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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide an ambitious agenda to counter urgent and complex global challenges. Collaboration between the private sector, governments, knowledge institutes and civic society organisations is key. All actors have a need for international development professionals who are trained to collaborate with a variety of stakeholders to deliver measurable results and are able to use the latest academic and practical insights to deal with complex issues in the field.

By participating in AMID Young Professional, organisations get access to a pool of highly talented, young graduates with the ambition to acquire the knowledge and skills to contribute to the realisation of the SDGs. Trainees bring in the latest academic insights and best practices, as well as a diverse network of interesting actors. They come from different educational, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Over the years, nearly 100 organisations ranging from NGOs, to government institutes, knowledge institutes and (semi) profit organisations, participated regularly in the programme by offering one or more traineeships.

Offering a trainee position within the AMID Young Professionals programme is a good investment. Since 1998 nearly 500 trainees participated in the EADI accredited AMID programme. Today, over 72% of these alumni is still working in the field of international development. Trainees value AMID for gaining relevant academic knowledge and practical skills, work experience, and network and award the programme with 7.6 out of 10 score in reaching its objective. Tracer Study 2017.

The AMID Young Professional programme

AMID Young Professional is a dual one-year programme that combines academic training and practical experience. The complexity of problems in the field of international development requires a combination of innovative and critical thinking with specialized practical skills that young university graduates often lack. AMID Young Professional aims to bridge this gap with the notion that positive social change can only be realised in collaboration between different actors.

We offer a blended programme: 75% takes place online, 25% takes place face-to-face. Our high-quality online lectures are complemented by two-day, face-to-face trainings, taking place in the Netherlands and in Kenya. Next to these lectures and trainings, additional activities, like literature dialogue sessions, coaching and webinars are organised.


Trainees work four days a week in a junior position and attend lectures and trainings (mostly) on Fridays. The academic part of the AMID Young Professional programme consists of four modules that relate closely to the actual challenges in the field of international development.

Important reasons to work with AMID Young Professional

  • Your organisation gains access to talented young graduates who are highly motivated to contribute to sustainable development.
  • AMID trainees contribute fresh thinking, best practices and state-of-the-art knowledge, critical reflection and practical skills and tools.
  • You become part of a broad, multidisciplinary, and international network of government agencies, businesses, NGOs, and knowledge institutes.
  • AMID’s comprehensive recruitment and selection procedure allows your organisation to save time and money on recruitment for a junior position.
  • You invest in a (potentially permanent) team member.
  • You give young talent the chance to start a career in a competitive sector. Approximately three-quarters of young professionals trained in the AMID Young Professional programme over the past 20 years has been permanently working in the sector.


A suitable position meets the following criteria:

  • The trainee works four days a week in a junior position (e.g. programme officer, PMEL- officer, policy advisor, business developer, researcher);
  • The trainees’ tasks and responsibilities require an academic level and offer space to develop professional skills;
  • The trainee has a permanent supervisor in the organisation and regularly discusses her/his performance.

AMID trainees

The AMID traineeship is open to young professionals who are based either in the Netherlands, Kenya (in cooperation with the Institute for Development Studies of the University of Nairobi) or neighboring countries. Organisations and trainees based elsewhere are welcome to join too, please contact us for more information. Our international classroom provides trainees the opportunity to learn and work together internationally, broaden their perspectives and develop know­ledge, skills, and attitudes that foster international cooperation.

Besides different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, AMID trainees come from a variety of academic backgrounds too. They hold an academic master, for example in development studies, economy, anthropology, international studies, business or communication studies. They have at least three months’ experience in an international setting (f.e. through research or an internship) and are highly motivated to contribute to sustainable development and positive social change. Candidates are selected for the AMID Young Professional programme on their motivation to learn, their analytical skills and their communication skills. 

Internal Candidates

Organisations can also introduce their own candidate. This way, you can invest in promising talent in your own organisation and benefit from participating in the AMID Young Professional programme. The internal candidate does have to pass the AMID selection process. If you want to introduce your own candidate, you can contact the AMID office via amid@ru.nl.

Recruitment & timeline

AApplications are open September 1 to October 1 2020. The selection procedure takes place between October and December 2020. Each year, circa 250-300 young professionals apply for the AMID traineeship. The selection procedure is conducted by a selection committee under the responsibility of AMID.

Organisations are asked to share a job description by the end of September, in which they can also express specific requirements such as academic specialisation, previous experience or language skills.

In November, the selected candidates are matched with the organisations. For each position, AMID recommends three possible trainees. Organisations invite these candidates for a job interview and make the final decision.

When the selection process is completed, AMID, trainee and the organisation sign a three-party framework agreement in December and the trainee is set to start in February of the next year.

Matching process AMID for organisations

Provide job description

End of September 2020

Proposed matching three candidates

November 5 & 6, 2020

Notification and profiles

November 10, 2020

Interviews candidates

November 10 - December 10, 2020

Deadline matching process

December 11, 2020

Signing three-party framework agreement

End of December, 2020

Start trainee

February 1, 2021



Organisations participating in the AMID Young Professional program, pay at least minimum wage, commuting costs for the respective trainee for work and training days, and the tuition fee. The tuition fee to be paid by the organisation hosting a trainee in the Netherlands (or neighbouring country) in 2021 is 10.675 euros. The tuition fee to be paid by the organisation hosting a trainee in Kenya (or neighbouring country) is 6.500 euros. Other terms of employment can be agreed on in a separate contract between trainee and organisation.


"AMID is a strong 'brand', which offers a 'win-win' scenario for the stakeholders involved. (...) The peer reviewers are impressed by the programme's quality (...), the multidisciplinary and richness of the curriculum, as well as the excellent facilities." - EADI Accreditation

Global Deal

Organisations that appoint a trainee in the global North as well as in the global South, are eligible for our Global Deal. They receive a discount of 1.500 euros.

Other Deals

AMID is bridging academia and practice in the field of international cooperation. AMID aims to capacitate, facilitate and inspire both young and more seasoned professionals in their role as change agents. Besides offering AMID Young Professional in the Netherlands and in Kenia (and neighboring countries, in cooperation with the University of Nairobi), we offer a series of AMID Masterclasses. If your organisation is interested in participating in more than one AMID programme and/or our Masterclasses series, you are eligible for the following deals:

  • Talent deal: 1 AMID Young Professional (10.675 Euro) & 1 AMID Masterclasses for 11.725 Euro (50 percent discount on AMID Masterclasses)
  • All in deal: 1 AMID Young Professional (10.675 Euro) & 1 AMID Young Professional Kenya (1500 euros discount) and 1 AMID Masterclasses (50 percent discount)


If your organisation is interested in offering a trainee position, or if you want to introduce your own trainee, please send an email to amid@maw.ru.nl