Intern Shared Operations

‘flexible, semi - independent with excellent planning & organizational skills’

4-5 days per week for a period of 6-9 months, starting in 2023


You are interested in working in an international organization and eager to learn. You are enthusiastic, result driven and have great communication skills. As an intern in this role, you support the Operations and Quality officer and the Senior Advisor Organizational Development in the following areas: travel, quality management system development, environmental management and operations in general. This is an operational internship in which you will experience learning opportunities through collaboration with various departments.

Your Challenge

You provide support the Operations and Quality officer and Senior Advisor OD in the areas detailed below. On a daily basis this can be communications, planning and coordination, documentation or technical support. There is operational work to do, but you will also be involved in more tactical and strategic discussions. Obligations you have in relation to your study will be taken into consideration with you in order to ensure that the time with War Child will benefit your education and your start in the job market.

Your responsibilities

Quality management system development

  • Learn from and support Quality officer and Senior Advisor OD on improvement actions resulting from internal quality audits

Environmental management

  • Learn about relevancy of environmentally sound ways of working
  • Support putting in practice our ambitions on environmental performance and environmental management
  • Support the functioning of the international Environment group, incl. communications, gathering and processing data etc.
  • Support in the development and introduction of a new travel booking tool.

Shared Operations

  • Learn about NGO operations (HR, Finance, IT, GOOD team, legal and procurement)
  • Coordinate basic procurements and invoicing
  • Support the team with reporting and administrative tasks whilst gaining insight in NGO operations rotating through the various different departments withing shared operations
  • Support with communications on behalf of the shared operations team
  • Support and participate in departmental projects
  • Provide support in organizing meetings, projects and events, and preparing materials for these.

Your profile

  • Student of HBO or Bachelor program, with specialization IBMS, Business Administration, Marketing, Economics or similar.
  • You are enrolled in a Dutch higher education institute for the whole duration of the internship
  • Ability to produce quality work outputs within agreed priorities and to deadlines
  • Ability to maintain contacts at different levels
  • Excellent planning & organizational skills
  • Problem solving skills, can-do mentality
  • Pro-active, independent and flexible
  • Interested to work and communicate with people from various backgrounds
  • Strong teamwork and communication skills including presentation preparation and delivery
  • Excellent command of English language, both spoken and written
  • This is a full time internship, working 4 days is an option
  • Available to start January/February 2023 for a minimum period of 6 months.

Our organization

War Child is a medium-size development and humanitarian organization with offices in Amsterdam, Stockholm, Hamburg and nine conflict zones. The Shared Operations Department (including HR, Finance and ICT) is at the heart of the changes that have just started taken place to change from a primarily Dutch organization to a more balanced global organization. The Department provides services shared by all organizational units. We try to keep an informal ambiance within our office in Amsterdam, with a lot of room for creativity, inspiration and self-initiative from employees. 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 an Intern Shared Operations who will join Team Shared Operations, from January 2023 for a period of at least 5-6 months, 4-5 days per week. As intern in War Child you can count on an interesting internship with a degree of freedom to work out your ideas and work on tasks related to your education. 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. Please also 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 31 December 2022 by submitting their CV (English, max 2 pages) and cover letter here:


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.