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Master Internship: Heritage and Museum


Admission requirements

Admission to the Master Archaeology programme, specifically the Heritage and Museum Studies track.


In this internship you will apply and improve your previously acquired skills, preferably within a professional context of Heritage and Museum Studies.
The internship provides a much-needed practical component to complement the more theoretical aspects of the Master programme.

The internship involves a small practical project of at least 15 working days, and can take various forms: internship at a museum, research-based project on museum, collection, or heritage topic, policy advice, heritage management, outreach, etc.

Before the start of the internship, you will write a feasible work proposal, which has to be approved by the course coordinator and internship provider before the internship can take place.

An important component of the internship is to gain more practical experience within the chosen field.
However, it is also essential that you learn to make your own decisions. You will critically reflect upon the practical activities, and place these in a wider comparative framework (be it theoretically, methodologically or regionally), as well as contextualise the importance of the activities, and evaluate how this experience affects your own development in the chosen field. This will be part of the requirements for the internship report.

Course set-up

Practical training of at least 15 working days in a professional context.

Course objectives

  • Ability to write a feasible work plan, containing a methodological framework, clear research questions, and a demonstration of how to operationalise the research questions;

  • Learning how to apply advanced practical skills, including a critical interpretation and view on the chosen methods (if applicable to your internship);

  • Ability to understand and critically review the relevance of archaeology, museums, and heritage in present-day society;

  • Ability to understand and critically review the legal and social context and obligations of a project, company, municipality, governmental agency or museum;

  • Ability to critically evaluate the operationalising of a research project;

  • Gaining (more) experience (under supervision) in working in a professional environment;

  • Ability to successfully and independently carry out a project within a limited period of time;

  • Ability to write an academic report on the results, describing the activities and why certain choices were made, and critically reflect on the results and operationalisation of the research questions, also in a broader, multidisciplinary context and in the context of your own academic development;

  • Ability to work in a professional team;

  • Enhancing your employability by increasing practical skills needed for a future job.


Course schedule details can be found in MyTimetable.
Log in with your ULCN account, and add this course using the 'Add timetable' button.

Mode of instruction

One meeting before starting the internship to discuss the expectations of both parties. The internship provider will coach the student, the supervisor will assess the final report.
Halfway through the internship: check-in by the student by email to evaluate if the internship is progressing according to plan.

Course load

  • 15 working days internship (4.5 ec);

  • Internship proposal and reflective report (0.5 ec).

Assessment method

  • Work proposal (10%);

  • Evaluation of the practical skills (50%);

  • Internship report (40%).

A retake consists of an improvement of the internship report within 3 weeks after you received the grade of the first submission. This new grade will have a maximum grade of 7.0.

Assessment deadlines

All assessment deadlines (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in MyTimetable.
Log in with your ULCN account, and add this course using the 'Add timetable' button. To view the assessment deadline(s), make sure to select the course with a code ending in T and/or R.

The report needs to be handed in after 6 working weeks of the last internship day.

Reading list

Not applicable.


Registration in uSis is mandatory. You can register for this course until 5 days before the first class.

Registration in uSis automatically leads to enrollment in the corresponding Brightspace module. Therefore you do not need to enroll in Brightspace, but make sure to register for this course in uSis.

You can use the study activity number in the timetable for registration.


For more information about this course, please contact dr. M. (Mariana) de Campos Françozo.


Compulsory attendance during the internship.