The MSc internship at ANU provides you with an opportunity to broaden your scientific horizon and to strengthen your professional skills and attitude in an organisation outside Wageningen University. The internship provides you the opportunity to work outside Wageningen University at a host organisation in the Netherlands or abroad, e.g. a company, public institution, consultancy firm, research organisation, another university or non-governmental organisation, thereby broadening your academic horizon. The host organisation/work should be of sufficiently high academic standard to reflect the desired level of Wageningen graduates. During the internship you work on a defined research part and learn the “ins and outs” of the organization. The host-organisation provides a “taste” of potential future employment, new scientific knowledge and methods as well as new contacts. The learning outcomes of the internship are at least:
- apply knowledge and skills acquired during the course of study;
- execute certain professional skills better;
- work independently and with a feeling for the organisation;
- expand your professional network.
For your own convenience, carefully read the information below and in the document 'Internship information' that you can download at the bottom of this webpage and includes important general information including insurances and grants.
How to arrange an internship
An internship can only be conducted after having obtained your BSc degree or the approval of the BSc study coordinator and preferably prior to your major thesis. The length of the ANU internship should be equivalent to the time of 24 ECTS (4.2 months) as a minimum up to 39 ECTS.
At least 6 months before the intended start of your internship, ask the contact person of education (see website or Study Handbook) of our chair group of your interest whether they can provide you with some internship possibilities. Together with the contact person of education you discuss your ideas for an internship project at certain companies and/or countries or about specific topics and activities. Together you can discuss the feasibility of your ideas (academic quality, safety) and come with a strategy to reach out to the organisation and organise the internship. You may be directed to a colleague with specific expertise and network to accommodate your wishes and supervise you during the internship. The first contact with the host organisation will normally be initiated by the your ANU internship supervisor, after which you will arrange the internship in more detail with the supervisor at the host organisation directly. The ANU supervisor has final responsibility.
Before you leave to start your internship at the host institution you should have handed in a signed Internship contract at the ANU secretariat. The standard ANU internship contract can by found at the bottom of this page.
During your internship you are requested to remain in contact (email) with your ANU supervisor. Your supervisor at the host institution will be your first point of contact. However, should you need additional assistance for any reason, your ANU internship supervisor may be able to help you.
Prior to the internship, an internship contract is to be drawn up. This is to clearly define the responsibilities of the internship provider, the supervisor(s), the chair group, the field of work, the scope and duration of the internship, the method of reporting and assessment and, where applicable, particular arrangements concerning how the internship is to be carried out and reported. We use the contract you will find at the bottom of this page. For the sake of your own legal position, NEVER sign a contract from a company and leave discussions regarding the contract to your supervisor(s) of the university and company. The internship has to be carried out at an academic level: generally, the internship is performed within an academic environment in the field of work concerned. The internship will be evaluated by an ANU examiner according to the internship assessment form.
A report of the internship should be provided to your ANU internship supervisor on return to Wageningen University and should include the following information:
- name, subject, size (ECTS) and duration of the internship;
- a short report with technical information, including the mission statement of the host organization (max. 2 pages);
- a scientific report (in most cases) about the work conducted and the results/discussion of the research, comparable to a (small) thesis (report paper, max. 20 pages);
- an overview of your activities, impressions/opinions (self-reflection paper, max. 4 pages).
The report should always be written in English. The method of reporting may in some cases be in conflict with the interest of the internship provider. The internship provider may, in advance or on the basis of the results of your research, insist on a certain degree of confidentiality of the report. This needs to be agreed beforehand. Sensitive information can also be presented in an encrypted format. The chair group remains responsible for the education and satisfactory conclusion.
You will receive an individual mark for the ANU Internship based on your report and an assessment by the host organisation. Assessment of the internship will be done according to a standard form, the ANU internship assessment form: see below. The four main points of evaluation are:
- Professional skills (50% of final mark)
- Report paper (20%)
- Self-reflection paper (20%)
- Examination (10%)