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Would you like to do an internship with an organization focused on corporate research and accountability? Do you have a particular ambition to close governance gaps and overcome other (systemic) barriers to justice? Would you like to develop your research skills working within and being supported by a committed and energetic team?

SOMO is offering a four to five-month research internship within the project Mind the Gap, preferably starting in March.

What is SOMO?

SOMO is a research and network organisation founded in 1973. We investigate the consequences of multinational corporations’ activities and the impact of corporate globalisation, particularly on developing countries. This research should contribute to eradicating poverty and to laying the foundations for sustainable and fair economic development.

Within the Mind the Gap project SOMO works with civil society organisations in Brazil, DRC, Indonesia, and the occupied Palestinian territories to ensure that the human rights of communities and workers whose lives and livelihoods are affected by multinational corporations are respected and protected through improving their access to remedy. Through collaborative action-oriented research, capacity development and advocacy & engagement the project team engages with, learns from, and supports partner organizations to successfully counter strategies employed by multinational companies to create, maintain and exploit governance gaps and other (systemic) barriers to justice.

About the internship

During this internship you will be part of our Mind the Gap team. You will mainly work with our sub-team on the development of an online international research report that focuses on the harmful strategies multinational companies use to avoid being held accountable for human rights violations and environmental damages. You will also work with individual country coordinators to support research into community-company conflict cases in the four focus countries. Additionally, you will support the project leader with several coordination and communication tasks.

Key activities and responsibilities

  • You will collect, analyse and process data and information on the harmful strategies used by multinational companies in a protected online data collection system and write parts of the research output;
  • You will organise (online) consultations on and validation of the (preliminary) research results;
  • You will prepare the research output for publication;
  • You will coordinate and support the work of international research partners and facilitate knowledge sharing and data management between all project partners;
  • You will support the project leader with the planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning processes of the project and provide support in managing external communication on project activities.


  • Affinity with the mission of SOMO and the aim of the project
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent command of English
  • Good communication skills (intercultural, verbal and written)
  • Ability to work independent, pro-actively and on your own initiative, while also being a good team-worker
  • Enrolment in a relevant Bachelor or Master study
  • A work permit for the Netherlands

We offer

  • An exciting internship within an informal and dynamic workspace based in Amsterdam
  • Work experience in the NGO sector with an organisation with a large national and international network
  • Critical but constructive supervision
  • A stipend of €400 per month, on a 32-hours basis
  • Travel cost reimbursement


Email your letter of interest and CV, along with an English writing sample to Virginia Sandjojo at

Please apply before Wednesday, 6 February 2019. Interviews will take place in the second and third week of February.

SOMO would especially like to invite candidates with a bicultural background to apply for this position.