The internship is a compulsory part of the study at the Wageningen University and is scheduled in the MSc programme. Below you will find frequently asked questions regarding internships.
1. What is the duration of an internship?
It is advisable to realize that student internships are internationally well known. However, most institutions are used to 6 months periods which would require a 39 ects period. Although many MSc programs require compulsory internships between 24 and 39 ects, shorter periods than 6 months will generally make you a less preferable candidate despite your CV and experience. A student is free to choose for a company, institute or university.
2. Does the Wageningen University arrange the internship?
No, it is the responsibility of the student to contact a possible placement. The internship coordinator will help you and can provide you with several options. Also some organisations can help you in finding a placement. (www.integrand.nl, www.wilweg.nl)
3. How do I arrange an internship?
Contact the internship coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org). Ask yourself what you prefer (domestic, abroad, duration, company, university, subject). Also visit the homepages of companies and universities on the internet. Prepare your CV and motivation letter in advance.
4. Is it advised to finish the MSc thesis first?
Yes, if you have done an MSc thesis before you are taking the internship, you will bring more experience (both personally and scientifically) and you have learned to work independently.
5. How long in advance it is advised to start the arrangements?
Usually 6 months but it depends on the internship placement. If you plan to go abroad, it is advised to start more than 6 month’s in advance, especially when you prefer to go to another continent or when visa are necessary. The visa procedures are often very time consuming (see also question 10). Internships within The Netherlands can be arranged on shorter term usually.
6. How do I contact?
The best way is to contact persons by e-mail after consulting Dr. Maria Forlenza or Prof.Dr. Huub Savelkoul. Through ordinary mail or fax is also possible. In all cases you have to include a CV in which you mention that you have finished and passed the MSc thesis. In addition mention your motivation why you want to fulfill your internship at the specific location. These are positive elements that generally are decisive. Remember that the good institutions are generally flooded by such requests.
7. Are grants available?
It is usually difficult to find grants. Sometimes there are options through EU programs, such as Erasmus/Socrates, Leonardo da Vinci, Food Atlantic. However, the Wageningen University is not permanently involved in all programmes.
The Student Grants programme is an initiative funded by CasaSwap.com, www.casaswap.com, a free, worldwide student housing service.
8. Which agreements have to be made with the internship placement?
Agreements about the following elements are necessary:
- start- and end date
- finishing written report (confidentiality?)
- allowance for travelling and housing
9. How are the rules about marking the internship?
A mark is based on the written report and the internship evaluation form (to be filled up by your supervisor). A Wageningen University appointed professor is the finally responsible supervisor also during your stay for the internship. Keep the supervisor updated by sending an e-mail regularly.
10. What are other relevant elements?
- Travelling insurance: Wageningen University pays for it after a statement by the internship coordinator.
- Visa: this is often a time consuming procedure. Usually you need an invitation letter from the internship company/university and a statement that you are registered as a university student and that the internship is an compulsory part of your study. Sometimes other statements are also required, like a financial statement, a statement of health or a statement of ‘good conduct’ (no contact with criminal or doubtful organizations).
- Health insurance: it is advisable to inform your health insurance company and to ask if you have world-wide coverage.
- OV jaarkaart (only for Dutch students): it is possible to pause the “OV jaarkaart” by filling in a standard form, available at the students registration office or through intranet.
- Before leaving: always inform your internship coordinator.
If there are still some questions or remarks please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Gosia Teodorowicz via CBIInternship@wur.nl.