No space is allocated to internships in our new master programs. This, however, does not mean students cannot do an internship on top of their regular course load.
Preferably, students do an internship after all the compulsory courses and required electives have been completed. When choosing to do an internship after completion the program, you will have no study delay, will continue to be a part of your master program community, and do not have to reschedule any (feedback) meetings of the Research and Thesis Trajectory. When opting for this choice, students must submit a request for postponement of graduation to the Board of Examiners after completing the Research and Thesis Trajectory. An internship is considered as a valid reason for a deferral, and postponing your graduation will thus have no implications for your grades and overall assessment.
It is also possible to do a research internship for the purposes of your thesis or a relevant internship that cannot be done during another period of time during your master program. In that case, prior to the start of your internship student must discuss the suitability, time frame and the applicable rules with the master program coordinator.
Students may also chose to do an internship prior to starting their master program. Even though it is not possible for bachelor students to let the internship count as an elective in their bachelor program, most students do choose to do an internship without having it registered as an elective.
Apply for an internship
- Ask a professor, who teaches in the field of your internship, to be your contact person and mentor for the duration of your internship. You may ask the internship coordinator for help for finding a professor.
- Fill in the ‘Consent for the following internship as an optional course Master’ form. An English version of the form can be found here.
- Have the form signed by both your internship mentor and the internship coordinator. You must have consent prior to the start of your internship.
- Have your internship mentor fill in the assessment form after finishing your internship and, together with your mentor, plan an evaluation interview. The assessment form can be downloaded from the following webpage and is available at the Student Desk.
- Write a short internship essay (approx. three pages) in which you describe the internship and tasks, to what extent you have completed your tasks and both positive and negative experiences.
- After finishing your portfolio (which includes the consent form, assessment form, short internship essay and any other documents related to your internship), plan a final meeting with your internship mentor to discuss your portfolio.
- An internship counts as an elective course of 7,5 ECTS. The internship must be fulltime for the duration of at least six weeks. A part-time internship is also possible, bearing in mind that the internship must be at least 3 working days per week.
If you would like to follow an internship, there are some important matters to keep in mind. You should think about insurance, visa and funding. More information is to be found on the website of Utrecht University regarding foreign internships.
Time frame and duration
The internship must have a duration of at least 30 working days. The minimum amount of working days per week for a part-time internship is three working days.
Internship as part of the master program
Requirements for consent
To acquire EC for an internship, the following requirement must be met:
- consent of the internship coordinator of the master program has been given prior to the start of the internship, and the overall assessment of the internship must be a ‘Pass’.
- The student needs to be registered for the master program or has applied for the upcoming start of a master program at the Law department of Utrecht University. Prior to the internship, the student needs to ask for consent of the internship coordinator of the master program. The internship coordinator has signed the consent form and a professor has been assigned as an internship mentor. The student is not already – or has been in the past – an employee of the institution or company offering the internship.
The internship mentor makes the final assessment based on:
- a portfolio including an assessment form of the institution or company offering the internship, an internship essay written by the student, any final work or drafts the student has worked on during the internship.
- all procedural rules with regard to the portfolio can be found on our website.
- a final evaluation review with the internship coordinator.
There will be no final grade for the internship, only a ‘Pass’ or ‘Fail’ will be registered in Osiris.
General internship coordinator department:
(for general questions about internships, questions on rules and procedures etc.)
Anny de Geer
(for content questions about internships and to look for a supervisor)
Ton van den Brink
Public International Law
Law and Technology in Euope
Sybe de Vries