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Internship Parenting and Child Development


NB Language spoken in course is English unless only Dutch-speaking students participate

Admission requirements



The internship provides an excellent opportunity to learn about a variety of approaches and methods that are used in the field of Parenting and Child Development. The student can either participate in an ongoing research project at the Programme group Parenting, Child care and Development (Research Internship) or choose a practical position at an external organization (Practical Internship). The latter should focus on the field of Parenting and Child Development.

Research Internship
The student participates in an ongoing research project of Programme group Parenting, Child Care and Development. Depending on the research project, students will be involved in various practical aspects of doing research, such as the recruitment of participants, the actual data collection in the lab/home setting/clinic/child care setting, coding video-material, etc.

The student’s work will be performed under supervision of a qualified staff member; an independent university teacher will supervise the general progress of the internship and grade internship reports.

The choice of project and content of the research internship takes place in consultation with the coordinator. The specific research participation tasks will be put in writing in the form of a contract.

The internship can begin at any point during the academic year, but the timing will also depend on the availability of positions in a research project and on capacity of supervisors. The internship can be combined with the Master’s project.
When there is a new opportunity for participation in a research project this will be announced to students via Blackboard.

Practical internship
The activities at an external organization should focus on the field of Parenting and Child Development and can involve diverse fields, such as:

  • Training in and carrying out family-focused interventions

  • Developing (parts of) family-focused interventions

  • Planning assistance globally and team supervision

  • Updating and/or developing (treatment) protocols for the internship institution

  • Policy.

Students are allowed to search for their own practical internship; new openings will be placed on Brightspace as well. If students find their own practical internship, they need to contact the coordinator to make sure the internship fits the standards of the Master’s program. The specific content of the internship (assignment) will be put in writing in the form of a contract. Supervision will be provided by the external organization; a university teacher will supervise the general progress of the internship and grade internship reports.

More information is available on the website of the Internship Bureau and on Brightspace.

Course objectives

The general objectives of the internship are:

  • Integration of knowledge and skills in research and practice previously acquired in course work, in particular in realistic work situations

  • The acquisition of further relevant knowledge and skills, and insight into practical situations in the field of work

  • Intensive acquaintance with a relevant field of research or work

  • Learning to function independently and responsibly in an organization (professional attitudes)

  • Gaining insight into one’s own potential and limitations, both with regard to skills and with regard to personal functioning

Mode of instruction

Students agree with the internship institution on how long the internship will last and how many days per week the student will work at the internship institution. This should amount to at least 380 hours. The remaining 40 hours (15 EC equals 420 hours) should be used for attending internship meetings and writing an internship plan, interim evaluation report and final evaluation report.


At the end of your internship period, your internship tutor will determine your final grade. This grade is based on:
1. The assessment advice of your internship supervisor
2. The quality of the assignments you handed in and your participation in internship meetings
3. The quality of your internship report and/or final product. All parts should be assessed as at least satisfactory


Additional information can be found on the Brightspace site of the course ‘Internship Parenting and Child Development’.

Reading list

Literature to be studied depends on the actual activities, and will be made available through the researcher or internship organization.


Enrollment via the co-ordinator.

NB The exam of this course is your final evaluation report. This means that you do not have to register yourself for this exam in uSis.

Contact information

[Dr. S.M.C. van der Veek ] ( coordinates the internships.

For general information on internships and advice in the search process, please contact the Internship Bureau