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Job vacancy: Student mentor – Master of Public Administration

15 May 2024

Job description

For the Master Public Administration, we are looking for enthusiastic and committed student mentors to familiarise new master’s students with university life, as well as studying and living in The Hague. The student mentor is responsible for building a student community within and across their respective specialisations; Economics and Governance, International and European Governance and Public Management and Leadership.

You are a first point of contact for the new cohort of (pre-)master's students. You organise activities to familiarise students and help them feel welcome, but also specialisation-related meetings, social gatherings and other events. You inform them on the educational facilities and systems, student wellbeing and career preparation. You will also represent your specialisation in information and recruitment activities.

You will coordinate your activities with the community manager and specialisation coordinator. You 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.


  • Active registration for the Master Public Administration from (at least) September 2024,
  • Contagiously enthusiastic to connect students to each other and the programme, faculty and university (community building),
  • Good communication skills and command of English,
  • Organisationally and digitally competent,
  • Works independently and takes initiative,
  • Empathetic and helpful towards fellow students,
  • Values inclusiveness and diversity,
  • Available between 1 September 2024 and 31 January 2025 for approx. 5 hours per week,
  • Willing to participate in trainings provided by ICLON and faculty, and
  • Legally able to work in the Netherlands (you need Dutch healthcare insurance).

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Motivate your students and connect them to the programme, faculty and university,
  • First point of contact for practical and other questions from your mentor group,
  • Plan regular contact moments with your mentor group,
  • Refer students to relevant support, department, or procedure,
  • Offer study-related and social activities based on students’ needs, and
  • Organise events in cooperation with internal and external relations, e.g., on career and thesis.

We offer:

  • Training programme in which you learn leadership competences,
  • Responsibility and experience in mentoring groups,
  • Becoming part of a network of student mentors who can support and learn from each other,
  • Supervision from a study adviser from the Institute of Public Administration,
  • Compensation in accordance with the collective labour agreement of Leiden University, including holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus

About the Institute of Public Administration

The Institute of Public Administration is one of the largest and oldest institutes of academic research and teaching in the field of public administration in the Netherlands and is located in The Hague. The institute combines a solid international academic reputation with a central positioning among the international, national, regional and local governance institutions of The Hague.


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 Charlotte Rosalie, community manager, c.m.l.rosalie@fgga.leidenuniv.nl.


Do you recognise yourself in this profile and are you excited to take on these tasks? Please apply to this vacancy with:

  • your CV (if available with a link to your LinkedIn profile), and
  • a video clip of max. two minutes in which you:
    o present yourself as you would to your future mentor students, and
    o pitch one or two ideas for mentorship activities.

Submit your application with your name, student number and specialisation before 11 June 2024 to c.m.l.rosalie@fgga.leidenuniv.nl.

Acquisition as a result of this advertisement is not appreciated.

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