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Research Internship Applied Neuroscience in Education and Child Studies


NB Language of instruction is English unless only Dutch-speaking students participate

Admission requirements



The research internship is an ‘on-the-job’ training in doing research, with a focus on getting experienced with using neuroscience methods and techniques (cognitive paradigms, EEG/ERP, heart rate, skin conductance, neuroendocrine measures, eyetracking) for data collection and data analysis.

Enrolling in a research project:
The Research Internship is directly linked to the ongoing research projects within one of the lines of research of the Institute for Education and Child Studies. Students will complete the Master’s project and the Research Internship within the same research project. The Research Internship involves a supervisor (the researcher, who supervises the practical part of the internship) and a mentor (who organizes group meetings on theoretical internship topics) . The coordinator announces which research projects are available for participation and students can register for one of these in November. For the Research Internship it is highly encouraged to start with the ANECS master in September considering the relevant courses that precede the Research Internship that starts in November (block II).

More information is available in the Prospectus Master’s Internship and on Blackboard.

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

1 Substantive knowledge

1.1 has profound knowledge of the various theories and methodological approaches common within the domain of one of the specialisations offered by the Master’s programme;
1.2 is able to analyse and conceptualise questions and problems in one of the specialisations offered by the Master’s programme;
1.3 has the capacity to identify a theoretical framework suitable for addressing problems and issues relevant for one of the specialisations offered by the Master’s programme;
1.4 has knowledge of models and methods of prevention and intervention relevant for one of the specialisations offered by the Master’s programme;
1.5 is acquainted with the professional field of the Master’s specialisation.

2 Research methods and statistics

2.1 is competent in methodological and technical research skills that are current in Education and Child Studies in general, and in the Master’s specialisation in particular;
2.2 is able to independently design, organise, and conduct research in one of the specialisations of the Masters’ programme;
2.3 is able to critically evaluate aspects of study design and methodology in empirical research.

3 Academic skills

3.1 describing and analysing practical and theoretical issues in human development from both a scientific and an ethical point of view;
3.2 analysing and evaluating scientific literature critically to establish its practical or theoretical relevance;
3.3 formulating a consistent line of reasoning, based on scientific arguments;
3.4 reporting orally and in writing on issues in human development both in an academic and in a professional context.

4 Professional conduct

4.1 connect scientific knowledge and insights to practical issues in human development;
4.2 analyse child-raising and/or educational issues and establish appropriate professional strategies;
4.3 collaborate with others and take responsibility in a professional team;
4.4 independently acquire new knowledge and insights relevant in a professional context;
4.5 reflect on his/her own learning process and substantiate choices.


To be announced.

Mode of instruction

Students participate in ongoing research and will be supervised by a researcher (supervising the practical part of the internship) and a mentor (who organizes group meetings on theoretica internship topics). Student and supervisor meet regularly to discuss the project. The mentor provides organized group meetings (including assignments), in which other research internship students participate as well.

Assessment method

At the end of your internship period, your internship tutor will determine your final grade. This grade is based on (1) the assessment advice of your internship supervisor, (2) the quality of the assignments you handed in and your participation in internship meetings, and (3) the quality of your internship report and/or final product. All parts should be assessed as at least satisfactory.


During this course Blackboard is used.

Reading list

Depending on the topic.


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

Contact information

Co-ordinator: Sophie van Rijn

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