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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.

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

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. However, the output of the thesis has to differ from the output of the internship, so make sure to clearly describe what your output will be in your internship proposal.

Although you are responsible for arranging the internship, your  tutor can help with finding a suitable internship supervisor. Besides your 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 supervisor. Thus, the main importance of the internship proposal lies in documenting the agreements made between you and your supervisor regarding the planned activities during the internship.

External Internship

It is also possible to do the internship outside the AISSR; either at a different research institute of the UvA, another university, or at another organization. In that case, please get in touch with Bram Lancee, the internship coordinator for external internships. He acts as a central contact point for organisations who offer internships and advises students regarding external options. He will also help to find a staff member to supervise your internship. You will have to find an on-site supervisor, responsible for the substantial supervision, yourself. It will take more effort to secure agreement in case of an external internship, because the assessment of equivalence to an internship at the UvA by the staff member supervisor and external internship coordinator depends on how detailed the internship proposal will be. Some examples of external internships can be found in the list below.

List of external RMSS internships

International students and internships abroad

For students from non-EU/EEA countries, there are strict rules for doing an internship in the Netherlands during your studies. Apart from an approved internship proposal that all RMSS students need when they start their internship, non-EU/EEA and Croatian students need to arrange an extra internship contract in case they do an internship within the Netherlands: the Nuffic Internship agreement. You can find the agreement on the following website:

Please also check if you meet all conditions and requirements on the following page:

For all non-EU/EEA and Croatian students that will do their internship abroad, the same rules and conditions apply.

EU/EEA students with international Health insurance instead of Dutch basic health insurance, can keep this insurance during the length of their internship, there’s no need to change as long as you’ll get paid below the Dutch minimum wage. Liability insurance is strongly advised, and will be arranged by filling in the internship proposal form (below). For more information, see: For EU students that will do their internship abroad, the same rules and conditions apply.

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.

The Internship Proposal

Instrumental to securing agreement for your internship is the internship proposal, which functions as a sort of contract between you, the (on-site) internship supervisor and the specialisation tutor (faculty supervisor/external internship coordinator, in case of an external internship). 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 supervisor. The internship proposal requirements can be found in the template, which can be downloaded below.  

Internship Proposal Template

Handing in the proposal

After you've written the internship proposal, you need to arrange formal approval by filling in the online internship proposal form and uploading your proposal in the form. By filling in the form, a request for approval will be send automatically to the internship supervisor and the specialisation tutor (or faculty supervisor and external internship coordinator, in case of an external internship).

You can find the internship proposal form here: Make sure to have your proposal ready for upload before you start filling in the form.

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 Evaluation and Report

The internship will be completed with an evaluation/final discussion between you and your internship supervisor(s) and the writing of an internship report.

In the final discussion you and your supervisor(s) reflect upon the tasks carried out during the internship and the learning objectives you have previously formulated in your internship proposal. Other topics for the final discussion can be decided by you and your supervisor(s). The discussion will take around half an hour, and in case of an external internship your faculty supervisor is also involved (via Skype is a possibility).

The internship report, written by the student, should consist of the followingelements:

  • a description of the research institute and the tasks carried out during the internship (around one page);
  • a summaryof the student's 'product' during the internship (around half a page) – e.g. the research input, a report, etc. the product itself can be attached in an appendix;
  • an evaluation by the student on the research, value of the internships and the  problems encountered, (around two pages);
  • a reflection on the substantive learning objectives as formulated in the internship proposal (around one page);
  • a reflection on the personal learning objectives as formulated in the internship proposal (around one page);

Feedback from your internship supervisor (maximum half a page). The internship report is an official examination and therefore needs to be written in English, and should be more or less 6 pages (excluding bibliography and/or appendices).

The report is assessed by the internship supervisor. 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 downloaded (from the RMSS staff surfdrive) and sent by the internship supervisor to The report should also be handed in with the on-site supervisor and the faculty supervisor in case of an internship outside of the AISSR. For internships at ASCoR (Communication Science), a staff member supervisor might not be necessary. The internship coordinator will assess that per case.

 The internship report has te be handed in before the start of semester 4.