Internship Product Development (FI-MSECIPD)

For your Internship Product Development you’ll be working in an organization in the (in)formal science education and communication field. You’ll experience this work environment, carry out all kinds of relevant tasks, seek active contact with the target audience(s) and meanwhile work on one main task: developing a product for your organization / supervisor that fits the wishes of the client.

Organization of the semester

You are supposed to invest about 20 hrs/week for the entire semester, mainly during the second part of the week. You will spend a minimum of 75% of your time to develop a product related to your own field of expertise for your organization. In addition you may work on other tasks that are relevant and interesting for you / your internship organization. During the semester there will be 8 or 9 educational sessions focused on product design and project planning. You will conclude this course with a product, a product development report and a presentation.

On Mondays you will follow other courses of the SEC-programme.

Where can I fulfil my internship?

Organizing an internship / a product development task can be done by yourself. To facilitate making the right choice in terms of a suitable internship / product development task, it is important to make three decisions:

  • Orientation of task. You may want to choose a product development task that is more education-oriented (for instance, making a lesson module for a museum type environment) or more communication-oriented (for instance, making an information folder for a patients’ organization).
  • Favourite target audience. Choose the target audience you’d most like to work with, f.i. adults, school kids, young children, etc.
  • Focus of task. Decide whether you would like a task that is closely related to your own bachelor knowledge (f.i. making a masterclass in ecology or biochemisty for talented secondary education students) or whether the product can be more general, just focused on science as a whole (f.i. trying to enthuse kids for science in a festival setting). 

Please keep the following important guidelines in mind while you try to arrange things:

  1. the product development task should deal with science content (preferably related to your own area of expertise);
  2. the product development task should clearly be communication / education oriented (not so much marketing if possible);
  3. the product development task should be targeted at making a concrete product (so not primarily working on a specific research question the organization has, like for instance a ‘target audience analysis’, aimed at finding new target audiences for a product);
  4. the planning of the course (20 hrs / week for the full semester) should be workable for the internship organization;
  5. the product development task should entail a product that you can work on / develop in a planned way (a personal task), allowing you enough time to do the necessary analyses for the development process first, and then, based on these analyses, you can make the product;
  6. ideally the product should be something the organization is waiting for and that will be used after you are gone.

If you’ve found a potential internship and a possible product development task in time, please let the profile-coordinator know of your plans. Only in that way we can check if everything is in order and get in touch with your organization and prospective supervisor there, to get to know each other and to arrange things further.

Contact person

You can contact the lecturer / coordinator, Liesbeth de Bakker, if you still have  questions about this internship, and if you would like some help in organizing your internship (often a couple of product development tasks are already available, waiting for the right student; course coordinator has a network of contact persons at relevant internship organizations).