Internship Position as IHS library assistant to help reorganize the IHS library collection

About IHS
The Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) is a center of urban expertise of Erasmus University Rotterdam. Looking at cities from different perspectives, we educate urban professionals from diverse backgrounds, consult national and local governments from the Global South and engage in cutting-edge urban research.

Bringing practical experience from real-life projects back to the classroom, we inspire collaboration and co-creation of urban knowledge. Together with our partners, we work at the forefront of urban development to improve the wellbeing of people living in cities across the globe.

The successful candidate will be part of the IHS library, supporting us with the information needs of IHS staff and participants attending its courses.


During the next six months, the IHS library collection will undergo a substantial rearrangement. The aim is to arrange the current collection of 25,000 documents by thematic areas. The basis for reorganization will be according to 1. Books; 2. Grey literature; 3. Digital content.

Duties include:

  • Going through the library collection shelf by shelf and rearranging documents based on the above criteria;
  • Relocating parts of the collection to new shelf locations;
  • Making adjustments in our library database to specify the new locations;
  • Retrospective digitalization of part of the existing library collection;
  • Any other activities arising from the above.

All of the above will be under the supervision of current library staff.

General Requirements

  • The candidate should be a student at a Dutch or foreign university (with a Residence Permit for the Netherlands) in a graduate/undergraduate (Master/Bachelor) study programme that requires a work placement/ internship at an international organisation like IHS
  • Bachelor candidates must have successfully completed at least 2-3 years of an undergraduate degree in library or information science.
  • Very strong organizational skills;
  • Excellent computer skills, such as Microsoft Office applications;
  • Creative and pro-active attitude in team work;
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English;
  • Able to work on several things at the same time;
  • Ability to work independently and with deadlines;
  • Highly motivated;

Specific Skills

  • Knowledge of information systems;
  • Affinity with library work;

Terms & Conditions

  • IHS will establish an internship agreement which states the terms and conditions of the internship. This document needs to be signed by IHS, a representative of the university of the intern and the intern himself/herself. Candidates that cannot provide university approval for respective agreement cannot be accepted.
  • The candidate must be in possession of a Dutch residence permit valid for the total period of the internship or be an EU citizen. Candidates without a permit cannot be accepted.
  • The intern position is available in Rotterdam, the Netherlands for a period of at least five and preferably twelve months and needs a presence of 40 hrs per week, working regular office hours.
  • We offer a cost compensation of 300 euros gross per month for undergraduate students and 500 euros gross per month for master students.
  • The starting date for this internship is to be discussed and depends on the available starting date of the candidate and the availability of the internship at that particular time.

More Information

Please refer to for more information about the IHS library.

How to Apply

By email to Nigel Browne

Please include Intern IHS library assistant in the subject heading and send:
- A motivation letter
- A CV
- Documents illustrating relevant experience
- Copy of your passport
- For non-EU candidates: a copy of the back and front side of your residence permit for the Netherlands 
- Availability date(s)