Note that you can only start your graduation trajectory after you have successfully completed at least 25 EC from semester I!
Your internship will provide you with a great opportunity to become acquainted with the work field of Gender Studies and to gain concrete professional experience. The MA Gender Studies puts great emphasis and care on students' internships. Students find the opportunity to do their internship in a variety of (inter)national organizations, institutions, and research locations, from a large network that Gender Studies in Utrecht has established.
Our students have found internships at Atria: Institute for gender equality and women’s history; at Women-on-Waves, ‘the abortion boat’; at Women Win, an international NGO that uses sports as a tool for education and emancipation; at COC, the Dutch organization for the emancipation of gays and lesbians; at FOAM, the photography museum of Amsterdam; at BAK, the institute for contemporary art; at Ministries and the Dutch Tax office; at (women’s) rights organizations such as Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom; and at Opzij, a feminist magazine. They have also conducted autonomous internships, such as directing a performance of the ‘Vagina Monologues’, making their own documentary, or creating the series pilot for ‘Queer Amsterdam’.
The Master’s thesis of Gender Studies is an individually written, academic work that is related to a particular aspect you encountered during your internship. It is professionally orientated but written for an academic context. The thesis needs to suffice therefore in all academic standards (scientific originality and significance, theoretico-methodological framework, thorough analysis of a case study), and you formulate a clear research question based on the knowledge gained throughout your studies. Importantly, the thesis should reveal knowledge and in-depth interest in how gender, ethnicity, sexuality, class and age function and intersect as social, symbolical categories within the field of study.
The writing of the thesis, which ideally has a length between 12.000 and 15.000 words, will be mentored either individually or in small groups.
Digital thesis archive
You are required to upload your Master’s thesis to Utrecht University Library's digital thesis archive. This archive is also an interesting reference point to see what your fellow students have submitted. You can search or sort through it by faculty or study programme.