A research-oriented internship - if possible abroad - is a compulsory component of your Master’s programme, culminating in a Master's thesis. It gives you an opportunity to conduct substantial, fieldwork-based individual research on a chosen international development topic, in collaboration with a partner organization. This will give you a deeper understanding of development practices and theories; and it will greatly enhance your research skills, transferable, and intercultural skills. You have to conduct at least 13 weeks (between February and May) of uninterrupted fieldwork; most students do this in a location in the Global South. Research may also take place in the Netherlands / Europe, yet it always consists of extensive empirical fieldwork related to the global flows and the international development sector. The research-oriented internship and thesis will be supervised by an IDS programme supervisor.