As a final part of the master program, an academic internship at the Operations Research and Logistics (ORL) group prepares students for a career in e.g. the management of supply chains, operations analytics and logistics development. Students either choose for a more research-oriented internship or a professional internship, depending on their own preferences. Supervised by one of our specialists, together with a representative of the company, our students work on one (or several) project(s) that require both academic level training and attitude and prepare for a kickstart on the labour market.
Graduates with initiative
Are you interested in exploring an internship supervised by ORL, or are you triggered after following (one of) our courses? Do not hesitate to send an e-mail to our internship coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) and fill this out intake form. You will receive an invitation for one of our bi-weekly, plenary internship intakes.
Note: we advise all our students to start looking for internships on time! Especially larger companies organize matching days even some five to six months in advance.
For further information on the master internship, please check our prerequisites, procedures and examples on the right.
The internship provides an opportunity to work outside WU at a host organisation, e.g. a company (consultancy firm, industry), a public institution, a research organisation, another university, or a non-governmental organisation.
The tasks you complete have to be of a sufficiently high standard to reflect the desired level of recent Wageningen graduates. You could, for example, work on a research project, a policy document, a communication plan, an evaluation report, a design, or education materials, to name a few.
Consult webpages of your favorite companies plus their LinkedIn;
Create an account on magnet.me;
Join Operations Research and Logistics (alumni, students and staff) LinkedIn on LinkedIn and stay updated on new opportunities;
Try and reach out to alumni students: ask how they arranged their internships;
Contact your network (e.g., friends, roommates, fellow students, neighbours, relatives);
Consult professional organizations that are specialized in arranging internships - such as Integrand - or providing support to students, such as Student Career Services.
You will work on one or more tasks/projects provided by the internship provider. You will have a position equal to a junior employee at an academic level. You can work on tasks leading to one main deliverable or on tasks leading to several deliverables. It is also possible that you contribute to joint deliverables in which the individual contributions are not clearly demarcated.
Research internships are completed with a ‘research report’. Professional internships are completed with a ‘context report’ (and deliverables of projects that have been part of your internship). In both cases, the reports are accompanied by reflection reports.