During an internship you will gain practical experience by, for instance, working at a company or government agency active in Earth Sciences or participating in scientific research.

(Not) compulsory

An internship is in most cases not compulsory, but can definitely help you to get a feeling for actual professional practice. An internship is compulsory if your personal programme focuses on a career outside the academic world (management and society, communications and education). Many employers appreciate experience gained in an organisation.


Arranging  your internship is a thing you have to do yourself, but your thesis supervisor can help you find one. Also talk to students who have already done an intership or contact other lecturers active in the direction of your interest. Or check this list with projects that are available at this moment on BlackBoard, Master Earth Sciences Internship. And check the site of U.A.V.


You also have to find a lecturer who can act as supervisor.

Career Services Internship Listings

You could also check the Career Services Internship Listings to see if any of the internships interest you. Companies and organisations looking for interns from the university's various academic programmes often post their vacancies with us.

These internships are not available as part of your curriculum and do not contribute to the requirements of your academic programme, but they are great opportunities to gain work experience and expand your network.

Your internship needs to meet certain conditions:

  • Is it of academic level? You are assigned a task for which you will need the knowledge and capabilities that you’ve acquired in the past years.
  • Is there a clearly identifiable ‘deliverable’, something your Utrecht University supervisor can evaluate? Often this concerns a report or a publication but it may also consist of, for exampe, a piece of software.
  • Will you receive sufficient supervision during your internship?
  • The duration is between three and six months. Longer is possible but you cannot ask for more than 30 credits (1 credit equals 28 h of work).
  • A complete internship proposal is available before the start of the internship (see below).

Please note that you should never accept an internship without prior approval. You should send your internship proposal to your internal supervisor and subsequently to your programme’s internship coordinator Rob Govers (r.govers@uu.nl), who will submit it to the Board of Examiners. If you wish to combine your internship with your final research project, you also need to ask the Master’s coordinator for approval. The form for the internship proposal points out which information it should contain. You’ll find the form on on BlackBoard, Master Earth Sciences Internship. The description of the taks you have to perform should make apparant these will be of academic level. Give also an explanation of the expected results, the ‘deliverables’.

When your internship is finished your external and University supervisor will assess it, by use of the assesment form. You’ll find this form on on BlackBoard, Master Earth Sciences Internship.

Read the internship guideline for more information.