Internship Position in Urban Socio-Spatial Development

About IHS

The Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) is a centre 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 well-being of people living in cities across the globe.


The successful candidate will be part of our Urban Socio-Spatial Development academic team. The Urban Socio-Spatial Development cluster focuses on making cities and the interactions with and transitions within cities. It addresses topics such as the creation and appropriation of urban space, civic engagement leading to transformations in the built and social environment, the right to the city, focusing on the right to land and housing and urban heritage. You will be supporting us in running the one-year MSc programme in Urban Management and Development and our training courses and advisory projects.


  • Supporting the preparation and implementation of specific modules of the Urban Management and Development Master’s course, in particular, the Master tracks of Strategic Urban Planning and Policy, Urban Housing, Equity and Social Justice and Land and Housing Development Strategies
  • Preparing materials for courses and workshops
  • Arranging and accompanying students on excursions
  • Supporting lecturers and students in exercises and workshops
  • Updating and managing the online platform (blog) of the specialisation during the course

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.
  • Creative and with a pro-active attitude in teamwork, but also able to work independently.
  • Able to work on several things at the same time and with deadlines
  • International (work) experience in a multicultural environment is an asset
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English
  • Very strong organisational skills
  • Excellent computer skills, such as a good use of Microsoft Office applications

Specific Skills and Requirements

  • The candidate must have successfully completed at least 3 years of an undergraduate degree in urban planning, urban management, urbanism, geography, development studies, international studies, economics, architecture, or other related disciplines.
  • Affinity for urban planning, international urban management and development, governance, self-organisation, and capacity building issues
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English. The Dutch language is an asset.
  • Excellent knowledge of office suite (word, excel, PowerPoint)
  • Acquaintance with online blog platforms, presentation/visualisation programmes and design software are additional assets
  • Very strong organising skills
  • Able to work in a diverse cultural and professional environment
  • Able to work independently and collectively within the team
  • Creative and pro-active attitude
  • Strongly motivated

Terms & Conditions

  • IHS will establish an internship agreement that states the terms and conditions of the internship. This document needs to be signed by IHS, a representative of the intern’s university, and the intern. Candidates that cannot provide university approval for the respective agreement cannot be accepted.
  • The candidate must have a Dutch residence permit valid for the total period of the internship or be an EU citizen. Candidates without a permit cannot be accepted. Any other residence permits not issued by Dutch authorities or a permit from another European country is not valid for the Netherlands.
  • IHS and MUG students are ineligible to apply for the intern position.
  • The intern position is available in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, for at least four and a maximum of six months.
  • Full-time internships have a workload of 40 hours per week. Part-time internships (minimum 0.6 FTE) may be possible.
  • We offer a cost compensation of 300 euros gross per month for undergraduate students and 500 euros gross per month for master students (pro-rata for part-time internships).

How to Apply

Please send your application by email to Ms Carolina Lunetta at and with “USSD internship programme” in the subject line and send us. Please include:

  • A letter of motivation
  • A detailed CV
  • Availability dates

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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