Internships & Placements

Work Placement Scheme

All IMSISS students have the opportunity to apply for a work placement via the programme’s Work Placement Scheme.

There are two kinds of placement on the IMSISS programme. Skills-based internships providing students with work-based learning during either a student’s first or second year, and provide a intensive understanding of a particular organisation and sector’s work.

Collaborative research placements are longer relationships between student and placement host, and directly frame and inform the student’s independent study. These enable their host organisation to determine the research topic of their dissertation and collaborate with a student’s dissertation supervisor, as students work remotely on the research for the organisation before taking up an in-situ placement usually in the student’s second year.

Both placements can provide students with publication records, consolidate existing knowledge and abilities, or develop new skills and networks, expanding their ability to enter their careers successfully.

Applying for a Placement

IMSISS students apply on a competitive basis in their first year for a placement that will occur in either their first or second year, or both. We do not guarantee that all applicants will be successfully placed and students are welcome to identify and obtain their own placement or internship opportunities throughout the degree, in lieu of or in addition to our work placement scheme.

What sector our placement providers are in

Placement provider location

Benefits of placements for students

 Placements offer students a diverse range of experiences in relation to a variety of world cultures, working environments and geopolitical contexts.

What do our placement providers say?

The George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies is a leading international institution for education and research on the rapidly evolving European and Eurasian security environment. It is one of five U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Regional Centers, and the only bilateral Center—a partnership between the U.S. DoD and the German Federal Ministry of Defense (FMoD). The highly-respected Global Go To Think Tank Index Report has consistently recognized the Marshall Center to be among the Top 25 Best Regional Studies Centers in the world and the Top 100 Defense and National Security Think Tanks in the world. 

Interns play an important role at the George C. Marshall Center’s College of International and Security Studies. They are encouraged to collaborate on papers or projects with other interns and faculty as well as attend and take an active role in George C. Marshall Center courses, seminars and lectures. We hope that interns will further their knowledge in their respective research fields and immerse themselves not only in the greater college community, but also connect with our Alumni who are security practitioners from all over the world.  

Gianna Schuck CPT DEUAF, Internship Coordinator, College of International Security Studies, George C. Marshall Center

Hosting IMSISS students for their industry placements has been a highly beneficial experience for our academics, the department as a whole, and for the students. During their time with us, IMSISS students have worked on projects as diverse as investigating online far-right extremist social media accounts, creating prison deradicalization campaigns, and reporting on the naval arms race in the Asia-Pacific. IMSISS students have been instrumental in the government-sponsored research that we do, and have left Australia with new skills, experiences, and networks. The students have been of extremely high quality and have contributed greatly to our academic seminars and life in the Faculty. We look forward to hosting them into the future. 

Julian Droogan, Associate Professor of Terrorism Studies, Director of Research and Innovation, Department of Security Studies and Criminology, Macquarie University

Other Placement, Internship & Traineeship Opportunities

Masters students recognise the importance of making connections outside the classroom. Work Placements, Internships and Traineeships provide students the opportunity to expand their skills, network with professionals and make an impact in their field.

The University of Glasgow Careers Service hosts an internship hub which provides a list of UK-based opportunities.

A list of organisations that offer internships and placements in the Czech Republic can be found HERE.

Consortium partners actively seek internships for our students.  Any opportunities which become available are passed on to students and will be notified to IMSISS students via the programme Moodle site.

Students may also like to explore opportunities and information provided on the following Erasmus-related links:

Erasmus Intern

Erasmus Programme Internships

Erasmus+ Traineeships