If you want to complete an internship abroad, spending six months to a year on preparation is an absolute necessity. Be sure to start your search well in advance. Applying for documents such as visas and residency permits can take a long time. For more information, please contact the Internship Office (Humanities Student Information Desk). 


To obtain a signature from the faculty on your application for an Erasmus scholarship or public transport allowance, you must provide proof that you will be completing an internship. This may take the form of an agreement, or an email exchange with the host organisation.

Registration in Osiris

If you want to do an internship abroad, you must register this in OSIRIS. Click on Abroad specify the period during which you will be completing your international internship. Make sure to also include your address abroad so that we can contact you in case of an emergency.

Finding an internship

There are various ways to find an internship.

Searching on your own

  • Via the Humanities internship database
  • By city/region
    • the website of the city itself
    • local newspapers (e.g. via www.allyoucanread.com)
    • the national government
    • the regional government
  • By company/organisation
    • Foreign branch of a Dutch company
      Most of the time you can officially apply for an internship position through the company’s HR department, but you could also be bold and try to contact the foreign branch directly. Make sure you are well-prepared! People often want to know why you are contacting them, who you are and what you want to achieve by doing an internship.
    • A local company abroad
      You can search for opportunities via the country’s own Ministry of Economic Affairs, for example. The foreign commercial registers of the Dutch Kamer van Koophandel (Dutch Chamber of Commerce) can sometimes be helpful as well.
  • By sector
    A good starting point can be the relevant Dutch sector organisation (e.g. the Netherlands Museum Association or the Netherlands Theatre Institute). There you can often find links to international sister organisations. You can also check the yellow pages of a country/region (e.g. in the US: www.yellowpages.com). The Dutch embassy could also be a reference point in this regard.

Searching via an intermediary organisation

Various organisations provide support services for finding internships. These services often require payment. Not all internships are equally suitable. However, you can check which organisations offer internships and get some ideas that way. Here are a few links that might help: 

A few other interesting organisations abroad:

What do you need to consider?

When organising your internship, you can use an international internship agreement (such as this model agreement). Be sure to also check what you need to take into account in terms of health and safety.


Doing an internship abroad is not cheap. Here are a few useful links:

  • Erasmus+ scholarship (if you will be doing an internship in an EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Turkey) 
  • www.beursopener.nl (Dutch overview of private and other funds). If you have found a fund on this site that requires a recommendation letter from a student counsellor, see our page on how to request an accompanying letter

Visas and work permits

  • You do not need a visa or work permit to complete an internship within the EU.
  • For internships outside of Europe, a work permit and/or visa is always required. Bear in mind that it can take a long time to arrange such documents— sometimes up to a year in developing countries!

Insurance and liability

Whether or not you are sufficiently insured during your internship depends on various factors, such as your internship allowance amount, the length of your internship and your age. 
It is important to carefully sort out your individual situation before you sign a contract and begin your internship. This includes understanding which insurance you have and how things are arranged according to the law and the internship contract.

Travel advice

  • You should bear the following in mind when choosing a possible destination: Utrecht University’s policy is to follow the travel advice issued by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.