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Research Internship Applied Neuroscience in Human Development


NB Language of instruction is English unless only Dutch-speaking students participate

Admission requirements



The research internship is an ‘on-the-job’ training in doing research, with a focus on getting experienced with using neurocognitive methods and techniques for data collection and data analysis (N.B. depending on the ongoing projects in the departments these methods and techniques range from cognitive paradigms, EEG/ERP, MRI, heart rate, skin conductance, neuroendocrine measures and eye tracking).

Enrolling in a research project:
The Research Internship is in general directly linked to the ongoing research projects within one of the lines of research of the Institute of Education and Child Studies. Students will often complete the Master’s project and the Research Internship within the same research project.

The Research Internship involves a supervisor (the researcher, who supervises the practical part of the internship) and a tutor (who is involved in the theoretical part of your internship). The tutor organizes regular meetings and will encourage you to reflect critically on your learning process. The tutor will also check whether your internship plan has sufficient depth and she will assess your internship report at the end of the internship.

Students can register for a research project within the Institute of Education and Child Studies twice a year: at the beginning of the first semester and at the beginning of the second semester. The available places and preferences are then matched. Students will then be able to complete their Master’s project and research internship within this research project.

Students that desire a different internship position (instead of completing the research internship within the same project as the Master’s project), are expected to find an internship position themselves. You can choose to approach researchers within Leiden University or other (research) institutions. If you choose this option, you should be aware that you are taking on a greater responsibility for organizing the research internship.

There are also two conditions that you must satisfy before starting your research internship. Firstly, approval by the internship tutor, who will determine whether the proposed research internship fulfils the study programme’s learning outcomes. You must submit your internship proposal to the internship tutor yourself. Secondly, ethical approval of the research project. In the event that your research internship is not accepted, you will need to find an alternative internship position or have to wait until the next round of applications to start another project.

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


For the Research Internship it is highly encouraged to start with the ANHD Master's specialisation in September considering the relevant courses that precede the Research Internship.

In general, the Research Internship begins in November, after completing the courses in the first block. The Research Intership consists of 280 hours (1o EC) of internship activities. Students may discuss the timing of their research activities and start and end dates with their supervisor.

Mode of instruction

Students participate in ongoing research and will be supervised by a supervisor and a tutor. Student and supervisor meet regularly to discuss the project. The tutor organizes regular meetings with all internship students of the ANHD Master’s specialisation.

Assessment method

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. All parts should be assessed as at least satisfactory.


During this course Brightspace is used.

Reading list

Depending on the topic.


It is mandatory to register for each course via uSis. This applies to both the lectures and the working groups, even if they take place online. Without a valid registration in uSis you will not be able to participate in the course and you will not have access to the Brightspace module of the course.

In addition, it is also mandatory to register separately in uSis for each exam (i.e. both the first exam opportunity and, if necessary, the resit) in uSis. This also applies to partial examinations in a course. This is possible up to 10 calendar days prior to the exam. You cannot take the exam without a valid registration in uSis.

NB If the exam concerns a paper or a practical assignment, you do not need to register in uSis.

Carefully read all information about the procedures and deadlines for registering for courses and exams.

NB The exam of this course is a paper. This means that you do not have to register yourself for this exam in uSis.

Contact information

For information on the research internship please contact the internship tutor dr. C. Bergwerff.

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