Communication Science

Internships abroad

In the left menu, you will find the internship procedure, the regulations and the opportunities for internships abroad applicable to your study programme. For a number of study programmes, this information will be added soon.

Finding an internship abroad

It is of great importance for an internship abroad that you begin your search well in advance, even more so than for a ‘normal’ internship. Personal contacts can be very helpful, although there are students who succeed in getting an internship abroad via unsolicited applications. Please find below a number of tips:

Start in time (at least 6 months before the planned internship period)

Consider the fact that it can take a lot of time and effort to find an internship abroad. Therefore, set aside enough time for this. Arranging a visa and/or scholarships can also take up a lot of time, so check which documents you need well in advance and which deadlines have been set.

What appeals to you?

Think about what type of organisation you would like to do an internship with: a non-profit organisation, a commercial company, a research institute, a government organisation, etc. Put together a list of the top ten businesses/organisations where you would like to do an internship. Do they have an office abroad? Which country and language would you prefer?

Use your network

It is advisable to notify your own network that you would like to do an internship abroad. The best chance of finding an internship is often by word of mouth and you have the opportunity to clearly express your wishes. You might be able to get in touch with businesses or organisations that can offer you an attractive internship abroad via family, friends, fellow students, a part-time job, lecturers, etc.

Look at internship reports

The internship administration can provide you with old internship reports of fellow students who have done an internship abroad. At the Service and Information Centre, you can also examine reports of UvA students who did an internship abroad with the assistance of a grant (e.g. an Erasmus grant). You might come up with ideas for your search for an internship abroad by reading these reports.

Consult websites of Dutch embassies/consulates

Dutch embassies/consulates general sometimes offer internships to Dutch students. In addition, you can often find information there about Dutch businesses based in that country.

Look at the search possibilities on the UvA Study Abroad website:

If necessary, seek the help of an internship placement agency

You can also seek the help of an internship placement agency to find an internship abroad. Make sure you know exactly what such an agency can offer you. What does the agency offer precisely and how much does it cost? What do the packages consist of exactly? How long is the internship period offered through the agency? Does the agency offer sufficient internships related to Communication Science and do they meet the requirements the study programme has set for the internship? What are the chances of finding a suitable internship? You should, therefore, inquire about these matters before you register. Make sure you are aware of what the ‘services’ offered actually entail. In other words, can you only do this with the help of such an agency, or could you do this yourself?

Practical matters

Obtain information in advance on various legal and social provisions, which you might encounter if you want to work and study abroad for an extended period of time. Make sure you are insured for medical expenses, third-party liability and against accidents, and that you have a valid visa. Check the UvA Study Abroad website for more information about arranging practical matters that are involved in an internship abroad:

Finance your internship 

To finance internships in Europe, which fall under the requirements of your study programme, you can, in some cases, submit an application for an Erasmus grant (contact the internationalisation coordinator: Sarah de Jong). For other funding possibilities, see:

Published by  University of Amsterdam

17 September 2014