Internship Vacancy

Centre for Innovation is looking for an intern to research trends in Skills & Employability

Contact: Niels van de Ven, Jesse van der Mijl
Project: Employability and Skills Development

Vacancy Description
The Centre for Innovation of Leiden University puts ‘People first in Innovation’. At the Centre, we research and develop innovative propositions that enhance students’ and professionals’ ability to prepare for future jobs. More concretely, we are looking for new and effective solutions that assess a person’s skills, activate their (intrinsically motivated) learning and support and facilitate their skills development.

In recent years, many approaches and (digital) applications have appeared in the realm of skills development and ‘life-long-learning’. We would like your help to conduct market research to develop a complete overview of these initiatives. It is important that when conducting this research you are able to differentiate between what is hype and what is productive innovation.

You will work as a full team member within a team of three, along with another 35, multidisciplinary colleagues at the Centre. This internship will allow you to have the freedom to design your own plan with support and guidance given when you need it. We think this will be a fun and beneficial assignment because you will not only learn about how the job market is changing and how people can prepare, you will also learn how to set up your own personal learning trajectory.

Who are you?

  • You are in your last year of your Bachelor or in your Master’s studies
  • You are interested in innovation in general, in the future of work and in the implications of innovation for the labour market and are eager to solve societal challenges that emerge with such a changing landscape
  • You are passionate about personal development, interested in developing your own skills and you have a learning mindset
  • You have a network within the Leiden University student community and you are  eager to test new ideas with them


  • Set up and execute market research of skills development methods, approaches, platforms and tools that can assist us to provide skills training for both students and professionals;  translate this research into an inventory of existing initiatives around skills assessment and development
  • Test these tools where possible and present reports on methodologies, creativity and effectiveness of these tools
  • Set up and execute trend research on technologies that influence the process of skills assessment, development, job matching and selection, and cross-check these with the technological capabilities of the Centre
  • Participate in the team’s weekly flow of researching the subject of ‘employability’ and skills development and contribute to what we know (gain knowledge and track your findings in our research and development process)


  • A presentation (channel open for discussion) of both the market and trends pieces of research mentioned above (possibly integrated)
  • A fit/gap analysis with the Centre’s technological competencies and a suggestion for the Centre’s strategy on these competencies for the coming years
  • Along the way, publish or present crucial insights in blogs or other forms of publication
  • A contribution to the team’s body of knowledge in terms of digesting content, conducting and reporting on interviews and use your creativity when translating this knowledge into new ideas

Skills & Knowledge needed

  • You are able to digest large amounts of information and know how to distinguish quality from mediocre content; you know how to translate information into insights and you are able to present these
  • You are eager to test tools, platforms and methods and you have an appetite to see how things really work under the surface
  • You are able to work independently and know when to ask for help – at the same time you like to work in collaboration and are not afraid to speak your mind
  • Your English is qualitative in both speaking and writing

Time & Period (open for discussion) 

  • 20 – 28 hours/week
  • 4 – 6 Months, starting 1st of September

What’s in it for you?

  • Work in a fast-paced and collaborative innovation team
  • Gain experience which strengthens your resume and helps you decide if the field is interesting for you;
  • Set your own learning objectives and develop your personal and professional skills;
  • Look at global digital trends from a new perspective.
  • You will receive an internship compensation of around 450 euro per month (based on full time employment and depending on your experience and year of study).

About the Centre for Innovation
The Centre for Innovation (CFI) is a think- and do-tank of Leiden University which works as an innovation accelerator in the areas of learning, living and working. The mission of the Centre for Innovation is to identify and explore transformative trends in a digital world, creating innovative methods, products and solutions for Leiden University and its partners. We are a group of interdisciplinary experts, designers and developers with a vision to put people first in innovation.

Please submit your application no later than 1 August 2019 to Applicants should submit online a letter of interest accompanied by a cv. Internal candidates will, in the event of equivalent suitability, be given preference over external candidates.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Questions about the position can be made to Jesse van der Mijl at