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The PAX Protection of Civilians (PoC) team is looking for two interns to support the team during the period from September 2021 to the beginning of 2022 (exact dates to be confirmed in consultation with the candidate. Top priority for the interns will be to support the team in the organization of its annual PoC conference in December 2021. For more information about the position, requirements and application procedure, see below.

PAX is the largest peace organization in the Netherlands. We work to protect civilians against acts of war, to end armed violence and to build inclusive peace.

The protection of civilians in armed conflict is a widely shared objective, but effective ways to provide and maintain protection are few and far between in today’s violent conflicts. PAX aims to amplify the voices and capacities of civilians in conflict to improve the effectiveness of protection actors and improve the security of local communities.

This position is based within the Protection of Civilians (PoC) team at PAX in Utrecht. The PoC team’s main activities include: survey research and advocacy in South Sudan and Iraq; training and advising PoC actors internationally; research on defense and security policies; and advocacy for inclusion of people-centered PoC policy at the UN, EU, and NATO. We work with local partners, likeminded international organizations, military and diplomatic actors, researchers, politicians, and policy makers. (See for more details.)

The PoC team at PAX also convenes an annual international PoC conference (see We are looking for an intern to help our team with organizing all components of this hybrid in-person and online conference in December 2021.

Intern Protection of Civilians (0,8-1,0 FTE)  

Responsibilities and tasks
The intern will report to both the Program Lead and Partnership Coordinator of the PoC team. S/he will contribute to all aspects of organizing a professional multi-day event, including: liaising with venues and contractors, setting up the conference platform, facilitating session preparations, moderating event components, managing RSVPs, and other logistics. The intern will also have the opportunity to network with a wide range of policy makers, military actors, researchers, and other international experts participating in the conference.   

Who are we looking for?
Our ideal candidate is a fast-learning team player with a knack for coordinating professional and impactful events. Being tech-savvy will certainly help with the hybrid nature of this event. Being flexible, organized, and having a collaborative attitude will be valuable when adjusting to potential last-minute changes. 


  • BA degree in a relevant discipline is required 
  • Interest in PoC and human security themes
  • Some level of experience organizing (international) events  
  • Highly motivated and fast learner 
  • Excellent written and oral communication in English (languages like Arabic, French, and/or Dutch are appreciated)
  • Ability and permission (EU working visa) to work at the office in Utrecht 
  • Availability from September through the beginning of 2022 (in coordination with candidate)

What we offer 

  • An inspiring, fast paced, and humorous environment in an international team 
  • Opportunity to meet fascinating experts in the field of international affairs and to expand your network internationally 
  • A monthly contribution of 170 euro (based on full-time employment) for travel and other expenses

Information and application
For questions regarding this position, please contact Hans Rouw at

Interested candidates matching the profile and requirements are requested to send their CV (max 2 pages) and a one-page motivation letter addressed to Hans Rouw by email at the address listed above. 

Closing date for reactions to this vacancy announcement is end of day on Sunday, September 5th, 2021. 

About this news

Date of publication:

Aug 27, 2021


Hans Rouw


September 2021 - early 2022