Students need to do a mandatory internship of 10 credits. In four specialisations, mentioned below, students can extend the internship to 20 credits if they do a clinical internship.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, a staff member in the professional institution and the internship coordinator of the specialisation 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. This university staff member is responsible for the grading of the internship. 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. See for more information the pages per specialisation.
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 (Basic Qualification in Psycho Diagnostics), a Dutch registration of the Dutch Association of Psychologists. 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 still enrolled in the university. See for procedure the specific information of the specialisation on this subject publicized on Blackboard.
Students need to enroll for lectures and work group sessions. Please consult the Instructions registration
Students are not automatically enrolled for an examination. They can register via uSis from 100 to 10 calendar days before the date; students who are not registered will not be permitted to take the examination. Registering for exams
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. Assessment 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 ects the student has to address ethical, organizational 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 that are mentioned in the Course and Examination Regulations. Please note that every student is supervised and graded in only one internship of 10 or 20 credits.
Training under daily supervision of a qualified staff member in the professional institution or the university 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 organization.