Within the programmes of the CSS and GSSS there are a few programmes that do offer the opportunity to carry out an internship as part of your curriculum, and in some programmes an internship is mandatory.
Students seeking to do an internship may do so as a part of their optional subjects.
An internship can significantly improve your chances of finding a good job after graduation, as it is an opportunity to gain useful work experience during your studies and put your academic knowledge to practical use.
The credits obtained through internships are subject to preconditions. For more information, see the Internship manual 2019-2020.
Please note: you will not automatically be awarded credits for all internships. Make sure to consult with your internship coordinator before starting on the internship in order to find out whether or not you will be eligible for credits (see the internship manual).
The master's programme is a dense academic programme which does not allow room for internships within the standard curriculum. In some cases a research internship can be made part of the programme.
A research internship at master's level can be awarded with study credits (9 ECTS). Generally a research internship is combined with an individual thesis (21 ECTS). Students who would like to follow this trajectory will have to start early to find a suitable internship and a supervisor and to make a solid and realistic study plan. Such a plan has to be discussed with the internship coordinator and approval of the exeption to the regular curriculum needs the approval of the Examinations board.
What is a research internship? A research internship is an internship during which a student writes a product (for instance a report) for the internship provider, on the basis of academic research performed by the student. In principle, this product as well as the collected data, the empirical part of the report or the analysis of the literature, should be part of the final thesis or will be further analysed in the thesis. The mutual relationship between internship and thesis will need to be defined in advance in the thesis proposal (to be approved by the thesis supervisor) and will need to be elaborated in the thesis. Regular academic standards regarding independence at defining and doing research will be guaranteed at all times.
Please see the manual for research internships and the thesis manual.
In the A-Z section information is available on requests to the Examinations Board and extra curricular internships. The thesis manual can be found in the article 'Thesis'.
The Master’s programme in Sociology offers the opportunity to carry out an internship as part of your curriculum. The internship can count as one elective (6 ECTS) and can be conducted in either the first or the second semester. An internship provides students not only with relevant working experience and the possibility to put theory from classroom into practice.
The internship in the Master’s programme has the following learning objectives:
The internship in the Master’s programme is different from the internship in the Bachelor’s programme. The main difference is that an internship as part of the Master’s programme needs to have a research component, as well a high level of independence and responsibility.
The following internship options are possible:
The research can for example be a literature study, analysing (existing) data or conducting interviews. The research as part of the internship can be related to the Master’s thesis. However, the research questions of the internship and Master’s thesis need to differ.
Master’s students who want carry out an internship as elective credits, are required to complete the other 6 EC of elective credits with an elective from their own track (students in English tracks) or with one of the electives in the master's in Sociology (students in the general track).
In the Internship manual you will find information on the learning objectives, requirements, contact details and other practical matters regarding doing an internship in the Master's programme in Sociology.
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 with a mandatory internship, 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).
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 supervisor. 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 supervisor 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 internship has to differ from the output of the thesis, 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.
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 substantive 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.
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: https://www.uva.nl/en/shared-content/studentensites/uva-studentensite/en/az/working-in-the-netherlands/work-and-internships-during-your-studies/work-and-internships-during-your-studies.html. 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 http://studyabroad.uva.nl/, and the website of the Amsterdam Alumni Fund.
Instrumental to securing agreement for your internship is the internship proposal, which functions as a 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.
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: https://uvasocialsciences.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cT6h7Ik029SXvTL. 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 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 following elements:
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 email@example.com. 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.
See UvA Job board for internships and vacancies for UvA students and alumni.
See the UvA Study Abroad website for more information about Internships & Research.