Looking for talented students?

Our students are also looking, maybe for an organisation like yours! Students look for interesting opportunities to do their thesis research projects and internships. Our students specialize in the areas of strategic communication, and knowledge, technology and inclusive innovation, in the Netherlands and abroad. If your organisation matches these interests, there might be opportunities for collaboration.

There are three possibilities: a bachelor thesis (8 weeks, predominantly literature study), a master thesis (3-6 months, full research), and a master internship (at least 4 months). Find more elaborate information for each option below.

BSc thesis

The BSc thesis is the final part of a bachelor study program and generally lasts 8 weeks (most students do this in May-June). Students have to study, in most cases by means of a literature review, a subject in the field of strategic communication, and knowledge, technology and inclusive innovation, and prove to have sufficient knowledge to critically analyse and summarise the given topic. A bachelor thesis can thus provide answers to questions that require a systematic review or overview of literature within a reasonably short time-span.

Students of a number of study programmes (A) can do their BSc thesis with CPT. If you have a relevant topic for a literature study that relates to one of the study programmes, we can share this on our KTI and COM Bachelor thesis websites. Please include a clear title, background to the literature study (organisation, project, topic) and the research question/topic. Students are supervised by their WUR supervisor(s) and the role of the organisation can be discussed but is generally limited. 

MSc thesis

The MSc thesis is the final part of a master study program. During a three to six month period - under close supervision of a CPT staff member - students will engage in a full research cycle. The research concerns real-life problems with societal relevance. The results can also be translated into practical recommendations.

Students of a number of study programmes can be supervised by CPT staff. If you have a relevant topic that relates to one of the study programmes, we can share this on our KTI and COM Master thesis websites. Please include a clear title/topic, background to the study (organisation, project, topic), research question/topic, type of research activities (quantitative, qualitative, desk research, evaluation, etc.), and kind of student you are looking for (study programme, skills, etc.). Also provide practical information (starting date, preferred language, location/ country, and supervisor(s)/contact person). Students are supervised by their WUR supervisor(s). The organisation providing the research topic is involved through hosting the student, organising logistics and access to the study site, and, providing day-to-day guidance and supervision.

MSc internship

In order to pursue a professional career, it is important for students to gain experience through an internship. An internship is a period of supervised work – usually at least four months – in a company or organisation. The work should be at the academic level and can include research activities or involvement in projects that can be linked to the students’ academic skills and/or knowledge.

Students are supervised by a supervisor (with an academic degree) in the host organisation on their tasks and projects as well as on their personal development. The WUR supervisor is particularly involved in formulating the internship’s learning outcomes and the assessment, whereas the day-to-day supervision is done by the host organisation.

Students of a number of study programmes (B) can be supervised by CPT staff. If you have a relevant assignment for an internship that relates to one of the study programmes, we can share this on our KTI and COM Master internship websites. Please include a clear title/topic, background to the study (organisation, project, topic), type of internship activities/tasks, kind of student you are looking for (study programme, skills, etc.), and what you can offer the student. Also provide practical information (starting date, length (months), preferred language, location/country, and supervisor(s)/contact person in the organisation).

For more information, please contact Joanne Leerlooijer (education.cpt@wur.nl).