Guideline internships and COVID-19

It is still possible - and advisable - to do an internship in your bachelor, even though the coronavirus makes some things different. These guidelines state what the consequences of the coronavirus are and what you need to take into account.

Before you start your internship:

  • Some internship organisations require more interns, others less.
  • Much of the work will be done from home.
  • The content of the internship may suddenly change if national measures are tightened.
  • Internships abroad are only possible with green or yellow travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the case of code orange or red, it is not allowed to travel in accordance with the guidelines that are also published on the website. See also https://students.uu.nl/en/academics/internships for the most up-to-date information on internships abroad.

Once you have found an internship, you need to make plans with your internship organisation for an alternative interpretation of the internship, a plan B. You need this in the event that the originally intended assignment is no longer possible, for example due to a tightening up of the national COVID-19 measures or due to changes in the internship organisation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Consider, for example, the following options:

  • Working remotely with the (also remotely working) internship organisation
  • Switching to partial or full remote execution of the internship assignment
  • Other work at the same internship organisation

If you do not have a plan B, your programme (the internship coordinator or your supervising lecturer) may reject the internship. If you have any questions about this, please contact the internship coordinator of your department.

During your internship:

  • During your internship, you will adhere to the national measures applicable at that time for the coronavirus, including the rules applicable to public transport. Usually this means working completely remote. If you are able to work (partly) on location, you will observe all distance and hygiene measures.
  • If you work from home, you have to make clear agreements with your internship supervisor at the organisation. It is desirable to have brief contact with your internship supervisor every day (if possible; but at least once a week).
  • Your supervising lecturer will always be informed of any changes and will be involved in drawing up a plan B.

Is your internship mandatory, or do you need the internship in order to graduate? Then read the full guidelines below.

Full guideline BA internships during the COVID-19 pandemic 2020-2021