The internship is an essential component of the Master’s programme in which you make your first steps as a scientist practitioner within the field of neuropsychology.  You will apply scientific knowledge in a professional environment and will further develop yourself into a clinical practitioner. During the internship you learn to relate theory to practice, acquire new skills, and learn how to reflect on yourself and your personal development.  

We apply a 'bring your own' policy, which means that you are responsible for finding an internship placement yourself. It is essential that you start looking for a suitable internship in time. The following information may be helpful. 

What are my options?

Before you start looking for an internship you need to know what your options are. Read the requirements and different options carefully.

When should I start looking for an internship? 

You can start your internship either in the first or second semester. We strongly advise Dutch students to begin the internship immediately in September (the first semester). You can also start in the second semester, but from experience we know that placements at that time are scarce and the competition is fierce. Internships abroad should be scheduled in the second semester, after the coursework has been completed.

It is vital that you start looking for a clinical internship position in time; preferably as early as January or February before the start of the programme. Note that you have to be (conditionally) admitted to the Master’s programme before you start searching for a clinical internship. You can apply for a clinical internship up to six months after the start of the Master's programme. If you haven’t found a clinical internship after six months, applying for an innovation internship is mandatory.

How do I find an internship?  

As mentioned before, you are responsible for obtaining a suitable place to conduct your internship. English-language internships are very scarce in the Netherlands and if you do not master the Dutch language sufficiently you are urged to find a suitable place for doing your internship in your home country.   

The following steps may be helpful in the search for an internship:

Internship abroad? Register in OSIRIS

If you want to do an internship abroad, you must register your stay in OSIRIS. More information about the registration procedure can be found on the Study abroad page.

Do you have any questions?

If you have any questions left after reading this information, please contact the Master’s coordinator prof. dr. C. Dijkerman ( or the clinical internship coordinator via