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General information

Please note: for the specialisation TWM, other guidelines apply.

You will have to make arrangements for your internship yourself. Your preference is decisive in that respect and you will have to make choices in your own way. Not everyone, however, knows exactly what they want. Thus, we recommend that you seriously consider the following tips.

During the first course Orientation in Biology and Environmental Sciences you will discover all the ins and outs of the departments from the Institute for Water and Wetland Research. You will visit presentations at the various departments and you will take part in excursions to research institutes in the Netherlands.

If you are considering a certain internship, then contact the staff member of the chair group concerned who is specified in the prospectus as the contact. This may be the professor, one of the scientific staff members, or a PhD-student. Please do not hesitate to do so. These people will not feel as if you are bothering them; on the contrary, they will be flattered that you have an interest in their field! Remember that they are most adept to any developments in the field concerned and that they, more than anyone else, are qualified to inform you of the future possibilities within their specialism.

You can meet with the student advisor for general information and the details of planning your internships. It is important to keep a number of practical matters in mind - particularly if you are on a tight schedule or if you are considering a internship outside Nijmegen - such as: when do I take the Master's courses and the philosophy course? The student advisor is not a specialist in the field of the content of a internship and so, if you request information concerning content, they will refer you to the people who can best answer your questions: the staff members of the departments concerned.

Once you have chosen a certain internship, make sure that you have made adequate arrangements and agreements with your future supervisor. Discuss all of the aspects that may play a role during the actual practice of the internship. To that end, complete an internship planning form together. The form is available on this website.
Upon finalising your internship, your supervisor has to determine a grade for the internship. They will have to make use of the evaluation form that can be found at this website.
Upon completing your internship, we ask you are to complete the internship evaluation, which you can also find on the above mentioned website or can request with Anke Lameris (a.lameris@science.ru.nl). The completed form is to be handed in via Anke Lameris, A.Lameris@science.ru.nl. In this way, the Programme committee will remain well-informed of the quality of the departments that offer internships.

External Internship

If you, independently or with help from the student advisor, arrange an internship that is to be conducted under the responsibility of someone other than described above (a so-called external internship), then you must first obtain the permission of the Examination Board. This means that you have to submit your request for approval of the details of your master phase, along with a description of this internship, the supervision, and the manner in which your work is to be evaluated. Your internship will not be officially valid until after the Examination Board has granted its permission, and then only pertaining to that special case. Every request for approval of an external internship is individually evaluated by the Examination Board. You will, however, always need a supervisor from the Radboud University.

As part of your Master's phase, it is possible to conduct a research internship abroad. More and more students are concluding that it is very worthwhile to study abroad for a period of time. This is not only true if you come across subjects during your studies that are not offered in the Netherlands. Studies show that studying abroad for a while can be very significant to one's personal development, studies, and perspective. The possibilities concerning a stay abroad are almost unlimited. There are all kinds of national and international programmes that render a stay abroad possible and there are many kinds of grants and funds with which to finance a period of study or training abroad. Interested? Visit the so called "Radboud Beyond Borders Week" in October and in April.

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