INTERNSHIP INFORMATION

In order to strengthen the relationship between the Intercultural Communication programme and practice, you will complete your master's degree in block 4 with a mandatory internship of 15 EC. On this page and the internship manual (pdf) you will find all the information you need to prepare for your internship.

Discuss your internship plans and internship plan with the internship coordinator, possibly with the programme coordinator, and - as soon as you know who - with your internship lecturer.

The internship has a standard size of 5 EC (=140 hours) or 15 EC (=520 hours).

  • 5 EC: you end your internship with an internship report in which you reflect on the organization and your learning experiences (NOTE: Tthis only applies if you have followed a MaLa course (see: https://students.uu.nl/en/hum/intercultural-communication/curriculum).
  • 15 EC: you cooperate in the organization and you do a practice-oriented research and report. In consultation with your internship supervisor of the internship organization and your internship lecturer, you formulate a practice-oriented research question and agree on a research plan. You will conclude your internship with the internship reflection report, with a research report and advice aimed at the internship organization.

The starting point is that you will look for an internship yourself. The programme and internship coordinator will often give you tips about internship opportunities throughout the year. The ’Stage Inspiratiebank’ contains short reports of research from previous ICC internships and internship addresses. From block 1 you will be supported in your labour market (and internship) orientation. As the programme works together with Career Services, attention is paid to finding a suitable internship.

During the course registration you need to register for the relevant internship code. See the course planner to find out these codes.

Make sure you have arranged the following at the beginning of your internship:

  1. You have made agreements with the internship-providing organization about the exact activities and the research subject that belong to the internship.
  2. Agreements have been made about the hours of work. This should correspond to 140 hours in the case of an internship of 5 EC or 520 hours in the case of practice-based research (15 EC).
  3. There is one contact person at the internship organization, who functions as a permanent contact and supervisor.
  4. You have discussed your internship plans with the internship coordinator. She will appoint an internship lecturer who will guide you through the internship. If the internship goes well, the role of this lecturer will be smaller than with the thesis: he or she acts as a source of information, stimulates you to reflect weekly on what you learn and develop and at the end of the internship assesses the internship report, which is usually done in consultation with the contact person of the internship providing organization.
  5. After you have agreed with all parties you will start writing an internship plan and fill in the corresponding internship plan and the internship agreement. If all parties agree with the content of your plan, have it signed and hand it in at the Student Desk. In this way you will be registered for the internship. More information can be found in the internship manual.

The objectives of the internship within the framework of the Intercultural Communication programme are:

  • Discovering an organization and its structure, departments, activities and organizational culture;
  • to be given and take responsibilities in the form of carrying out work within the organization;
  • observing behaviours and the way(s) of communicating of the organization, both internally and externally, at home and abroad;
  • carrying out practice-based research and establishing the relationship between one's own observations and the theoretical backgrounds studied during the lectures, with the aim of providing advice and possibly implementing the advice for the organization.

More generally, the internship should help you to acquire the following competences:

  • You can reflect on your own communicative functioning in an international, multilingual or intercultural organization. So you know what your own strong and weak communicative competencies are and you know how to build or improve these within an intercultural organization.
  • You know how to make a relationship between the knowledge and skills you have acquired during your training and the requirements and expectations of a concrete organization.
  • You can identify a communicative problem in an intercultural practical situation in terms of common communicative models and theories.
  • You can make a difference between an organizational problem, an intercultural / multilingual problem and a communicative problem and the different solutions that go with it.
  • You can translate an intercultural organization's communicative problem into concrete research questions, make a reasoned choice for an adequate research method and carry out the research within the intercultural organization context.
  • In doing so, you know how to find a responsible compromise between the scientific ideal and what is practically feasible in an organization.
  • You can adequately present the results of your own research and the recommendations to be derived from it to those involved in the organization.

You will report on the internship and your own development in a reflection report of up to 4000 words. You write a report of up to 6000 words about your internship research. This report will be assessed jointly by the internship supervisor (an employee of the institution where you are doing the internship) and your internship lecturer involved in Intercultural Communication, and will be written in the language spoken by you and your two supervisors (this may differ from your language track). The reflection report will only be read and assessed by your internship tutor and will be written in the language of your language track.

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INTERNSHIP ABROAD

You can also choose to do your internship abroad. However, these internships require more preparation time than other internships.

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Why do an internship?

Representing a perfect chance to put academic theory into working practice, an internship not only serves as a vital link between academic study and the labour market, it is also 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 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 or organization.
  • 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. These will benefit you both during your studies and after graduation.

Forms of internship

A wide range of internships are possible. The most common of which are:

  • Work internship. The focus lies on gaining practical professional experience. For example a French student who is given the opportunity to complete several assignments for an embassy.
  • Research internship. The focus lies on actually conducting scientific research often at a scientific/research institute of a foreign university, for example, but also at a commercial enterprise or cultural institution or other type of institute. For example a history student who conducts a literature study about the Golden Age on behalf of a museum.

Step-by-step plan

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

You are responsible for finding your own internship position. 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 are suitable for humanities students. 
  • Via the internship overview of Career Services you can find internships and graduation assignments that are suitable for students from various study programmes. Ask your supervising lecturer if the internship you wish to do fits within the content of your study programme. If not, it it still possible to do the internship as extra work experience or to expand your network.    
  • Contact the organisation where you wish to do an internship directly.
  • Use your own network of students, friends, family etc.
  • On the Careers Day of Utrecht University you can informally come into contact with a variety of companies who offer internships.

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

The organisation's internship supervisor is the primary person responsible for providing supervision during the internship. Once you have found an internship position, you must then ask a lecturer to act as the supervising lecturer. In principle, any lecturer from your programme certified to take exams may act as the supervising lecturer. The lecturer decides whether the internship assignment meets the requirements.

Together with your internship supervisor and supervising 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 in 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 supervising lecturer). The Internship Office will sign the agreement after it has been submitted to the Student Desk (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 lecturer supervisor and the internship supervisor. You can then submit the signed form and the work plan to the Internship Office.
  • Media internships. If you found your internship position via Mediastages.nl, then the Internship Office will only send a signed copy to the supervising 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:

  • 1 internship work plan form
  • 1 internship work plan
  • 1 original 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. So you do not have to do this yourself!

Please note! You are advised to 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.

Internship Office

A. Drift 10, 3512 BS Utrecht (Mon-Fri 11.00-15.00)
T. +31 (030) 253 6285 (Mon-Fri 11.00 - 12.30, 13.00 - 15.00)
E. stage.gw@uu.nl

Always mention your student number in correspondence!

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 supervising lecturers' final assessment. You must turn in the report to the internship supervisor as well as the supervising lecturer. You must also submit a digital version of the report (without appendices) to the Internship Office via e-mail: stage.gw@uu.nl.

The lecturer supervisor is responsible for the final assessment and grading of the internship. The evaluation of internships is based on standard forms:

The internship feedback form is the basis for a conference between your lecturer supervisor and the internship supervisor about your performance during the internship. The quality of your internship report is crucial in this evaluation. The lecturer supervisor will take into account the feedback and evaluation of the internship supervisor.  You will receive this evaluation from your lecturer supervisor.

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). If you need help, please refer to your student counsellor.

 

More information

If you wish to know more, or if you have any questions about internships, you can contact the Internship Office Humanities.