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Vacancy: Student mentor Bachelor Security Studies

11 May 2021

Job Description

Covid-19 has changed the academic world permanently. That is why we were committed to offer extra support for our new students last year. Due to its success and high appreciation we’re continuing this support. Therefore, for the Bachelor Security Studies we are looking for enthusiastic and committed student mentors to familiarize first year bachelor’s students with university life, as well as studying and living in The Hague.

As a student mentor you will, together with another student mentor, supervise one group of approx. 50 first year students from Security Studies. You will act as a role model and a first point of contact for the members of your group. As it appeared that not all first year students needed extra support last year, we predict to have around 20 enthusiastic first year students in your group that are eager to connect with you, other students and the university. You will organise an online and offline programme focused on introducing students to Leiden University, creating social bonding and improving the wellbeing of the students. As a student mentor you will give tips and guidance on how to manage studying, exams, systems (such as Brightspace), educational culture, choices further down the programme, and student life.

 Profile of a student mentor

  • First-, second- or third-year bachelor student Security Studies with good study results and a strong affinity to their study programme;
  • Is motivated and enthusiastic;
  • Possesses good communication skills in both Dutch and English;
  • Has great organisational skills, online and offline;
  • Is empathetic and helpful;
  • Values inclusiveness and diversity;
  • Preferably has experience in guiding groups (e.g. teaching or training at sports associations);
  • Is enrolled at Leiden University – Institute of Security and Global Affairs;
  • Is available between 1 August 2021 and 1 January 2022, for 3 - 5 hours a week;
  • Legally able to work in the Netherlands;

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Organising and planning the mentor group meetings;
  • Preparing and chairing the mentor group meetings;
  • Motivating your mentor groups;
  • Answering practical questions from the group members;
  • Supporting your mentor groups with connecting to the study programme and faculty;
  • Motivating your mentor groups;
  • Point of contact for the students in your groups, if needed, refer them to the appropriate support, department or procedure.

What we offer

  • Training programme 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;
  • Compensation in accordance with the collective labour agreement of Leiden University, including holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus.

About the Institute of Security and Global Affairs

The Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) focuses on multidisciplinary research and education within the international scientific field of security studies.

The Institute analyses and studies issues in a coherent way from their local transnational, and global impact. ISGA operates from The Hague, the third major city of the Netherlands, center of national governance and International City of Peace, Justice and Security


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 Florine van Logtestijn (study coordinator BSc Security Studies) via f.e.y.van.logtestijn@fgga.leidenuniv.nl.


Do you recognize yourself in this profile and do the tasks excite you? Please apply for this vacancy by sending your motivation letter and resume to Florine van Logtestijn via f.e.y.van.logtestijn@fgga.leidenuniv.nl before May 25th, 2021. If we select you, the interviews will be held in the second week of June (between June 7th and June 11th).

Acquisition as a result of this advertisement is not appreciated.

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