Before you can start your internship abroad, consult with your programme coordinator, mentor or instructors.
You will have to find an internship position yourself. If you would like to do an internship abroad, start collecting information as early as possible. Applying for visa and residence permits (for instance for Canada, Australia or the United States) may take time. An early start is therefore worth the trouble.
How to find an internship?
The Faculty of Humanities does not have many internships positions abroad. Sometimes you will find Internship Vacancies on offer for Humanities students. You can look for internships through Google, your own network, online internship databases, your lecturers, your student association, organisations such as Integrand (Dutch private sector) and Aiesec (International internships) and on the Career Services internship database.
Students have found trainee positions in many places: with the United Nations in New York, with Dutch embassies, with an NGO in Central Asia, with companies in Switzerland and Italy etc.
Are you looking for an internship position in a particular town or region but you have no idea where to start? Search the internet for:
- the website of the town itself
- the local newspapers (for instance, check www.allyoucanread.com)
- the national authorities
- the local authorities
Do you want to obtain an internship position with a foreign branch of a Dutch company? First read the company’s website carefully. Then you can usually apply for an internship via the personnel department, but you can also take the plunge and contact the foreign branch yourself. Be well prepared. Often they will want to know why you have chosen this particular company, who you are and what you want to achieve with an internship.
Do you want to obtain an internship with a local company abroad? Search the website of the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the country itself. Sometimes the Dutch Chamber of Commerce may have the information you are looking for: www.kvk.nl (in Dutch)
Or search the website of the Dutch embassy in the country of your choice. It may contain relevant information. Check the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for information about Dutch embassies.
A Dutch branch organisation can be an excellent starting point for your search. For instance the Nederlandse museumvereniging (in Dutch) or the Theater Instituut Nederland (in Dutch). Often you will find links to international sister institutions. You can also check the Yellow Pages of a country/region (for instance for the US: www.yellowpages.com). Also the Dutch Embassy is a good starting point if you are searching by sector.
Registration in OSIRIS
Are you starting an internship abroad? Register your internship in OSIRIS. Click the 'Stay abroad' button to say in which period you will be doing your internship, and don't forget to leave your abroad address. This way, the faculty will be able to contact you in case of calamities.