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Internship BA3


Admission requirements

Bachelor Archaeology first year obtained, plus 30 ec from the remaining BA Archaeology programme.


This internship is meant to master your previously acquired skills to enhance your employability opportunities. You can choose between developing an advanced level of fieldwork skills at a Faculty project or an archaeological company, an internship at a museum or a governmental organisation, work on archaeological materials in a laboratory, or databases or GIS projects.

You need to find and arrange your own internship. Faculty research projects are excellent, but internships at commercial companies, museums, and other research institutes are very valuable working experiences as well.
You can schedule your fieldwork or internship in any period in which you do not have educational obligations, including January. But please note that exams and retakes have priority.

You can choose any project or company you would like to get more insight in, and where you want to build up experience with the workflow. However, you should make sure that the skills practised in the Internship BA3 have an added value to your previous field projects, and lead to a portfolio that shows experience in a diversity of type and level of skills.

The duration of the internship is at least 15 days of minimally 8 working hours (5 ec). Please note that an internship project that lasts longer than 15 days is only counted as 5 ec. The remaining credits will be stated on the diploma as extra-curricular.
Enroll in uSis for this course in order to be enrolled in the Brightspace module. This module will inform you about the general rules and regulations.

For more information about projects or about possibilities for an internship, please contact the internship region coordinators directly; they can advise you in detail about projects, professional companies, museums etc.
Names and contact information of the regional coordinators can be found in the Internship BA3 Brightspace module.

Course set-up

The following steps are necessary:

  • Register in uSis for this course;

  • Find an internship project in which you can participate;

  • In case of an external project: ask (written) permission of the region coordinator (not later than 6 weeks before the start of the internship);

  • Fill out the official internship agreement form (to be found on Brightspace) and have it signed by the internship provider and by the (regional) coordinator;

  • For (information about) the internship agreement and for internship guidelines, please see the Brightspace module;

  • During the project: make daily reports and ask the project leader to fill in the assessment form (to be found on Brightspace);

  • Upload the report, with the assessment form filled in by the project leader, within 6 weeks after the internship.
    Internships are only allowed outside the teaching schedules.

Course objectives

  • Gaining (more) experience in working in a professional environment;

  • Mastering practical archaeological skills including a critical interpretation of and reflection on methodology;

  • Understanding the relevance of archaeology and heritage in present-day society;

  • Understanding the legal and social context and obligations of a project or company;

  • Ability to report in accordance with the stated requirements in a well-structured academic internship report;

  • Ability to work in a professional team;

  • Enhancing your employability by increasing practical skills needed for a future job.


Not applicable.

Mode of instruction

Practical work.

Course load

  • 3 weeks of practical work (4.5 ec);

  • Internship report in which the academic/scientific and societal framework, data and analyses are accounted for. The report also includes a critical review of the internship (0.5 ec).

Assessment method

  • A sufficient level of acquired practical skills. This assessment is made by the internship supervisor (50%);

  • An internship report that complies with the Faculty standards of reports. Internship reports are graded by project leaders of Faculty projects or the internship region coordinator (50%);

The signed internship agreement form, and the daily reports for each internship day must be added as appendices of the internship report.
The daily reports will be used to assess the total number of internship days completed.

The internship will be report is due 4 weeks after the last day of the practical part of the internship.

The report can only be submitted when all internship days have been completed, and when the assessment by the internship provider has been added.

The report guidelines and evaluation rubric can be found in the Brightspace module.

A retake is only possible for the final report, in case of a grade of 5.0 or lower, and only if all other requirements have been met, including handing in the report before the deadline.

Reading list

To be discussed with internship provider.


Registration in uSis is mandatory. You can register for this course until 5 days before the first class.

Registration in uSis automatically leads to enrollment in the corresponding Brightspace module. Therefore you do not need to enroll in Brightspace, but make sure to register for this course in uSis.


For more information about this course, please contact dr. M.S. (Maaike) de Waal.


Compulsory attendance.