CHIP augments the theoretical understanding of museums and heritage, exhibitions and collections in the preparatory coursework through the practical experience gained by a placement with a heritage institution. The placement is registered as UCHUMINT21 Academic Internship, 7,5 etcs, and the student researches and elaborates an internship proposal for their specific placement through the HUM lab. module, UCACCMET2K Academic Internship Preparation.  The CHIP programme enriches individual study programmes across the Liberal Arts and Sciences spectrum. This extra dimension includes working with highly qualified museum/heritage professionals, often academics, and gaining insight into the work of heritage organizations. Practical insight can also provide material for further scholarly elaboration in the research thesis. Alternatively, an academic internship may follow and give depth to a research thesis that focuses on a particular dimension of heritage. Completion of CHIP programme, including UCACCMET2K and a CHIP-approved UCHUMINT21, allows the student to count 10ECTS as a curricular enrichment option.

CHIP has its own website with an overview of student stories, lectures and news on the programme.

The general aim of the UCU Cultural Heritage Programme (CHIP) is to offer students a hands-on experience of working with cultural heritage, worldwide, as part of their undergraduate liberal arts and sciences curriculum. More specifically, the 7.5 EC placement can be closely connected to the bachelor thesis (15 EC), which it may precede or follow. This intensive personal and inter-disciplinary academic learning experience enables the student:

  • To understand approaches to the cultural heritage sector;
  • To evaluate specific dynamics of cultural heritage in situ, in a range of institutions;
  • To contribute to the professional aims of a museum or heritage institution by undertaking a placement with such an institution;
  • To understand how the institution and programme to which they contribute fits into broader global developments in the heritage sector;
  • To gain academically-based, professional experience crucial for proceeding to Master's programmes in the fields of Art History, Museum Studies and Cultural Heritage, and to create a professional network.

The UCU Cultural Heritage Programme is based in the Art History and Museum Studies track, but is unique in that it may be combined with other tracks. The programme consists of two courses from the Art History and Museum Studies track: HUMHAR22 Museum Studies (Fall) and UCHUMHAR32 Heritage: Dynamics of Collections (Spring). These courses – and thereby CHIP - are also open to students interested in museums and heritage from across the Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum. You can enter UCHUMHAR22 Museum Studies with any successfully completed 100-level HUM/ SSC/ SCI course. After completing Museum Studies, you can proceed to UCHUMHAR32 Heritage: Dynamics of Collections. Successful completion of those two courses, combined with many different tracks – in HUM, SSC, and SCI – qualifies you to undertake a supervised 7.5 EC academic internship as part of the CHIP. The 2.5 EC module Academic Internship Preparation UCACCMET2K orients and prepares you for an internship with a specific organisation.

The UCU Cultural Heritage Internships Programme is open to junior and senior students from all departments who have completed UCHUMHAR22 and UCHUMHAR32, and the UCU breadth requirement. The best time to apply is when taking UCHUMHAR32 Heritage. Selection of students for the program is based on the following criteria: 

  • Genuine interest in cultural heritage issues
  • Academic performance: research orientation
  • Interdisciplinary interest
  • Cultural interest and cross-cultural awareness
  • Maturity, responsibility  

Participation in the UCU Cultural Heritage Programme is individually tailored to the student’s curriculum and interests: Art History, History, Cultural Anthropology, Human Geography, and (History of) Science, combined in various ways with Museum and Heritage Studies. To be eligible for the CHIP, you need to ensure that you schedule the preparatory courses in your curriculum, starting in your first year (see below for the scheduling of the courses concerned). Information about the CHIP programme will be given during the course UCHUMHAR22. To apply for the programme, please contact Mary Bouquet, Tijana Zakula or Gert-Jan Vroege, during the course UCHUMHAR32.

1st year UCHUMHAR11 Intro - Fall or Spring

2nd year UCHUMHAR22 Museum Studies – Fall  (pre-req. - any 100-level HUM, SSC, SCI course)

2nd year UCHUMHAR21 Dutch 17thc Painting – Spring

2nd year option: UCHUMHAR32 Heritage – Spring [if the student wants to do an internship during the summer after the 2nd year]. The student who wants to orient their research thesis in a specific direction may acquire specific documentation and research skills that are relevant to incorporate into their thesis.

2nd year option: UCACCMET2K Academic Internship preparation (HUM lab. 2,5 EC module, Spring)

2nd year option: UCHUMINT21 Academic Internship (summer)

3rd year UCHUMHAR31 Modern Art – Fall

3rd year option: UCHUMHAR32 Heritage: Dynamics of Collections – Spring; if the student’s research thesis concerns a relevant collection/ institution, it may be possible to find a placement for the student with an institution where they can put their knowledge to use in documentation/ research tasks - the summer after the research thesis is completed.

3rd year option: UCACCMET2K Academic Internship preparation (HUM lab. 2,5 EC module, Spring)

3rd  year option: UCHUMINT21 Academic Internship (summer)