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Internship Child and Family Science


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

Admission requirements



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

Research Internship
The student participates in an ongoing research project of program group Parenting, Child Care and Development. Depending on the research project, students will be involved in various practical aspects of doing research, such as the recruitment of participants, the actual data collection in the lab/home setting/clinic/child care setting, coding video-material, etc. The student’s work will be performed under supervision of a qualified staff member.
The choice of project and content of the research internship takes place in consultation with the coordinator. 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. The internship ca be combined with the Master’s project.
When there is a new opening for participation in a research project this will be announced to students via Blackboard.

Practical internship
The activities at an external organization should focus on the work of Child and Family Science 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

Students are allowed to search for their own practical internship; new openings will be placed on Blackboard as well. If students find their own practical internship, they need to contact the coordinator to make sure the internship fits the standards of the Master’s program. The specific content of the internship (assignment) will be put in writing in the form of a contract. Supervision will be provided by the external organization.

More information is available on the website of the Internship Bureau 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 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.

Mode of instruction

Research internships are supervised by one of the researchers performing the project students are involved in; the coordinator of the internships is the internship tutor. Practical internships are supervised by a supervisor at the internship organization, and a tutor from the program group Parenting, Child Care and Development, Leiden University.


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.


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.

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

Dr. S.M.C. van der Veek .

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