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Vacancy: student member of the Programme Board of the Institute of Political Science

12 May 2022

An insightful and engaging opportunity

Dear Political Science student,

The Programme Board of the Institute of Political Science seeks a new student-member for the 2022-2023 academic year. This is an important position; the student-member is responsible for representing students’ interests and perspectives within the institute’s governance. The current student-member describes it as “an insightful and engaging opportunity to learn about administration and voice student interests.”

The student-member works for 6 hours per week for the Institute. This position runs from 1 September 2022 to 31 August 2023. Proficiency in the Dutch language is preferred but not required. In case you do not understand Dutch, you will be responsible for interpreting Dutch documents yourself. Below you will find more details on this position and the application procedure.

As a student member, you will attend board meetings and reflect from a student perspective on everything that has to do with education and teaching. In addition, you will form the link between the Institute and students, while working together with other students at the Institute and Faculty level in order to safeguard the interests of all Bachelor and Master students at our Institute.

Overview of tasks

  • Participate in weekly or bi-weekly Board meetings
  • Participate in the (faculty-level) Student Programme Boards Consultation (1x per month)
  • Organise and conduct elections for the BSc and MSc Programme Committees (OLCs)
  • Keep in touch with the student members of the Programme Committees (OLCs)
  • Participate as a student member in the selection/hiring committees of new teaching staff


  • You must be registered as a student during the 2022-2023 academic year in one of the Bachelor specialisations (Political Science, IP or IRO) or one of the Master specialisations of the Institute of Political Science.
  • You are consistently available throughout the academic year and do not have any extended travel plans, such as a study abroad.
  • You can work with both Dutch and English documents.
  • You can maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information and documents that are shared within the board.
  • You are flexibly available for ad hoc consultation and decision-making. In the 2022-2023 academic year, Monday afternoons are in principle reserved for board meetings.
  • You are prepared to travel between Leiden and The Hague for meetings and maintain a relationship with various bodies of the Faculty. Any travel costs made between Leiden and The Hague will be reimbursed.

Apply before 3 June 2022

If you are enthusiastic and motivated to take up this position from 1 September, apply now! Send a short motivation letter (max 1 A4) and your CV to the current student member, Arianna Pearlstein (studentlid.pol@fsw.leidenuniv.nl), no later than 2 June 2022, 23:59. You can also contact the current student member via this e-mail address for questions about the position.

On behalf of the Programme Board,
Arianna Pearlstein

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