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General information

Completing an internship is very different from completing courses. You will have to make arrangements for your internship yourself. Based on your personal preferences you will have to make choices. These choices may be new for you and in this section we provide information that might be helpful.

Start by finding a research group within your field of research. At Radboud University research in Biology is organised within the Institute of Water and Wetland Research (IWWR). Please study the site to find which topic from the various research groups match your personal interest.

NB: visit our listing of research opportunities for students (Medical) Biology internships  Please note, that Bachelor's and Master's opportunities are listed together.

When you are considering a certain internship, you write a letter of application to a staff member of the department. Sometimes somebody is specified as the contact of the department. This may be the head of the department or one of the scientific staff members. Please do not hesitate to contact them. These people will not feel bothered by you; on the contrary, they will be flattered that you are interested in their field! They are specialists in their field and qualified to inform you about the future possibilities within their specialism.

You can meet with the student advisor for general information and the details of planning. Perhaps you like to complete an internship outside Nijmegen or even abroad. Check the part of Study Abroad in the course guide for possibilities and contact persons.

Once you have chosen a certain internship, make the adequate arrangements with your future supervisor, who will also act as the first examiner of your internship. Discuss all the aspects of importance for your internship. The section “preliminaries” will be helpful in the discussion. When you and your supervisor conclude that it is a “go”, please register for your internship as explained in the procedure section of this prospectus.

There are several course codes for several types of internships:

NWI-BM-STAGE1 First Master's research internship
NWI-BM-STAGE2 Second Master's research internship
NWI-BM-STAGEE1 First Master's research internship for students that follow the Masters specialisation in Science and Education
NWI-BM-STAGES1 First Master's research internship for students that follow either the Master's specialisation in SMI or SIS
NWI-TWM22 Master's internship for TWM students who's internship will be supervised by a RU examiner

Grading is done digitally using an online survey. The forms are also available in a printable version that can be used to get an idea of what you will be evaluated on. Please note, that you need a second examiner. They will read your report and grade your internship too. You can ask any staff member in the field of Biology to be your second supervisor.


Internal Internship

When you complete an internship at a RU department from the list, it is an internal internship: an authorised examiner is available at the department.

External Internship

When you, independently or with help from the student advisor, arrange an internship at a department or organisation not mentioned in the list it is an external internship. This external internship needs to be approved by the Examination Board before the start. This approval can be given by an examiner from Biology on behalf of the Examination Board; they will then also act as the first examiner of your internship. Your external supervisor may act as your second examiner. We urge you to discuss this with your student advisor in an early stage.

Remember that you always have to complete at least one internship from the approved list of your specialisation.

In general, your plans for going abroad can best start with an appointment with the International coordinator of the Master Biology mrs. C. Mooren, c.mooren@science.ru.nl