Students need to do a mandatory internship of at least 10 credits. There are various ways to fulfill an internship. Most students find an internship of their choice in a professional institution in the region. The internship coordinator may have a list of addresses of institutions that have offered internships in the past.
Within the professional institution, a qualified staff member will be responsible for the daily supervision of the student. In most cases, an internship contract has to be signed by the student, the staff member and the supervisor in the professional institution in order to formally describe the mutual agreement about the internship requirements.
Some students prefer to do their internship within the university setting, for instance by participating in an ongoing research project or by teaching bachelor students in a training course on interpersonal and professional skills.
In all cases, a staff member of the university will supervise the internship on an individual basis or in group meetings. As part of the intake procedure of the internship within the university, the university staff member will make clear the criteria for his or her final assessment of the internship.
An internship in a Dutch professional institution is only available for students who master the Dutch language sufficiently. International students are strongly advised to look for possibilities for internships in their home country or in an English speaking country. Internships for English speaking students in the Netherlands are very scarce. The Master specialisation can not guarantee the availability of internships. The Master specialisations Clinical Psychology and Health Psychology offer individual or groupwise internship arrangements for international students.
Students of the Master specialisations Clinical Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Health Psychology and Child and Adolescent Psychology can extend their internship to an Clinical Internship of 20 credits. This is to practise professional skills, to optimize their career opportunities and their chances of application for a postmaster training in Heath Care. As part of such an internship of 20 credits, the subject “Organisational, Juridical and Ethical Aspects of Health Care” has to be addressed as part of the final report on the internship.
Students of the Master specialisations Clinical Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Health Psychology and Child and Adolescent Psychology can apply for supervision on psycho diagnostic cases during their internship to obtain the Basis Aantekening Psychodiagnostiek, a Dutch registration. The supervision on psycho diagnostic cases starts preferably during the internship but has to start within a month after the ending of the internship and while the student is enrolled in the university. See for procedure the specific information of the specialisation on this subject publicized on Blackboard.
Internship coordinator of the Master specialisation.
In the internship, students learn to:
apply their knowledge
understanding and problem solving abilities in a new and unfamiliar task environment within a broader (or multi-disciplinary) context related to their field of specialisation.
integrate knowledge and handle complexity by formulating judgements with incomplete or limited information.
These judgments should reflect social and ethical responsibilities.
The internship may also provide an opportunity to learn how to communicate their judgements (and the knowledge and rationale underpinning these judgments) clearly and unambiguously to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
For Dutch students in the Clinical Internship the required reading is:
Boot, J.M.D.(2007) Organisatie van de gezondheidszorg , ISBN 9789023242932 (verkrijgbaar bij Labyrint)
For both Dutch and international students the ethical code of the Dutch Association of Psychologists or the American Association of Psychologists is required reading for the internship:
The student writes an internship report. Assesment by a university staff member and, if applicable, by the daily supervisor in the institute where the internship has taken place. The final assessment is by the university staff member based on a set of evaluation criteria specific for the Master specialisation of the student.
For the Clinical Internship of 20 ec the student has to address ethical, organisational and legal aspects of health care in his or her internship report. Information on this can be found in the paper Ethical Organisational and Legal Aspects in Health Care
Requirement(s) for application
The mandatory courses of the Master specialisation.
Training under daily supervision of a qualified staff member in the professional institute and supervision by a staff member from the university.
Via internship coordinator of the Master specialisation. In most cases the student writes an application to the organisation.