An internship is a great way to gain a better understanding of a field that you are considering for your later career, whether at masters 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 programs. 

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 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 across the semester. An internship 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. There are two types of internships.

Internship UCACCINT21 Focus on work experience.
7,5 ECTS; graded Pass/Fail; counts as elective course; reflective report required

Coordinated by Career Development Officer Bas Defize (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

Supervised by UCU fellows: Humanities, Science, Social Science

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

What makes an internship academic or not?

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 will attribute to your Liberal Arts education. It requires you to write a reflection from an academic perspective, relating your knowledge and academic curiosity to for example what the organization you worked for means for society, what it is like to work with non-academics etcetera. If your internship contains actual research (e.g. in a lab) or if you write up your experiences in an academic essay, a University College Utrecht fellow may allow you to count your internship towards your major.


  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. Depending on the department, this internship is labeled UCSSC/SCI/HUMINT21, and the academic supervisor (2nd reader if you wish) should be a lecturer at University College Utrecht.
  3. At least 200 hours of work are spent on the internship.

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


You can find the registration forms here. 

Registration process in short:

  1. Plan with your tutor
  2. Find a host organisation/supervisor
  3. Find a supervisor at University College Utrecht (Career Development Officer or fellow depending on the academic content)
  4. Finalize registration with your tutor
  5. Hand in documentation for your internship to show

Finding an internship

University College Utrecht maintains an overview of internships offered by businesses and organisations to students. Utrecht University Career Services also uses the platform Jobteaser. Using Jobteaser you can search for internships, research placements, student jobs and more.

You can also contact Career Development Officer Bas Defize for advice. Or see the general tips below. University College Utrecht students may also be interested in STREAM - honours research internships abroad.

Career Development Officer

University-wide information:


Corona virus: Utrecht University follows the travel advice given by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, see below

An internship abroad will take more time to arrange than an internship in the Netherlands. You should start at least six months to one year prior to your anticipated internship, taking the following things into account:

  • Download the international internship agreement by the EAIE and additional information on liability.
  • You will need to register your internship abroad in Osiris:
    • Go to
    • Click on the tab 'abroad'
    • Go to 'new request'
    • Choose 'internship/(field)research/other stay abroad'

    Once you have submitted your registration, be sure to inform your internship coordinator of this by email.

  • International internships can be expensive. Fortunately, there are all manner of strategies to minimise the costs:
    • It is often possible to retain your DUO student grant during your stay abroad and to reimburse your student public transport. Be sure to finalise all arrangements with DUO at least two months prior to departure.
    • If you complete your internship in an EU Member State, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Turkey, you may be eligible for an Erasmus grant.
    • for a public/private fund for financial support to cover the costs of living abroad,
    • if you have already found a potential fund, you may require a letter of recommendation from the student counsellorer as part of your application.
  • Visa and premits
    • If you complete your internship in the EU, you do not require a visa or a work permit.
    • If you complete your internship in a non‑EU country, you will always require a work permit and/or a visa. Bear in mind that the processing time for visa/work permits can be long. Some developing nations can take up to a year to complete these administrative procedures.
    • Visit the WilWeg website (in Dutch) for more detailed information about 50 countries.
  • Insurance
    • The validity of your health insurance while completing your internship depends on such factors as the amount of internship pay, the length of your internship, and your age. Visit the WilWeg website (in Dutch) for further information about health insurance.
    • It is important to thoroughly check your insurance before an agreement is signed. This includes research on which insurance you (should) have and how things are handled according to law and the internship agreement.
  • Health and safety
    • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (in Dutch) publishes travel advisories for nearly every destination in the world. Each country is rated in terms of safety, ranging from Level 1 (no notable safety risks) to Level 6 (travel to this country discouraged).
  • Travel advisories
    When considering possible destinations, please bear in mind that Utrecht University adheres to all travel advisories issued by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


When choosing your exchange destination, keep the following in mind: Utrecht University follows the advice given by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

This means students are not allowed to plan their studies, internship / resident, in a region which is coded red or orange (see table below) .

The colour codes have the following explanation:

Green no special security risks
Yellow attention: security risks
Orange travel only when necessary
Red do not travel

The International Offices of Utrecht University are informed about the travel advice. When code red or orange is given, students are not allowed to travel. Utrecht University will not sign agreements with other universities, situated in an area coded red or orange. Study programmes and boards of examiners are advised not to approve plans, award credits or award grants for study related activities in these areas.

In case the travel advice from the Ministry changes during your stay abroad, Utrecht University will always contact the individual student to reconcile and talk about the options available.

Students with a disability may face more challenges in finding an appropriate internship. Fortunately, a growing number of companies are aware of the needs of students with a disability and are taking steps to make it easier to complete internships. Please bear in mind that it may take longer to find an appropriate internship.

For information on internships for students with a disabilty, you can visit the websites:

  • Expertise Centrum Inclusief Onderwijs (ECIO)
    Expertise centre for studying with a disability for such resources as the Stagewijzer (‘Guide to Internships’) in Dutch.  If you are considering studying abroad, this website also includes everything you need to know to ensure that preparations go smoothly.
  • Nuffic website
    For a subsidy scheme in support of an international internship. 

Student athletes may face more difficult challenges in finding an appropriate internship. Fortunately, a growing number of companies are aware of the needs of this group of student interns and are taking steps to make it easier for this target group to complete internships (e.g. flexible working hours and a longer internship duration).

Medical programme
If you are combining a Utrecht University medical programme with a sports career ask your student advisor whether you are eligible for a declaration to minimise the distance you have to commute to your internship post (known in Dutch as a ‘dichtbijverklaring’). This document will, for instance, enable you to serve as a junior house officer at a hospital in your place of study or where you train.

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.