An internship is a great way to gain a better understanding of a field that you are considering for your later career, whether at master's level or as a possible field of work. It allows you to probe the world beyond academia, an experience that is becoming ever more important, not only in post-academic careers, but also for an increasing number of master's programmes. 

Internships fit the curriculum plan best in the second or third year of study. Generally, students follow internships between semesters, since the employers or supervisors often expect interns to be present full-time. Some internships can be carried out during the semester. The minimum duration is five weeks full-time or 210 hours duringthe semester.

There are two types of internships:

  • A non-academic internship (UCACCINT21) is registered as an academic core course at level 2, and does not count towards the major. It may count as 7.5 of the required 180 credits - i.e. one course load - for an undergraduate diploma. You are allowed to do only one of these in the course of your curriculum.
  • An academic internship on the other hand (UCSCI/SSC/HUMINT21) is graded and does count towards your major. The 7.5 credits earned by completing an academic internship can count towards the ‘curriculum enrichment options’ needed for the honours certificate.

Doing an internship 'off the grid' is possible as well. Not all internships fit into the University College Utrecht 7.5 ETCS model or lend themselves for a reflective report.

Non-academic Internship UCACCINT21

Focus on work experience.
7,5 ECTS; graded Pass/Fail; counts as elective course; reflective report required.

Graded and supervised by the Internship Coordinator (see details below)

Academic Internship
Focus on both work experience and academic depth.
7,5 ECTS; graded A-F; counts towards major; academic and reflective report required.

Graded and supervised by a UCU fellow: Humanities, Science, Social Science

Full descriptions of the requirements can be found in the Course Planner.


  1. At least 200 hours of work;
  2. A report describing your daily activities;
  3. Any internship that counts towards your degree should be somehow connected to the academic fields you are interested in and you must be able to explain how the work experience is linked to your Liberal Arts and Science education. It requires you to write a reflection from an academic perspective, either separate or as part of the report, in which you describe (depending on the nature of the internship) issues like:
    • How did the work relate to things learned at UCU (theory versus practice), if possible backed up by some literature;
    • How well is the organisation functioning (organisational, societal, political, etc.);
    • What would you change in the organisation based upon the knowledge you have acquired, if you were asked?
    • There is no word limit for the reflection, but it should not be less than around 800 words.
  4. A completed grading sheet signed by the local supervisor.

Academic Internships

In exceptional cases, an internship can be registered as academic, either before the start, of after handing in the report. This decision is made by the fellow of the domain/track in which the internship can be categorised.

Special criteria for an academic internship:

  1. At least 60% of the work involves research that is performed using a well-defined, academically accepted methodology.
  2. The report contains a thorough introduction, a results section, a discussion and an appropriate and state of the art reference list.
  3. The academic supervisor (and second reader if you wish) should be a fellow at University College Utrecht, or someone appointed by that fellow.


You can find the necessary forms below. The proposal needs to go to your envisaged supervisor; The registration and agreement forms should be signed by all parties indicated and be sent to the registrar (, who will register your internship in Osiris; the internship grading sheet should, upon completion of the internship, be signed by all parties indicated and sent to the registrar.



Career Development Officer

General internship information as posted on the Utrecht University pages:

More information can be found on the main pages of the student website. Here you can find general tips about finding an internship placement and useful links.