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Internship Educational Science


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


The internship provides students with the opportunity to learn about a variety of approaches and methods that are used in the field of Educational Science, and to prepare for future positions in this field. Students can choose to work as an educational expert at an external organization (Practical Internship) or participate in an ongoing research project at the Programme Group Educational Science or at an external (academic) organization (Research Internship).

Practical internship
An internship at an external organization could take place in a diversity of settings and institutions relevant to the field of Educational Science, such as schools, museums, governance bodies, developers of educational materials and educational advice services. The practical internship provides students with the opportunity to build professional experience in an educational setting.

Research Internship
Students can also choose to do a research internship, either by participating in ongoing research at the University’s Educational Science Programme group or at an external organization. The research internship provides the student with the opportunity of designing, executing and reporting (practical) research in the field of Educational Science.

Students are allowed to search for their own internship or by applying to vacancies that are posted on Brightspace. Internships have to be approved by the internship programme co-ordinators before they start to ensure they fit the standards of the Master’s program. Day-t0-day supervision will be provided by the external organization; a tutor from the University will oversee the general progress of the internship and assess internship reports and presentations.

Course objectives

The general objectives of an 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 work field;

  • 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.

Time table

For the timetable of this course please refer to MyTimetable

Mode of instruction

Students decide with the internship institution 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 420 hours (15 EC equals 420 hours). Within these hours students are also required to participate in monthly intervision meetings, write an internship plan, an interim evaluation report and a final evaluation report. Both at one third and at the end of the internship, an evaluation meeting takes place with the internship supervisor (from the organization) and the internship tutor (from the university).

Assessment method

The internship is concluded with a final report. This report contains:

  • A description of the project or assignment executed during the internship, and a critical analysis of the approaches, methods and models used.

  • A reflection on the professional development: learning experiences during the internship given the learning objectives, the work situation, work tasks and one’s activities and performance during these activities.

The final grade of the internship is based on:
1. The evaluation of the internship supervisor
2. The quality of the internship report and internship product(s)
3. Participation in group meetings

All parts should be assessed as at least satisfactory. The internship program is concluded by a final presentation about the internship during a group meeting.


During this course Brightspace is used.

Reading list

Depending on the subject of study.


Students must register themselves for all course components (lectures, tutorials and practicals) they wish to follow. You can register via My Studymap up to 5 days prior to the start of the course.

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

Contact information

Co-ordinator is Dr. L.J. van den Bosch and Dr. L. van Leijenhorst

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