Trainees

Do you have the ambition to contribute to a fair and sustainable world? Do you want to invest in acquiring the knowledge and skills that a professional in this sector needs? And do you want to gain access to a professional career in international development?

The AMID programme provides you with a stimulating environment that enables you to combine working and learning. You get acquainted with the latest academic insights and best practices, and gain access to a diverse network of interesting actors. AMID is a post-masters’ programme that is accredited by IAC/EADI  following the standing orders for development institutes.

Participating in AMID 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

"For me, the AMID programme was comprehensive and well-balanced, offering a unique combination of practical skills training, personal development and a thorough understanding of today's pressing issues in international development." - 2016 AMID trainee

The AMID programme

As a talented young professional participating in AMID, you will work at an organisation engaged in issues related to sustainable development for four days a week and attend lectures at the university on Fridays. AMID aims to deliver well-qualified professionals with the knowledge, skills and mindset to operate successfully in international organisations dealing with complex global problems. The starting point for AMID is that positive social change can only be realised in collaboration between different actors such as government, private sector, NGOs and knowledge institutes. Candidates are encouraged to propose an organisation where they have been working (internship, volunteering) before and propose a traineeship in cooperation with AMID. Candidates that already have established contact with an organisation are requested to consult the AMID (amid@maw.ru.nl) on how to proceed in arranging an AMID traineeship. Note that this is not a guarantee that you will enter the programme since also in this case you must pass the selection procedure.

The AMID academic year runs from February to February. You will be employed at an organisation based in the Netherlands engaged in international development for the full year. Please note that some organisations may require you to start on January 1. Trainees work four days a week for a compensation of at least 80 percent of the minimum wage. The organisation does not provide a job guarantee.

Why would I want to apply?

The AMID programme combines work experience and academic reflection. In weekly lectures, you are challenged to develop a critical approach towards international development in combination with more skills-based trainings. In addition, you gain a full year of work experience on an academic position in a competitive field.

AMID trainees differ in terms of cultural and educational background and work in a variety of positions within a broad spectrum of organisations from different sectors. This diversity is important, as it results in a wider range of knowledge, experiences and perspectives that is brought into classroom discussions with fellow trainees. Whether through own experience or through the experience of others, trainees gain a profound insight into what working in the development field entails and requires.

Objectives

The objective of the programme is twofold. First, to train students with a Master's degree to become well-qualified professionals who are able to critically contribute to, and pursue a career in the field of international development. Second, to bridge the gap between academia, policy and practice in the field of international development.

What makes you a suitable trainee?

A suitable trainee meets the following conditions:

  • You are a recent Master graduate at the start of your professional career;
  • You are ambitious, you want to pursue a career in international development and you have an open and flexible attitude.
  • You have a Master’s degree which has a link to international development and cooperation, international work experience, and excellent active knowledge of English. The programme is open to graduates from different academic backgrounds who are highly motivated to contribute to international cooperation and sustainable development.
  • Furthermore, you have a Master’s thesis awarded with an 8 or higher (or similar grade); In case you do not meet this requirement but are convinced that you stand out as a candidate because of other skills, experiences, background, you should stress this in your application. The recruitment agency (Impressive Green Apple) in charge of the selection procedure selects a diverse group of highly qualified candidates and does so by comparing all applications to find the best and most motivated candidates for the AMID programme.
  • If you are a non-EU candidate, you need a work permit and visa before the start of your AMID year. Non-EU applicants who have completed their Master can apply for an ‘orientation year’ within three years after their graduation. Others should check the possibilities for obtaining a work visa with the Dutch Immigration Service.
  • The exact entry requirements can be found under application.

What can I expect from work?

Each year, AMID arranges the traineeships at the organisations. Among the organisations that have participated in previous years are Amnesty International, Aqua for All, Care, BoPinc, Food & Business Knowledge Platform, FMO, Free Press Unlimited, Centre for Development Innovation, Oxfam Novib, UTZ and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

As a trainee, you will work in a junior position. The job package consists of, amongst others, policy-related work, research and/or project management. All trainees work under the direct supervision of a senior colleague with whom you conduct at least a midterm and final assessment interview.

If you already work at an organisation active in the field of international development, you can also apply for AMID. Please contact us for more information.

What can I expect from the academic programme?

The year is divided into four modules, which are cumulative and mutually supportive. Module 1 is the building block for the other three modules and provides an overview of the field of international development through an actor perspective. This enables trainees to position the organisation they work for in a broader context. Module 2 focuses on cooperation and provides an in-depth understanding of the role that interorganisational collaboration plays in reaching development objectives. Module 3 looks at how different organisations understand, realise and assess development objectives by reflecting on monitoring and evaluation mechanisms. Finally, Module 4 focuses on emerging topics and global challenges and aims to come to an understanding how these changes strategically affect different organisations. Each of the four modules is concluded with a written assignment.

Lectures take place on Friday and are generally at Radboud University, Nijmegen. Preparation for the lectures includes readings and homework assignments and takes up approx. four hours a week.

The working language in the teaching and training programme is English.

For more information on the programme and experiences of (former) trainees, take a look at study guide amid (pdf, 1.2 MB), blogs and the alumni page.

Costs

In addition to at least a minimum wage, the organisation agrees to pay 90% of the programme’s tuition fee (9900 euro in 2019) and the trainee’s commuting expenses, including lecture days. Candidates pay 75 euro registration fee (37,50 with early bird discount before September 10, 2018). The registration is valid for two selection attempts. Once you are selected for the programme, the registration fee is deducted from trainees own contribution (10% of the fee) to the programme. The own contribution then comes down to 925 euro when paid in 2 instalments, or 900 euro in full when paid before February 1, 2019.

In case the own contribution would exclude you from participation, contact AMID to see if you are eligible for the diversity fund. Note that this fund is only open to a small number of outstanding trainees contributing to the diversity of AMID trainees and for whom participation to the programme is impossible under the current rules and (financial) conditions.

How can I apply?

The application for the AMID programme opens in September. The call applications amid 2019 can be downloaded here (pdf, 131 kB) and more information about applying and the selection process can be found here.