Communication Intern, International Affairs, Department Trimbos International

Communication Intern, International Affairs, Department Trimbos International

The Trimbos Institute has a vacancy for an

Communication Intern, International Affairs, Department Trimbos International

36 hours per week

This position is aimed at a current Masters student who is interested in developing a career in health communication and policy, and is keen on learning about ways of working with in public (mental) health and addiction care, to acquire a comprehensive understanding of working in communication in and for an international health policy organization, to gain a basic understanding of graphic design, and to become familiarized with project management.


Enrolled in a Master’s degree in International Health or Public Health; Bachelor’s in social sciences or communications; Fluent in English and Dutch, other languages considered as an asset; Good graphic design skills; Excellent writing skills in English are required and must be demonstrated through prior writing samples/publications/reports; A ‘can-do’ attitude and strong interpersonal skills.

Main responsibilities

  • Support the Junior Professional and the administrative staff with communication and outreach tasks;
  • Develop templates and consistent ways of communicating for the Trimbos International team
  • Maintain the Trimbos English-language website;
  • Act as rapporteur during various in-house meetings;
  • Contribute to writing of technical briefings, reports, etc., as needed;
  • Provide technical support with the organisation of international events and meetings organised by the Trimbos;
  • Carry out basic research tasks such as brief literature reviews; and
  • Be responsive to ad-hoc and emerging work responsibilities, including research tasks.


  • Hands’ on learning of research, communication, and project skills;
  • Opportunities for academic writing in the form of journal articles and reports;
  • Formal and informal mentoring from the Trimbos International team on research, implementation, policy development, and project management;
  • Access to career and personal development events and meetings;
  • Flexible and collegial working environment;
  • Freedom to develop your own small projects;
  • Internationally-oriented colleagues from many different countries; and
  • Advice and support for applications for future educational opportunities in the Netherlands and abroad.

Conditions of employment

This is a full-time position for six to nine months. Part-time will be considered in special circumstances. 


For more information about the vacancy, please contact Bethany Hipple Walters, Health Services Researcher, Department Trimbos International. Please send your application (CV and cover letter) in English to, with subject title “communication internship”

Additional Information

This position is limited to those who can legally work in the Netherlands. No assistance with obtaining a work visa can be provided at this time.

Organization Description 

The Trimbos Institute conducts research on issues related to mental health and addiction. The experts at the Trimbos Institute put research findings into practice to support policymakers, educators, and professionals who provide mental health and addiction services.  The Trimbos Institute develops, implements, and disseminates a full range of information, research findings, and policy advice on mental illness, addictions, recreational drugs, and alcohol for a diverse set of stakeholders, such as clients, caregivers, service providers, decision makers, and the general public. This information includes health education information, academic reports and journal articles, training manuals and courses for healthcare professionals, and guidelines for policymakers.  Researchers and specialists from Trimbos work according to disease management models, centering on collaborative, client-centered, evidence-based, coordinated care. The Trimbos Institute focuses on monitoring, prevention, and treatment, and on the quality and organization of care.