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Research internship

During the minor in the third year of your bachelor, you can also opt for an individual research internship instead of the think tank. During your internship you will not only work on an existing research project within a research group that is related to the theme of the minor, but will also work on making the societal relevance of this project visible (valorisation). This way you will work on the same learning objectives as during the think tank.

You can also opt for an individual internship at a company or organisation.

Entry requirement

Time frame

Please note: If you are considering a (research) internship instead of a think tank, be aware of the time schedule. The whole process, including sending the request to the Examining Board, takes about 2 to 3 months.

For an internship during the first semester you need to submit your request by 15 July. For an internship in the second semester you need to submit the request by 15 December. More information about the procedure can be found on the website of Career Service.


You spend 280 hours on the individual internship - just as you would do on the think tank. This includes drawing up and working on the research plan and report, the final product and the evaluation.

Keep the checklist below in mind while finding an internship:

  • With my intended internship, can I achieve all the learning objectives listed in the table under Individual internship?
  • Does the societal issue and the research question that I will be working on during my internship fit with the theme of the minor?
  • Does the scope of my internship (including completion) amount to 280 hours?

Research at the faculty of Arts

More information about ongoing research projects within the Faculty of Arts can be found on the websites of the two research institutes:

Learning objectives

Learning objectives research internship

Completion and assessment

  1. Research plan & report
    The focus of your internship will be on doing scientific research on a societally relevant question. In the research plan you describe the structure of your research, discuss the relevance of your question in relation to the theme of the minor and explain how you want to work (incl. time schedule). The research report will contain the results of the various steps and can have the form of a (scientific) paper.
  1. Final product
    With the help of the research plan, you will ultimately come up with an answer to the research question which you then need to present in a clear and societally relevant way. You can be as creative as you like: the final product does not have to be a written product, but can also have be a poster, infographic, video, animation, etc. Discuss this with your supervisor beforehand.
    When choosing the form and content of the final product, clearly keep the intended recipients (the general public) in mind.
    More information on the final product can be found in the Factsheet.
  1. Evaluation
    At the end you will reflect on your internship in a short report. This evaluation contains the following:
    • a brief overview of what you learned from working as a team;
    • a brief overview of what you learned during the research process;
    • a brief overview of what you learned from the setbacks and failures during this process.

Because in this research internship (just like in the think tank), the process of cooperation, problem exploration and development of a final product is at least as important as the result itself, the internship will be assessed with a pass/fail. You will not get a grade.