Within all Master's programmes one or more research projects are mandatory. Please see ‘Study programme’ for general information on such projects in your curriculum. In many cases, a research project may be carried out outside of the university, in the form of an internship at a company or research institute. This can be in The Netherlands as well as abroad (see also: ‘study abroad’). You are required to fill out one or more forms in order to be able to either start or finish your extracurricular internship.

It may also be possible to do an extracurricular internship; sometimes less research-oriented but more geared towards applying skills learned in your Master's programme and getting a closer experience of a real company environment. Please ask your programme coordinator for opportunities within your programme. You can find some current extracurricular internship opportunities in the Stagebank.

Doing an internship is recommended but not required in the HPS master. Internship options include, but are not limited to, science museums such as the Universiteitsmuseum or Museum Boerhaave, science policy institutions such as the Rathenau Instituut, or research institutes such as the Huygens Instituut. In recent years, HPS students have also done internships at, for example, popular science media, research institutes such as the RIVM, and UNESCO.

You could also check the Career Services Internship Listings to see if any of the internships interest you. Companies and organisations looking for interns from the university's various academic programmes often post their vacancies with us.