Opportunities for (MA) students in a research project by Radboud University, the Netherlands (Anthropology and Development Studies) in collaboration with Danish-based NGO platform CISU – Civil Society in Development


Looking for an opportunity to contribute to an ongoing research project by doing a research internship? Continue reading about an interesting research project with opportunities for (MA) students.


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We are looking for an enthusiastic, dedicated research intern (master student or recent master graduate) that wants to contribute to a European study on the role of northern based small(er) scale, voluntary development organisations, initiated by ‘ordinary citizens’ to actively contribute to the fight against poverty, inequality and exclusion in countries in the global south. We refer to these organisations as Private Development Initiatives (PDIs) or, in the international context, Citizen Initiatives for Global Solidarity (CIGS).


In our current study, named ‘CIGS in Europe’, we aim to obtain a deepened understanding of the role of CIGS in the global south (e.g., partnerships, sustainability, exit strategies). The research is being conducted in close cooperation with several CIGS support organisations, such as CISU in Denmark.


The study is open to highly qualified and motivated students interested in participating in various stages of the research project (e.g. field work preparation, data collection in Denmark, other European countries and/or potentially in the Global South, and data analysis). It is possible to write a master thesis based on the internship. The internship takes place between February 2023 and June 2023 (or what is possible in relation to your university structure).


If you want to apply, write us a brief letter (in English) describing your interest in the project (including your availability) and your C.V. You can send this to the research coordinator ( and contact person at CISU ( Suitable candidates will be invited for an interview with Radboud University and CISU during which their motivation and qualifications will be discussed and ways for cooperation will be explored. We are interested in applications from both Danish students, as well as international students based in Denmark.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Literature search / web search
  • Practical support (e.g., scheduling meetings, transcribing interviews, taking minutes)
  • Collecting qualitative data (e.g., interviewing)
  • Processing and analysing qualitative data


We are looking for candidates that:

  • Have knowledge of and experience with qualitative research (e.g. holding interviews) in an international/multi-cultural setting
  • Are very good at working independently
  • Are proactive
  • Has excellent active working knowledge of English (writing and speaking). Danish can be an advantage but is not a requirement. Active working knowledge of French is an advantage.
  • Have (nearly) finished their master thesis in a related field (e.g., anthropology, development studies, sociology)


What’s in it for you?

  • The opportunity to further develop your research skills
  • Being part of an enthusiastic (research) team, working in an international setting
  • The opportunity to take ownership of your tasks and responsibilities
  • Coverage of travel costs and housing during fieldwork (by CISU)
  • Remote working as well as office space at CISU (in Aarhus) if needed



  • Duration: three or four months (February 2022 – May 2023) or what is possible in relation to your university structure
  • Working hours: 3-4 days per week
  • Willingness to travel within Denmark and abroad (to other European countries and/or potentially to countries in the Global South)


Interested candidates can apply before December 7th. Suitable candidates are invited for an interview in week 50 (December 12th-16th).