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Research Internship Applied Neuroscience in Human Development


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

Admission requirements



The Research Internship is in general directly linked to the ongoing research projects within one of the lines of research of the Institute of Education and Child Studies. Students will often write their thesis and complete the Research Internship within the same research project. The Research Internship is an ‘on-the-job’ training in doing research, with a focus on getting experienced with using neurocognitive methods and techniques for data collection and data analysis. Depending on the ongoing projects in the Institute of Education and Child Studies, these methods and techniques range from cognitive paradigms, EEG/ERP, MRI, heart rate, skin conductance, neuroendocrine measures to eye tracking.

Students can register for a research project within the Institute of Education and Child Studies twice a year: at the beginning of the first semester and at the beginning of the second semester. The available places and preferences are then matched, so that the students can start their Research Internship within one of the internal research projects.

Students who want an external Research Internship instead, can pursue an internship position outside the Institute. Students are expected to find an internship position themselves in that case. Students can choose to approach researchers of other (research) institutions. There are two conditions that should be met before starting an external Research Internship. Firstly, approval by the internship tutor, who will determine whether the proposed research internship fulfils the study programme’s learning outcomes. Secondly, there should be ethical approval of the research project. In the event that the external research internship is not accepted, students will need to find an alternative internship position or have to wait until the next round of applications to start another project.

The Research Internship involves a supervisor (the researcher, who supervises the practical part of the internship) and a tutor. The tutor organizes regular meetings with all students who are doing a Research Internship, and will encourage students to reflect critically on their learning process. The tutor will also check whether the internship plan has sufficient depth and will assess the internship report at the end of the internship.

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

Course objectives

The general objectives of the 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


For the Research Internship it is highly encouraged to start with the ANHD Master's specialisation in September considering the relevant courses that precede the Research Internship.

In general, the Research Internship begins in November, after completing the courses in the first block. The Research Intership consists of 280 hours (1o EC) of internship activities. Students may discuss the timing of their research activities and start and end dates with their supervisor.

Mode of instruction

Students participate in ongoing research and will be supervised by a supervisor and a tutor. Student and supervisor meet regularly to discuss the project. The tutor organizes regular meetings with all internship students of the ANHD Master’s specialisation.

Assessment method

At the end of your internship period, the internship tutor will determine the final grade. This grade is based on:
1. The assessment advice of the internship supervisor
2. The quality of the assignments the student handed in and their participation in internship meetings
3. The quality of the internship report.

All parts should be assessed as at least satisfactory.


During this course Brightspace is used.

Reading list

Depending on the topic.


Students must register themselves for all course components (lectures, tutorials and practicals) they wish to follow. You can register via My Studymap up to 5 days prior to the start of the course.

It is mandatory for all students to register for each exam and to confirm registration for each exam in My Studymap. This is possible up to and including 10 calendar days prior to the examination. You cannot take an exam without a valid pre-registration and confirmation in My Studymap.

NB If the exam concerns a paper or a practical assignment, you do not need to register in My Studymap.

Carefully read all information about the procedures and deadlines for registering for courses and exams.

Contact information

For information on the research internship please contact Dr. S.C.J. Huijbregts.

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