Communications Intern

‘Flexible self-starter with excellent communication and writing skills, and a knack for social media’

4-5 days per week for a period of 4-5 months, starting mid August 2022


First and foremost, you are passionate about working for an international organisation focused on children. You also possess strong written and verbal skills and are eager to be immersed in the humanitarian aid sector. You are enthusiastic, results-driven and an all-rounder - as well as someone who is able to hit the ground running. As an intern in this role you will support the Global Communications and Advocacy team, particularly our Online colleagues, in the following areas: sourcing and writing social media and website content, online publishing and general organisational support. This is a broad internship in which you’ll have contact with various departments around the world, but we’re especially excited about bringing an aspiring creative, digital copywriter into our midst.

Your Challenge

You provide support to the Global Communications and Advocacy Team in the areas detailed below. On a daily basis this can be support in writing a social media post, planning communications, coordination, documentation or administrative support. There is operational work to do, but you will also be involved in more strategic discussions. Obligations you may have in relation to your study will be discussed with you to ensure that your time with War Child will benefit your start in the job market.

This internship role is based at the War Child office in Amsterdam and the suitable intern needs to be enrolled in a Dutch higher education institute for the duration of the internship.

Your Responsibilities

Important Note: The tasks listed below will be flexible enough to be adapted to suit your particular area of study.

Support development and dissemination of content relating to War Child’s communications strategy (i.e. creating a sense of urgency and highlighting our innovative work):

  • Support Communications Advisors in developing online content and posting these across multiple channels according to set formats

Support communications and coordination of country programme communication needs

  • Follow up on country programme requests, help with editing “jargony” copy into snappy, engaging social media content in line with our brand tone of voice


  • Support advisors with coordination of monthly Comms Global Network
  • Collaborate with different departments and disciplines within the organisation
  • Support with the team’s day-to-day communications, reporting, planning, team day coordination, documentation and administrative tasks

Your profile

  • Bachelor or Master’s programme student, preferably specializing in international development, development studies, sociology, anthropology, communication, journalism, new media or digital culture
  • Enrolled in a Dutch higher education institution for the whole duration of the internship
  • Preferably knowledge of NGO and/or development or humanitarian sector
  • Excellent command of English language, both spoken and written
  • Ability to follow up on news leads and write online content (web and social media)
  • Ability to produce quality work outputs within agreed priorities and to deadline
  • Ability to maintain contacts at different levels, and be proactive in coordinating content with other global departments
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills
  • Good problem solving skills, can-do mentality
  • Independent and flexible
  • Available for 4-5 days a week
  • Available from mid-August 2022 for a period of 5-6 months

Our organisation

War Child is an organisation with offices in Amsterdam, Stockholm, Hamburg and in nine conflict affected zones. The Global Communications and Advocacy team is based in Amsterdam, but works closely with all War Child offices around the world to build the brand, influence policy and share content. We are a team of several nationalities, whose outlook is international and our working language is English. We keep an informal ambiance within our office in Amsterdam, with a lot of room for creativity, inspiration and self-initiative from members of the team. We try to practice what we preach: dynamic, innovative, integrity focused and a drive to reach the highest possible results against the lowest possible costs.

Our conditions

We are looking for a Communications Intern who will join the Communications and Advocacy Team from August for a period of 5-6 months, for 4-5 days per week. As a War Child intern, you can count on an one-of-a-kind internship with an opportunity to learn a lot. Of course you will get guidance, but also freedom to work out your ideas. You will receive an internship allowance of € 200, - gross per month, based on 40 hours per week.

Please note that War Child interns need to be enrolled as students at a Dutch educational institution for the duration of their internship.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply by no later than July, 30 2021 by submitting their CV (English, max 2 pages) and cover letter here:

For questions related to this internship, please reach out to:

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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.