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GIS intern

IPIS is looking for a GIS intern for a period of 4 to 6 months, based in Antwerp. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and early applicants will be prioritised.

About IPIS:

The International Peace Information Service (IPIS) is an independent research institute providing tailored information, analysis and capacity enhancement to support those actors who want to realise a vision of durable peace, sustainable development and the fulfilment of human rights.

About the IPIS GIS team:

IPIS processes a lot of (geographic) information which it published in maps and reports. The GIS team – a small team of two to three people – assist the researchers in collecting, interpreting and visualising data in multiple projects. We help conceive and optimise the data workflow of the various projects IPIS is involved in. We’ve evolved to an Open Source and Open Data oriented modular system where there’s place for experiment and improvement, and try to balance that with finding synthesis and automation for our larger scale projects.

Your role:

You will be included in IPIS GIS team, providing support to different projects related to conflict analysis and natural resources good governance in sub-Sahara Africa. You will contribute to the management of IPIS’ geographic databases, support researcher in interpreting data and produce statistics, visualisations, web- and printed maps – all under the supervision of IPIS GIS colleagues. As IPIS is continually improving and streamlining its data management processes, you’ll also be encouraged to explore new ideas during your stay.

Technical skills:

  • GIS: Good experience with GIS software (e.g. QGIS).
  • Data analysis: knowledge in statistics, geospatial analysis, with some experience in a programming language such as R (dplyr, ggplot, Rshiny, etc.), Python or Julia is highly desirable.
  • Database management: some experience with PostgreSQL and PostGIS or similar. Experience with Open Data portals or (OGC) standards for data sharing is an asset.
  • Publication tools: InDesign or similar are an asset.
  • Web map programming: CSS, HTML, JavaScript libraries such as Leaflet, Mapbox JS and Mapbox GL JS, D3.js or similar are an asset.
  • Mobile Data Collection: experience with ODK, KoBo or similar is an asset.

Soft skills:

  • Work in a multilingual environment.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Enjoying learning from and teaching to your colleagues.
  • Interest for humanitarian action and principles.


Proficiency in English mandatory, French or Dutch an asset.

What we offer:

We offer an inspiring environment with knowledgeable researchers on natural resources, conflict mapping, arms trade, business and human rights and capacity enhancement. You will get the facilities and assistance to have a fruitful and enjoyable internship (laptop, IT support, administrative support, …).

A goodbye from our latest student assistants in the GIS and data Team

At the end of 2021, as part of a university course on peace research, I started diving into the history of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and its current production of minerals. During this research I came across IPIS and its Open Data Dashboard, which impressed me a lot. When I saw that there was a student job opportunity for the GIS

Alistair Steward

Shining a light on IPIS data – A goodbye from our latest GIS intern

With the world going into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, late March 2020 was perhaps not the optimum time to move to a new city and begin a six-month internship. My bewilderment was quickly alleviated: IPIS staff did a great job of welcoming me on to the team and provided training on various software

My GIS internship experience – a word of goodbye from our latest intern

It was early September when I started my internship at IPIS, but the story started way earlier. During my Master’s degree, I came across this research centre and used part of the extensive information it provides on artisanal mining and conflict in eastern DRC. Eventually, I ended up writing my thesis based on IPIS data.

My GIS internship experience – A goodbye from our latest intern

This summer I joined IPIS as a GIS intern between my first and second year of master and discovered a group of professionals whose work drive insights for decision-making and governance through research and technology. Walking into the building, I was warmly greeted by the staff and discovered the vast collection of books in the

Internships are unsalaried but living costs can be partly compensated according to your personal situation (food, transport, housing).

Duration and location:

We’re typically looking for an intern for a period of six months. The internship is based in IPIS office in Antwerp, Belgium. The successful candidate should have the right to work or study in the European Union.


To apply for this internship, please send a short email outlining your motivation and availability together with a recent CV to the GIS team at We will get back to you within two or three weeks after reception of your application.

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