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Internships in the Valley

Embark on an innovative internship in Silicon Valley, California

Internships in the Valley program is a unique collaboration between the Consulate General of the Netherlands in San Francisco, the Dutch research universities (13) and the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU). The program is part of the Holland in the Valley network (

The program matches entrepreneurial Master's and PhD students with internship positions at innovative startups and established corporations in Silicon Valley (the Bay Area), California.

Adyen, Atomise, Base5Genomics, Demetrix, DuPont, Leiden Measurement Technology, Ligand Pharmaceuticals, LinkedIn, Roose lab, Segmed, Shell, Silicon Valley Bank, and Tellus have already confirmed their participation, more companies will follow. Ultimately, the program aims at 50 annual matches.

Who can apply?

Candidates from all fields of study/disciplines are welcome to apply. Especially:

  • Innovative thinkers, with a pro-active and can-do mentality;
  • Candidates interested in entrepreneurship, innovation, data sciences and/or technology;
  • Candidates currently enrolled as a Master of PhD student at a Dutch university or graduated less than a year ago.

Students with a minimum GPA average of 7 or higher, and candidates with demonstrable entrepreneurial skills on their resume are preferred.

What to expect as a selected candidate?

The period, duration, working hours and possible internship allowance will depend on the company and is something you will need to align with each other.

If such an internship fits within your study program, or is extracurricular, it must be assessed by your faculty internship coordinator. Selected PhD candidates should discuss possibilities with the supervisor of their department. As soon as there is a concrete internship proposal offered to you, you can discuss this.


The Internships in the Valley organization will be there for you all the way. They do not only offer support with a smooth J-1 visa procedure in collaboration with the Netherland-America Foundation, but also with finding accommodation, preparations for living in the USA and getting acquainted with American business culture.

Additional information for more information on FAQ

LinkedIn you will find updates from (new) internship companies and interesting content about life in the Valley!  at the UvA Student Careers Centre.

Applications not possible until further notice

Unfortunately, due to visa restrictions related to COVID-19, applications for this program are not possible until further notice. When this situation changes, we will announce that on this page.