IBR Executive Board Recruitment

IBR Executive Board Recruitment

Application deadline: 20th of February, 12:00 noon

International Business Research is a project run by students of the EBF and the University of Groningen. During the project, students conduct research for Dutch companies in two growing economies outside of Europe. The entire project consists of two parallel projects; there are two separate groups and two separate boards, each consisting of 5 board members and a group of participants. After a year of preparation, you will travel to the country of destination to conduct research for 5 weeks and thereafter travel for another 5 weeks.

In the past, IBR has travelled to countries such as South Africa, India, China, Thailand, Brazil, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Argentina. Last year, we chose Indonesia and Mexico as our destinations. Every year, the Executive Board decides upon their own destination based on several criteria and in close collaboration with other relevant parties.

A board year with IBR offers you a unique opportunity to gain international research experience, get into contact with (international) companies, boost your CV, meet a lot of new people and participate in lots of social activities.


You will be the general contact person of the EBF, the faculty and the foundation IBR. Thereby, you will keep an overview of the project in which you are responsible for the teambuilding and motivation of the fellow board members. During (double) board meetings and advisory board meetings, you will be the leader of the discussion in which you have to present the project. Thereby, you will spend at least 50% of your time on acquisition.

Vice-Chairman & Treasurer


As vice-chairman, your first responsibility is the selection of two supervising professors of the university. In September, you will start with the recruitment of participants in cooperation with the PR & travel coordinator. During the preparation phase, you will be the key contact person of the participants. As part of that, you will organize guest lectures and coordinate and organize workshops/lectures for the participants. In February, the selection of the new Executive Boards will take place. And in addition, you have to take over tasks from the chairman when needed and you will support the externals with the acquisition.


As a treasurer, you have to take care of the budget on which the project price will be based. Thereby, you are responsible for having an overview of all financial matters, sending out invoices and processing incoming invoices, keeping the financial administration up to date and reporting to the foundation of IBR.

PR & Travel Logistics

Open for non-Dutch speaking students


At the beginning of the project, you will develop the acquisition material and all promotional materials (flyers, brochures, social media). In September, you will support the vice-chairman with the participant selection for which you have to arrange all the promotion. Additionally, one of your main tasks is the online marketing. You will create and keep the website up to date, and you take care of the social media and publications in magazines and websites. In addition, you will support the externals with the acquisition.

Travel Logistics

As the person responsible for the travel logistics, you are responsible for contacting foreign universities in order to set up the Local Student Consultant project. Thereby, you have to take care of all travel needs and you are responsible for the entire travel schedule. Therefore, you need an accurate overview of the country of destination (possible activities, transport, universities, hospitals etc.) and during the period abroad you are responsible for the ‘’well-being’’ of the group.

External Relations I & II

Your main task is contracting companies for the project. In the beginning, you will start with composing and contacting the advisory board. You will visit seminars and network events to acquire contacts, visit companies and write research proposals. As External Relations you are also responsible for the quality of the research projects and you will therefore oversee the research couples. Furthermore the acquisition ‘couple’ is responsible for the last research contract.

Rose – Chairman Myanmar & Thailand 2018: After studying abroad in Indonesia as part of my bachelor International Business, I wanted to explore more of the world while simultaneously learning more about my own fields of interest. Being part of the IBR board offers you the opportunity to gain practical experience and put your academic knowledge and skills into action. As chairman of the IBR board you are the representative of the project and you will be the contact person for the advisory board and the EBF. Moreover, your job is to ensure every member of the board is able to fulfill their function well. Besides, a lot of your time is spent helping the externals to obtain all the research contracts. In order to do so, you will spent a lot of time visiting firms and speaking to many interesting people who will share their knowledge and network with you. Your sales skills will also develop significantly during the year.

Rosemarie – Vice-Chairman & Treasurer China 2018: The perfect combination of professional, social and international activities was my main drive for applying for IBR. All the theoretical knowledge was finally put into practice by managing different teams and contacting many different companies. As vice-chairman, you are responsible for mainly all internal relations within IBR. You will select the professors and participants, you organize trainings for them and you make sure to keep the positive vibe in the group. Besides being a vice-chairman, as a treasurer you are responsible for all financial transactions. All in all, the diverse tasks of being a vice-chairman & treasurer is something I really enjoyed and by which I gained valuable skills for the rest of my career.

Carli – PR & Travel Logistics Myanmar & Thailand 2018: During my exchange at Corvinus University, I followed courses in the field of (online) marketing and technology management. When I returned to Groningen, I was looking for an opportunity to apply my knowledge while at the same time develop new skills. What I love about the Public Relations & Travel Logistics position is that it is highly diverse. You are responsible for all promotion material, involved with the entire selection process of the participants, calling companies and of course responsible for the organization of the field trip. Overall, this year has been extremely fruitful. I learned a lot personally as well as professionally and the experience as a whole exceeded my expectations.

Yannick – External Relations China 2018: During my exchange in Hong Kong in the third year of my bachelor International Business, I decided to apply for the IBR board. At the time, I was still uncertain about what master I wanted to and this was the perfect opportunity to gain more practical experience in the field of business. The function external relations allows you to extend your professional network and enhance your acquisition skills. Personally, I really enjoyed the meetings with our advisory board. This is a very diverse group of business people that are very willing to share their knowledge and network. The fact that IBR lets you develop you professionally, in combination with all the social activities during the year, is what makes IBR such a great project.

March – April 2019: Choice of destination and finding supervising professors

May – July 2019: Composing the advisory board and the board of recommendations

July – August 2019: Creating the acquisition brochure and first PR-material, setting the budget

September 2019 – March 2020: Acquiring research contracts and preparing for the trip (including meetings with the advisory board)

October 2019: Selection of participants

April – June 2019: Field research and travelling


The new board will be announced in the beginning of March. From March onwards, the project will take approximately 5-20 hours depending on your position. In August, a fulltime board year will start in which the workload intensifies. The project lasts over a year and the trip will take place in April, May and June.

If you wish to become an IBR board member you:

  • Must be a student at the Faculty of Economics and Business; both Dutch, international (the function PR & Travel Logistics is open for non-Dutch speaking students), Bachelor, Master or Pre-Master
  • Must be available part-time from March onwards, and full-time from August/September on
  • Must have at least 90 ECTS

To apply, you will have to hand in (in twofold and written in English) the following documents hard-copy at one of the IBR Rooms (see contact):

  • An application letter in which you explain your motivation to apply for the IBR project
  • Your curriculum vitae (including student number)
  • 1 photo of yourself (printed is sufficient)
  • Your two preferred board positions with motivation

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In the last week of February and the month March the selection procedure will take place, it consists of three parts: making a general research case, a function specific case and a personal interview. In the middle of March we will announce the selected participants of IBR 2020!

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