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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



Students are asked to perform a research internship, in which they can apply their acquired knowledge on neuroscience in the context of a research project. Often, the research project is part of ongoing research projects within the Institute of Education and Child Studies. Students will be offered to write their thesis and complete their internship within the same research project. 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. After receiving a list of available research projects in either September/October or February, students can list their preferences. The available places and preferences are then matched, so that the students can start their internship by November or March.

Students who want an external Research Internship instead, can pursue an internship position outside the Institute. Students are expected to find an internship position themselves in that case. Students can choose to approach researchers of other (research) institutions. There are two conditions that should be met before starting an external Research Internship. Firstly, approval by the internship tutor, who will determine whether the proposed research internship fulfils the study programme’s learning outcomes. Secondly, there should be ethical approval of the research project. In the event that the external research internship is not accepted, students will need to find an alternative internship position or have to wait until the next round of applications to start an internal internship position.

The Research Internship is an ‘on-the-job’ training in doing research, with a focus on getting experienced with the data of using neuroscience methods and techniques. Depending on the research project, these methods and techniques range from cognitive paradigms, EEG/ERP, MRI, heart rate, skin conductance, and neuroendocrine measures to eye tracking.

The Research Internship involves a supervisor (the researcher, who supervises the practical part of the internship) and a tutor. The tutor organizes regular meetings with all students who are doing a Research Internship, and will encourage students to reflect critically on their learning process. The tutor will also check whether the internship plan has sufficient depth and will assess the internship report at the end of the internship.

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 Internship 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, the internship tutor will determine the final grade. This grade is based on:
1. The assessment advice of the internship supervisor
2. The quality of the assignments the student handed in and their participation in internship meetings
3. The quality of the internship report.

All parts should be assessed as at least satisfactory.


During this course Brightspace is used.

Reading list

Depending on the topic.

Contact information

For information on the research internship please contact Dr. C.E. Bergwerff.

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