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Child Participation Summer Intern

Join the fight against child exploitation! Do you have (or almost finished) Master's Degree in child rights, human rights or any other relevant degree? Do you want to put your time, energy and skills towards a worthy cause? Become our summer intern at Terre des Hommes!

About Terre des Hommes

Terre des Hommes Netherlands aims to prevent child exploitation, to remove children from exploitative situations, and to ensure that these children are able to continue their development in a safe environment. Terre des Hommes Netherlands focuses on Sexual Exploitation of Children (SEC), the Worst Forms of Child Labour, Child Trafficking and Migration, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), and on Child Protection in Humanitarian Crisis. For each of these forms of child exploitation, Terre des Hommes Netherlands is developing and implementing projects and programmes through local partners, mainly in Asia and Africa.

At the same time, we are building and providing technical capacity to partners in child protection, with a special focus on the TdH-NL’s thematic areas. Terre des Hommes Netherlands also advocates for policy change at the European Union (EU) level and country level for better policies tackling child exploitation.

Goal of this internship

The aim of this internship is to provide a learning environment for an aspiring child rights advocate, while contributing to developing child participation mechanisms for EU advocacy purposes, among others. 

We are looking for a bright hands-on Child Participation Intern to be a key member of the Lobby &  Expertise team. The candidate in this role will gain a wide range of knowledge and experience during the months they will be with us, starting from July 2021 until the end of August, with the possibility to stay with us additional months part-time or full-time depending on your school obligations.

Position within the organisation

The Child Participation Intern will be based in The Hague and works with the Lobby &  Expertise Team (L&E) in our head office in The Hague, and receives hierarchical leadership from the Technical Expert to whom he/she reports. He/she will, in close collaboration and consultation with the L&E and Programmes teams, advise and act on the development, implementation and monitoring of child participation mechanisms in the Netherlands for children to have their voices heard on issues of (online) child sexual exploitation. 

Main Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Help develop child participation mechanisms and networks
  • Undergo child safeguarding training
  • Coordinate the logistics, practicalities, including child safeguarding measures, of the setting up of child participation mechanisms under the supervision of Technical Experts
  • Support the organisation of workshops
  • Document and maintain complete and accurate supporting information for all financial transactions.
  • Maintain and organise programme documents and files on Google Drive

  • Other ad hoc tasks, upon mutual agreement and experience.

About you

  • Master's Degree in child rights, human rights or any other relevant degree.
  • Knowledge of child rights, preferably of (online) child sexual exploitation.
  • Good organisational skills.
  • Good oral and written communication.
  • Networking skills.
  • Previous experience is an advantage but not required.

What do we offer?

  • A challenging internship in which you can learn a lot and get a lot of responsibility;
  • Many very knowledgeable and driven international colleagues
  • Work with experts in the field
  • An internship allowance 
  • Working at office at one of the nicest squares in The Hague if restrictions are lifted and safety precautions allow. (and working partly from home)


Does this opportunity sounds interesting to you? We like to hear from you before before 25th of June! Please upload your application. Thanks!

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