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Vacancy: Student Mentor – Master Public Administration

16 July 2020

Covid-19 has changed the academic world drastically and FGGA is preparing to offer mostly remote education from September 2020 until January 2021. We think it is very important to guide our new first-year bachelor’s and master’s students in familiarising with their programme, fellow students, student life, our staff, and the city. Therefore, we focus on extra support for our new students. Would you like to help us and act as a student mentor? We are looking for enthusiastic and helpful student mentors for our master’s programme in Public Administration to guide our first-year master’s students to help them familiarise with the study programme, the university and the city of The Hague.

As a student mentor, you will supervise the new master’s students of your specialisation of Public Administration: Economics & Governance, International & European Governance or Public Management & Leadership. You are a first point of contact for your group, providing one-on-one mentoring where necessary. In addition, you organise introductory and informative activities (online and where possible offline), specialisation-related meetings, organisation visits and other events. You inform them on the educational facilities and systems, but also student wellbeing initiatives and career services. You will coordinate your activities with the specialisation coordinator, whom you will support where necessary. You also maintain close contacts and work together with the student mentors of the other specialisations and masters within the faculty, the student members of the programme committee of the masters (MOLC) and the study association B.I.L.

Profile of a student mentor:

Current master’s student of Public Administration or current bachelor’s student of Public Administration who will start with this master from September 2020 who:

  • Possesses strong communication skills and acts diplomatically and with integrity;
  • Presents himself as helpful, accessible and flexible to fellow students;
  • Is preferably experienced in guiding groups (e.g. teaching or training);
  • Has strong organisational skills, online and offline;
  • Values inclusiveness and diversity; 
  • Is enrolled at Leiden University until 1 February 2021;
  • Is available for 4 - 6 hours a week between 1 September 2020 and 1 February 2021;
  • Is prepared to frequently travel to The Hague to organise and participate in activities on location;
  • Is legally able to work in the Netherlands.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Organising and planning meetings and events for students, possibly in cooperation with other departments within the faculty;
  • Inform students on educational facilities and systems, important rules and other practical information;
  • Support the specialisation coordinator;
  • Help students connect to the study programme, faculty and university;
  • Answer students’ questions and refer students if necessary;
  • Draw attention to student wellbeing and career preparation;
  • Maintain close contacts with other student mentors, the student members and the study association.

What we offer:

  • Training in which you learn competences in leadership;
  • Responsibility and experience in mentoring groups;
  • Access to a network of student mentors who can support and learn from each other; 
  • Financial compensation in accordance with the collective labour agreement of Leiden University, including holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus. 


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


For more information about this vacancy, please contact Lisette van Putten, project manager Mentor/Tutor system FGGA, l.h.a.van.putten@fgga.leidenuniv.nl.


Do you recognize yourself in this profile and do the tasks excite you? Please apply for this vacancy by sending the following.

  • Your cv (if available with a link to your LinkedIn profile)
  • A video of maximum 2 minutes, in which you; 
    • introduce yourself as you would to your group of fellow students.
    • pitch an activity, e.g. in the field of student wellbeing or career preparation, that you want to organise the coming semester.
    • explain how you would organise your activities programme and motivate your students to attend. 

Send you application before 20 July 2020 stating your name, student number and study programme to l.h.a.van.putten@fgga.leidenuniv.nl.

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