Some of the Humanities optional course profile credits (7.5 to a maximum of 15 EC) can be used to complete an internship. Consult the study programme to see how to include an internship in your degree.

Why do an internship?

Internships allow students to gain work experience in their area of study. Benefits include:

  • gaining experience with job applications; 
  • practical experience for students to add to their CV;
  • the possibility of getting a job at the host organisation (which often happens); and
  • building up a professional network that can help to find a job.
Josi Smit

History internship coordinator

Josi Smit is the internship coordinator who will set you up with a supervising lecturer. Contact her once you have found an internship position. You should not contact lecturers yourself.

Any questions on finding, setting up, processing and completing an internship can be directed to the internship coordinator for the History department:

Josi Smit

t.j.smit@uu.nl
Drift 6, room 011

 

International internship

Students may also complete an internship abroad. International internships require more preparation time than ordinary internships, however. 

Step-by-step plan

The steps below will help you prepare for your internship. Also check the detailed information in the Internship Guide (pdf).

You are responsible for finding your own internship position, but your internship coordinator can help you with that. Start looking early and plan your internship around your study programme. There are a number of resources that you can use to find internships.

  • Via the internship vacancies of the Faculty of Humanities you can find internships that organisations offer humanities students of the University of Utrecht. Some may fit your studies and interests, others may not.
  • Via the internship overview of Career Services you can find internships and graduation assignments that are suitable for students from various study programmes and various faculties. Ask your internship coordinator if it is possible to fit the internship you want to do in your study programme.
  • Contact the organisation where you wish to do an internship directly.
  • Use your own network of students, friends, family, teachers, et cetera.
  • Follow the channels of your programme or department, for instance Facebook, LinkedIn, Blackboard or newsletters.

Often you will have to apply for an internship. Career Services offers useful application tips and tricks that can help you on your way.

During your internship you will have 2 people supervising you:

  • your internship lecturer (staff member UU)
    and
  • your daily supervisor (staff member internship organisation): the primary person responsible for providing supervision during the internship. 

Once you have found an internship position, you should contact your internship coordinator. He or she will then find you an internship lecturer. You should not contact lecturers yourself. The lecturer decides whether the internship assignment meets the requirements.

Together with your internship supervisor and internship lecturer, you will draw up an internship work plan:

This plan describes the internship assignment, the learning objectives and the supervision parameters. You must fill out the Internship Work Plan Form (pdf) in order to obtain approval for the internship work plan. This form is also available in Dutch: Stagewerkplanformulier (pdf). Both supervisors must sign the completed form.

You, the internship organisation and the Faculty of Humanities must sign an internship agreement for you to be able to do an internship. The Faculty of Humanities has a model Internship Agreement (pdf) available for students with a EU/EAA, Swiss or Surinam nationality. This contract is also available in Dutch: standaard stageovereenkomst (pdf). For non-EU/EEA student Nuffic has a standard agreement which you can use to settle the essential points around your internship. If the internship organisation has its own agreement, then the parties may use that instead.

The internship agreement must be signed by you and the internship organisation (not by the internship lecturer). The Internship Office will sign the agreement (see step 5).

Exceptions:

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If you are doing an internship with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, you must submit an internship application to the Ministry’s Internship Policy Coordinator. This person will send the internship agreement to the Internship Office, so you do not need to use the Faculty’s model agreement. The internship work plan must be signed by the internship lecturer and the internship supervisor. You can then submit the signed form and the work plan to the Internship Office (stage.gw@uu.nl).
  • Media internships. If you found your internship position via Mediastages.nl, then the Internship Office will only send a signed copy to the internship lecturer. Mediastages will send a copy directly to you.
  • Meertens Institute. The Faculty and the Meertens Institute have agreed to use both the Faculty’s model internship agreement and the Meertens Institute agreement. Remember to submit both agreements to the Internship Office at the earliest possible moment prior to starting the internship.

Once the internship work plan has been approved and the internship agreement has been signed, you must submit the following documents to the Internship Office via (stage.gw@uu.nl):

  • an internship work plan form
  • an internship work plan
  • an internship agreement

The Internship Office will check the documents for correctness and sign the agreement. They will then send you, the lecturer and the internship organisation a signed copy of the agreement. Once this is complete, you will automatically be registered for the internship in OSIRIS. You cannot do this yourself.

Please note! You should submit the documents listed above to the Internship Office before starting the internship, especially if you are doing an internship abroad. If, for some reason, you are unable to submit the documents before starting the internship, then try to turn them in as soon as possible.

At the end of the internship, you must write an internship report consisting of an evaluation section and a description of the internship results. The internship report is the basis for the internship lecturers' final assessment. You must turn in the report to the internship lecturer. In some cases the internship organisation also wants to receive a copy. You must also submit a digital version of the report (including all appendices) to the Internship Office via e-mail: stage.gw@uu.nl.

The internship lecturer is responsible for the final assessment and grading of the internship. Here you can find the forms for the different types of internships:

Level 2:

Level 3:

Your daily supervisor fills out an internship feedback form (pdf) / feedbackformulier functioneren stagewerkplek (pdf, in Dutch). The internship feedback form is the basis for a conversation between your internship lecturer and the daily supervisor about your performance during the internship. The quality of your internship report is crucial in this evaluation. The internship lecturer will take into account the feedback and evaluation of the daily supervisor.  You will receive this evaluation from your internship lecturer. Finally your grade and EC will be registered in OSIRIS.

Exceptional cases

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 for 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, the website of also includes everything you need to know to ensure that preparations go smoothly.
Study in Holland
If you are looking for a subsidy scheme in support of an international internship, visit this Nuffic website.

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). For more information, please refer to your Student Counsellor.