29 October 2019

Launch your career with an internship in Silicon Valley

Until December 20, Master and PhD students are warmly invited to apply for Internships in the Valley! A collaborative effort of the consulate-general of the Netherlands in San Francisco, The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and the Dutch research universities. With the help of a Talent Committee and 5000 Dutch alumni that live and work in the Bay Area, a wide portfolio of interesting internship companies is getting created.

Ligand Pharmaceuticals, Zymergen, Arcadis, DuPont, Chrysalix, Parsley, Atomwise and Tellus have already confirmed their participation, more companies will follow over the next months. Ultimately, the program aims at 50 annual matches of talented Master and PhD students with innovative startups and companies in the Valley.


Students from all fields of study are welcome to apply. However it is important that you are:

  • An innovative thinker, with a pro-active and can-do mentality;
  • Interested in entrepreneurship, innovation, data sciences and/or technology;
  • Currently enrolled as a Master of PhD student at a Dutch university, or graduated less than a year ago.

Students with a minimum GPA average of 7 or higher, and demonstrable entrepreneurial skills on their resume are preferred.

What to expect?

Internships in the Valley will be there for you all the way. We support with a smooth J-1 visa procedure in collaboration with the Netherland-America Foundation, and support with finding accommodation and preparations for living in the USA and getting acquainted with American business culture.

Check out www.internshipsinthevalley.nl for more information on how to apply and frequently asked questions. On our Instagram, Facebook andLinkedIn we share updates from (new) internship companies and interesting content about life in the Valley!

You can also email your questions to: internshipsinthevalley@vu.nl.