Students

Representing a perfect chance to put academic theory into working practice, internships are the perfect opportunity to better come to grips with your talents, skills and abilities and to explore the practical value of your university education. Internships not only serve as a vital link between academic study and the labour market, but offer many other advantages, including:

  • Invaluable practical experience, gained, for instance, from taking part in an actual selection procedure or the daily operations of a company;
  • Increased appeal of your CV – previous working experience is a great way to draw the eye of prospective employers;
  • Better employment prospects – after graduation, many students work for their former internship provider;
  • New networking contacts of benefit both during your studies and after graduation.
Tips
Contracts and insurance

Utrecht University has a standard agreement for students with a EU/EAA, Swiss or Surinam nationality.

For non-EU/EEA student Nuffic has a standard agreement which you can use to settle the essential points around your internship.

More information: Contracts and insurance.

Internships abroad

More and more students choose to do a research or practical internship abroad. Be aware: an internship abroad requires a lot of preparation. Read more about what else you need to organise for an internship abroad.

Also keep in mind that you need to register in Osiris:

  • Go to www.uu.nl/osirisstudent
  • Click on the tab 'abroad'
  • Go to 'new request'
  • Choose 'internship/(field)research/other stay abroad'

Once you have submitted your registration, be sure to inform your internship coordinator of this by email. 

Internship and disability

Students with a disability may face more difficult challenges in finding an appropriate internship. Fortunately, a growing number of companies are aware of the needs of this group of student interns and are taking steps to make it easier for this target group to complete internships. Please bear in mind that it may take longer to find an appropriate internship.

For information on internships with a functional limitation, you can visit the websites:

  • Expertise Centrum Handicap + Studie:
    Expertise centre for studying with a disability for such resources as the Stagewijzer (‘Guide to Internships’) in Dutch.  If you are considering studying abroad, this website also includes everything you need to know to ensure that preparations go smoothly.
  • If you are looking for a subsidy scheme in support of an international internship, visit the Nuffic website.
Internships and student athletes

Student athletes may face more difficult challenges in finding an appropriate internship. Fortunately, a growing number of companies are aware of the needs of this group of student interns and are taking steps to make it easier for this target group to complete internships (e.g. flexible working hours and a longer internship duration).

Medical programme
If you are combining a Utrecht University medical programme with a sports career ask your student advisor whether you are eligible for a declaration to minimise the distance you have to commute to your internship post (known in Dutch as a ‘dichtbijverklaring’). This document will, for instance, enable you to serve as a junior house officer at a hospital in your place of study or where you train.

Goud op de Werkvloer
If you are looking for a company interested in people with current or previous experience with international‑level sports, the Dutch Olympic Committee*Dutch Sports Federation (NOC*NSF), Stichting Sport & Zaken (sports and business foundation) and the staffing and recruitment firm Randstad have joined forces to implement the Goud op de Werkvloer initiative to offer student atlethes the opportunity to gain relevant work experience – whether during or after their career in sports – at companies and organisations who understand and are amenable to the issues they face.

For more information go to Randstad.nl.

Step-by-step plan for organising an internship

An extensive step-by-step plan for internships can be found on the main pages of the student website. Here you can also find general tips about finding an internship placement and useful links.

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