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Individual Internship (NGO, Museum, etc.)


Admission Requirements

Only students CADS who have completed their propaedeutic phase are eligible for an internship. It is recommended that students also complete the second year course, Fieldwork NL.


An internship is a learning period during which the student carries out a specific, predefined task within an organization and for that organization. The internship task must be academic in nature, that is to say it must appeal to the intellectual skills and anthropological knowledge of the student, and must fit the student’s plans for a future career at large. The internship can be honoured within the bachelor’s programme CADS as an elective course/component of 10-20 ECTS under the name 'internship at (name of organization)'.

In principle, students will organize their internship or internships will be announced via the bulletin board opposite Rooms 3A23 and 3A25, or via the Institute’s website, or Brightspace, or via the Itiwana website, or the website of the Anthropologists Professional Association (ABv [Antropologen Beroepsvereniging]).

The internship may be carried out either in the Netherlands or abroad.

Course Objectives

The course objectives are:

  • Learning how knowledge and skills from the CADS study can be applied to a concrete work situation.

  • Learning how academic skills and social science research can be applied in the labour market.

  • Linking the internship to personal learning objectives and competences and personal career ambitions.


NB. For forms for the internship plan and internship report, please contact the internship coördinator.

To complete the 'internship' course, the following components must be completed:

  • In advance, an internship plan of 1 to 2 pages must be submitted to the internship coordinator. This plan must meet the internship requirements (see below) and contain the following elements:
  1. name of the organization, with description of the activities of the organization
  2. period/duration of the internship, stating the number of hours per week (full-time / part-time)
  3. indication of availability within the organization of a physical workplace,
  4. name of the internship supervisor within the organization
  5. internship assignment: description with explanation of the academic element. NB: Based on this, the internship coordinator will find a staff member who will supervise the internship on behalf of the institute and to whom a final report must be submitted
  6. A short explanation of how the internship connects to the CADS programme as well as how it contributes to the personal development relevant to a CADS student, and how the internship makes a meaningful contribution to the organization
  • After approval of the internship plan, the student will elaborate the academic element into a research proposal (of at least three pages) which will be assessed by the supervisor. The research proposal must be written and approved least 3 weeks before the internship starts. Exceptions to this rule may be made only in exceptional cases and only with the express approval of the internship coordinator.

  • Students on internship outside the Netherlands must submit a liability form to the exchange coordinator after approval of their internship plan.

  • The internship coordinator and the supervisor jointly decide on the length of the internship and the number of ECTS to be awarded on completion. A 20 ECTS internship is based on three months of full-time appointment (38-40 hours per week), or six months part-time appointment (18-20 hours per week).

  • After the internship a copy of an internship report must be submitted to the internship coordinator, who will assess the formal aspects of the internship, and the supervisor will award a grade. The report must contain three elements: a chronological report of all activities undertaken (e.g. per week), plus a reflection on the internship itself (of approximately five pages), the academic element (a research report of at least three pages), a letter signed by the internship supervisor stating that the student has carried out duties satisfactorily.

Internship Requirements for the organization providing the internship

  • An organization willing to offer both a physical workplace at the organization and a concrete internship assignment. There must be a formal internship supervisor within the organization who will be responsible for the progress of the internship and will guarantee that the internship includes an academic element, which means that at a major part of the time will be spent working on a study relevant to the internship organization. The research results must also be included in the internship report.

  • If the trainee works in a team with other interns on a project, this must be reported in advance.

  • It is recommended that an internship contract be agreed with the organization, to define tasks, working hours, mutual expectations, possible internship allowance, etc.

  • The internship must last three months.

Financial Support

Students on internship abroad can claim various grants and funds. For information, please see the relevant page of the website.


For this study component, registration takes place via the internship coördinator and not via uSis.


Internship coördinator