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Internship Child and Family Studies


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

Admission requirements



The internship provides an excellent opportunity to learn about a variety of approaches and methods (e.g. observation) that are used in Child and Family Studies. The student can either participate in an ongoing research project at the department of Child and Family Studies (Research Internship) or choose a practical position at an external organization (Practical Internship). The latter should focus on the work of Child and Family Studies.

Research Internship
The student participates in an ongoing research project of the department of Child and Family Studies. Dependent on the research project, students will be involved in the recruitment of participants, the actual data collection in the lab, home setting, clinic, or child care setting under supervision of a qualified staff member.
The research internship and choice of project take place in consultation with the co-ordinator. The specific research participation tasks will be put in writing in the form of a contract.
The internship can begin at any point during the academic year, but the timing will also depend on the availability of openings in a research project and on capacity of supervisors. In many cases the internship is offered in combination with the Master’s project.
When there is a new opening for participation in a research project and there are no applications from students on file, the opening will be announced to the students via Blackboard and U-mail.

Practical internship
The activities at an external organization should focus on the work of Child and Family Studies and can involve diverse fields, such as:

  • training in and carrying out interventions;

  • planning assistance globally and team supervision;

  • encouraging professionalism in practical work situations;

  • policy

Choice of and activities within both the Research Internship and Practical Internship take place in consultation with the co-ordinator.

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 situaties 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.

Achievement levels: 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18.



Mode of instruction

The internship is supervised by a supervisor of the department of Child and Family Studies and, if applicable, a supervisor at the internship organization.

Assessment method

The internship concludes with a brief report on the work performed and literature studied. Concise guidelines for the report are included in the contract.

Final evaluation: determined by the university supervisor, based on:

  • student report

  • qualitative evaluation of the supervisor of the internship organization


Additional information can be found on the Blackboard site of the course ‘Internship Child and Family Studies’.

Reading list

Literature to be studied depends on the actual activities, and will be made available through the researcher or internship organization.


Enrollment via the co-ordinator.

Contact information

Dr. D.J.G. Arnoldus.