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Research Master Social Sciences

The internship will be conducted in the first semester of the second year. The aim of the internship is to gain experience in doing research in the field of social sciences in an on-going research project.

For students doing the Empirical-Analytical methods specialisation and for those students of the Mixed Methods specialisation with secondary data analysis, they are required to do an internship for 12 EC, which is equivalent to 336 hours (or approximately 8 weeks). For those students doing fieldwork, they will be conducting the internship for 9 EC, which is equivalent to 252 hours (or approximately 6 weeks). Students doing fieldwork have the possibility to replace the internship with extra fieldwork. Contact your study adviser to discuss this.

Choosing the Internship Supervisor

You are responsible for arranging the internship yourself, which means you have to start thinking early on in the second semester of the first year under whose supervision you want to conduct the internship. Two considerations come to mind when choosing your internship superviser. On the one hand, the topic of the internship is generally closely associated to one of your substantive research interests. In this case, the internship will assist you in further exploring your research interest or aspects of that before starting with, for instance, the thesis project. On the other hand, you could also choose the internship superviser based on the methodological tradition he or she is working in. This will allow you to gain experience in using some of the methods you are considering of using later, for instance in the thesis project. In the ideal case these considerations overlap.

Although you are responsible for arranging the internship, the specialisation tutor can help with finding a suitable internship superviser. Besides the specialisation tutor, the AISSR website is also useful, for it specifies which staff members are working in what research programmes, as well as the personal pages of staff members on the university website, which give information on their research interests and what they are currently working on.

Bear in mind that whatever the substantive theme or methodology of the internship will be, the overall purpose is to familiarize you with the substantial part of the research cycle. This should be the main consideration when looking for an internship and you should make sure that this will be guaranteed by the superviser. Thus, the main importance of the internship proposal lies in documenting the agreements made between you and your superviser regarding the planned activities during the internship.

It is also possible to do the internship outside the AISSR; either at a different research institute, university, or at another organization. In that case, please get in touch with Bram Lancee, the internship coordinator for external internships. It will take more effort to secure agreement, because the assessment of equivalence to an internship at the UvA depends on how detailed the internship proposal will be. In case of an external internship, Bram Lancee will also assign a UvA staff member that will be involved in your internship supervision.

Some examples of external internships can be found in the list below.

If you're doing an internship outside of the Netherlands, there might be possibilities for funding. You can find more information at, and the website of the Amsterdam Alumni Fund.

List of external RMSS internships

The Internship Proposal

Instrumental to securing agreement for your internship is the internship proposal, which functions as a sort of contract between you, the internship superviser and the specialisation tutor. It gives the details of what the substantive theme will be, what the relevance is of doing this particular internship for your curriculum and what the planned activities are. The internship proposal will be written in dialogue with the internship superviser. The internship proposal requirements can be found in the template, which can be downloaded below.  

Internship Proposal Template

Handing in the proposal

The internship proposal needs to be approved by the internship superviser and the specialisation tutor. When your internship proposal is approved, the internship proposal needs to be filled out and signed by you, the internship superviser and the specialisation tutor and send to: In case of an external internship, your proposal needs to be signed by the internship coordinator as well.

Besides securing agreement on the internship proposal, you have to formally register for the internship in SIS-UvA during the course registration in the second half of June. Without both these requirements fulfilled, you cannot start the internship.

The Internship Report

The internship will be completed with the writing of an internship report.

The student writes an internship report. The report should consist of three elements:

  • a description of the research institute and the tasks carried out during the internship
  • a description of the student's 'product' during the internship - the research input, a report, etc. - the product can be attached in an appendix
  • an evaluation by the student of the value of the internship, problems encountered, a reflection on the internship, etc.

The internship report is an official examination and therefore needs to be written in English and should be more or less 7 pages (depending on bibliography and/or appendices).

The report should be assessed by the internship superviser. To this purpose (s)he fills out the grade slip for the course, not with a grade, but simply a stamp of completion (an A.V.V. = aan voorwaarden voldaan). It needs to be sent by the internship superviser to The report should also be handed in with the UvA staff member in case of an internship outside of the AISSR. The internship report has te be handed in before the start of semester 4.

In case of an internship external to the UvA, the grading is done by the specialisation tutor in dialogue with the internship superviser. Note that this will require an extra effort to finish the course, because the specialisation tutor and the internship superviser have to find time to properly discuss the internship report.

The final result of the Internship report should be filled out by the internship superviser at the SW grade sheet. The signed grade sheet needs to be sent to In case of an external internship the specialisation tutor has to sign the SW grade sheet.