People & Culture (HR) Intern at Copenhagen International School


Who are we, and what can we offer you?

Located right on the water in Nordhavn (just steps from the metro) and covered in solar panels, Copenhagen International School is a custom built, state-of-the-art facility providing a fantastic learning center for 900 students and nearly 200 staff from over 80 countries.Founded in 1963, we have the mission to educate champions of a just and sustainable world by providing world-class international education to students from pre-K through high school.

We pride ourselves on providing a fantastic learning environment that builds community with our families and our employees. To help us with that, we are looking for interns who are innovative and passionate about supporting the future through education, and who want to join various leaders of the school on a series of impactful projects and tasks. We are willing to customize the position to support the right learning and development for you and your future career ambitions.

We promise to provide an opportunity to develop your professional skills, from project management to communication, in a professional educational environment - we are not your typical “folkeskole”! You will receive on-the-job training from appropriate members of the leadership/tactical team, as well as coaching and mentoring from the Head of People & Culture.

So if you’re interested in getting real responsibility and a dynamic environment to learn and create, and if you have a positive, curious mindset and are able to see opportunities others might not, we look forward to hearing from you.

What are we looking for in an intern?

The HR intern’s role can be scoped depending on the candidate, but below you can read some of the initiatives we are kick-starting this year. People & Culture initiatives are a new focus for CIS, and this role might therefore expand depending on your interests and qualifications. Two of the key initiatives are onboarding and employee engagement.

Onboarding: Every year, we recruit new colleagues from around the globe. Your task will be to optimize the onboarding procedures for the various types of hires we have: International hires, Local hires, and Mid-School-year hires. How can we create a process that meets their needs, helps them get integrated into Denmark and the school faster, and creates connections? How can this program run sustainably in the future? This could have an IT element to it as well as we expect to start a procurement process for a new HR system.

Employee Engagement: What does it take to make an employee thrive? We are in the process of analysing the existing employee environment and will be embarking on an exciting journey to improve the workplace culture for the benefit of our employees. Are you able to think outside the box? Are you willing to make things happen? Are you good at sparring? Do you want a chance to turn ideas into reality? Are you able to take charge and manage your own areas of responsibility? Do you want to learn about HR, people development, etc.? This role will likely expand/evolve depending on your interest and experiences.

This is an open-ended opportunity for a candidate who wants hands-on experience to learn about HR.

Other requirements

  • This is expected to be a full time, fixed-term position, but with full flexibility to accommodate your school commitments. The start date can also be negotiated but it should be in the 2021-22 school year.
  • As it is an academic internship, this position is suitable for students currently studying for a Bachelor or Master's degree in Denmark, and aside from a small monthly stipend, it is unpaid.
  • Excellent English language skills
  • Experience (or interest) in collaborating with people from a variety of different cultures and backgrounds
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with various stakeholders
  • Willingness to work hard to turn ideas into a reality
  • A go-getter who enjoys coming up with new ideas and seeing them through
  • We aren’t seeking a specific educational background; instead we trust that if you find the role interesting and relevant to help build your own skills for your academic studies and future career, then you might be the right person and we therefore encourage you to apply.

We strive to create a win-win opportunity for the right candidate, where we help provide a great working experience for you to develop yourself, and where you have the chance to contribute in a very hands-on way to our school.

We are also seeking an IT Optimization Intern, Event Management & Communications Intern, and a Design Specialist Intern - these are posted separately.

Ready to apply?

Please send your CV to Stephanie Lynge, Head of People & Culture ( by the 25th of October, along with a cover letter letting us know why you are applying. Applications will be reviewed continuously so we reserve the right to close the recruitment process early if we find the right person.

Consider sharing the following with us in your cover letter:

  • What unique or special talent do you have that you would like us to know about you?
  • What particular area do you wish to develop in yourself via an internship?