child needs to operate as efficiently as possible. This means we can only process job applications received through our websites.

If we appoint a suitable candidate before the given closing date, the vacancy will be removed from our websites. In this case, any responses received after removal will not be processed. Sometimes the closing date of a vacancy is extended. If so, and you have not yet heard from us, your application will remain active.