How to find an internship
Doing an internship as part of your studies has become quite common in the Netherlands. When following a programme of professional study (HBO) at a University of Applied Sciences, one or more internships are often obligatory. Even when studying for university degrees, students often look for an opportunity to put their academic knowledge into practice during their studies.
Work experience is highly valued
But why is this so common in the Netherlands? Dutch recruiters highly value work experience gained in the form of an internship. It not only shows that you have worked at a company before, but it demonstrates that you can put the knowledge gained from your studies into practice.
Where can you find an internship?
There are several ways to find an internship. A very common method is through your university. Almost all universities have a dedicated desk where they can give you access to their database of internship opportunities. You could also have a look at, or which offer a variety of potential internships. In the Netherlands, it’s very common to find your internship using your own network of contacts, so make sure you let everyone know that you are looking for one.
How do you apply for an internship?
In general, you apply for an internship in the same way as you apply for a normal job. This means you respond to a vacancy with your CV and a cover letter, or you can apply speculatively.
How much are you expected to work?
Before you start your internship, you will discuss with your employer how many hours a week you should work, and for what period of time. At this point, you can talk about your exact role at the company.
How much do you get paid for an internship?
Dutch employers are not legally obliged to pay you for your efforts, though many give some kind of compensation, such as travel expenses. Others may be more generous and pay you a small amount. Depending on your educational background and the companies own policies, you might get something between 180 and 450 euros a month. Be aware that you still might have to pay taxes on anything you earn from an internship.
Source: Expertise in Labour Mobility