Information about HPS internship

It is possible (even recommended) to do an internship. This can be anything from research to practical work in museum, media, education, a policy organization, or whatever – as long as there is a connection with HPS.

Develop professionals skills

The aim of an internship is to offer you the chance to develop your professional skills and to investigate potential career options. It is an excellent way to gain working experience and to get to know a sector in which you are interested. And if you conclude that it is not the right kind of organization for you, that is also a useful insight.

How many EC's?

An internship is 15 EC, which means 1 period / 10 weeks of full-time work, or a semester half-time. If holidays are included, the internship can be extended with the weeks that are counted as leave. If you do an internship, your thesis will be 37.5 EC.

It is advised to start an internship after you have finished all other courses of the master’s programme, except the thesis and the seminar. If you want to go abroad, keep in mind that you need to make preparation well in advance. 

You can do an internship in any organization. It does not have to be a research institute. Internships can also be done abroad. Please note that you are responsible for organizing your internship, although we can help with suggestions and contacts.

Many of our researchers have relevant contacts in interesting organizations, both inside and outside academia, so you can begin by talking to them. Larger organizations often have internship programmes which you can find on their websites. You can approach smaller organizations directly.

Tips on finding an internship:

We have regular contacts at these organizations:

  • Rathenau Institute, The Hague
  • Rijksmuseum Boerhaave, Leiden
  • Teylers museum, Haarlem
  • Universiteitsmuseum Utrecht
  • Huygens Institute, Amsterdam
  • Museon, The Hague
  • RIVM, Bilthoven

In the past, HPS students have also done internships at, for example:

  • Adviesraad voor wetenschap, technologie en innovatie, The Hague
  • Investico research journalism, Amsterdam
  • NASA History Office, Washington, DC
  • UNESCO, Paris

You may also find leads to internships through Career Services of our faculty and the University Utrecht page about Internships. If you are interested in going abroad for your internship, visit the Study Abroad pages and learn about procedures and financial issues. 

Before the start of the internship, you have to submit two forms:

  • the GSNS Internship Application Form, which has to be signed by you and the programme coordinator and submitted to the Student Desk. On the form, you specify the daily supervisor (from the host institution) and the supervisor on behalf of the UU, who will approve the content of the internship and who is responsible for the final assessment. At HPS this is usually the programme coordinator, unless you find a staff member with specific expertise. 
  • the GSNS Work Place Agreement, which has to be signed by you, the host organization, and your UU supervisor and emailed to
  • If the host organisation only uses its own agreement -> contact the internship contract coordinator via
  • It is advised to also sign an internship agreement between you and the host organization, specifying your responsibilities and for example financial compensation. The UU is no party in that agreement.

At the end, your local supervisor should write an assessment, using this HPS assessment form.

You also need to write a personal reflection (2-3 pages) on what you did and what you have learned.

Your UU-supervisor will grade your internship based on the input received from the host supervisor and your report.