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Policy Oriented Research Internship


Admission requirements

Only students who are admitted to the master’s programme Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, specialisation Sociology of Policy in Practice can take part in this course.

Before starting the Policy Oriented Research Internship, the following conditions have to be met:

  1. Proficiency of of language has to be approved by the supervisor
  2. The Research Proposal has to be completed and graded sufficient by the supervisor.
  3. A Letter of Liability has to be sent to the coordinator of studies.
  4. A Pre-departure form has to be sent to the coordinator of studies.


A list research topics is available on our website, tab Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology (MSc), Policy in Practice research internships.

During the Policy Oriented Research Internship students have the opportunity to work on an individual three-month research project at a NGO, government agency, small or large-scale company, museum or knowledge institute, either in the Netherlands or abroad.

Some internships are offered in combination with one of the three field-schools that are organised and directed by the Institute of CA-DS in The Netherlands, Indonesia (Java), or Ghana.
Although the research practicalities are organised collectively, each student carries out his/her own individual research within these three general areas. Departmental staff supervises the preparation for research as well as the research itself, by visiting the student at location. The Institute of CA-DS also arranges contact with the appropriate local authorities, arranges research permission and affiliation, and, in most cases, the accommodation of students in the research area. Subsequently, institute’s staff supervise the processing and reporting on field data.

Financial matters

Arranging an Internship can be a costly endeavour for the student, as it will usually involve travel and the costs of additional accommodation. These expenses are not covered by the tuition fee for the master's programme.

To ease the financial strain various funds can be applied for:

  • Funds, made available by our external partners within some research projects.

  • Scholarships & grants offered by Leiden University.

  • Funds from the home country (in case of international students).

Also check the university's website for other practical matters regarding studying abroad and the website of the institute of CA-DS


January, February, March 2019 for students starting in September 2018.
April, May, June 2019 for students starting in February 2019.


Throughout the internship three reports have to be written:
Report 1: Operationalisation during the internship, to be submitted to the supervisor after 3 weeks after start of the internship.
Report 2: Reflection on the internship experience, to be submitted to the supervisor after 6 weeks after start of the internship.
Report 3 (final): Preliminary Analysis/Interpretation of the data.

The internship is rated a “V” (pass) or "ONV" (fail) based on performance in the research setting.


MSc coordinator Dr. Erik de Maaker