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Doing the internship abroad

Of course you can also do the internship abroad. It is a good opportunity for an international experience. It could also be a stepping stone to another labour market. When arranging an internship abroad, there are a couple of things you should keep in mind.

  • Do you want to do your internship abroad in academic year 2021- 2022? (Coronavirus information)

    Individual internships and graduation projects abroad will not be cancelled in the academic year2021-2022. Individual internships and graduation projects abroad are possible under the condition that:

    • A positive travel advice must apply to the country in which the internship takes place.

    The reason for this is that the UvA cannot meet the duty of care and insurance coverage requirements if there is a negative travel advice.

    If students have returned to their country of origin and have found an internship or research project in their city of residence, then that can go ahead. If students have returned to their country of origin and found an internship or research project outside of their city of residence, this may conflict with local COVID-19 regulations. The internship can then only take place after consultation about possible consequences and after the student has explicitly exempted their study programme from the UvA’s duty of care. This guideline for internships and graduation projects applies to both compulsory and non-compulsory parts of the curriculum. 

    If you want to do your internship abroad in academic year 2021-2022, you will have to fill in this indemnification form below and send it to studyadviser-cs@uva.nl

  • It is important that you start looking in time, especially if you are going somewhere where you do not have personal contacts.
  • Use your network. Tell your peers, friends, lecturers and family members that you are looking for an internship abroad. Maybe there is someone with an interesting contact. This is a way to get ‘closer’ to a potential internship organisation.
  • The language of instruction of the internship does not have to be English, as long as you report about the internship and your research in English.
  • You will keep in contact with your internship supervisor through email and Skype instead.
  • Parallel to the internship there are two courses in the standard study plan: Communication Consultancy and Communication Ethics. You can take these courses while you are abroad. If you are planning to do this, please contact the study advisers.
  • Be sure to check the UvA study abroad website. There is a large section about doing an internship abroad.
  • If you are doing an internship in the European Union you might qualify for an Erasmus+ grant. For more information, go to studyabroad.uva.nl. For Communication Science Loes van Bekkum and Sanne Dobber are the contactpersons (international-office-cs@uva.nl).