Internships

Internships

Almost half, 41%, of master graduate respondents had already experienced an internship during their bachelor studies, 2% less than last year’s survey shows. Of those respondents who told us they had bachelor internships, 39% also completed an internship during their master programme. The proportion of respondents who had their first experience of doing an internship during their master programme was also 41%.

Bachelor internships

For bachelor internships, 54% were completed abroad, 6% less than last year and the average duration was almost 19 weeks. Respondents told us it took, on average, almost two months to find their bachelor internship positions, and 62% of them agreed that their own network was of great help in finding the internship.

Students from EEA (69%) and non-EEA (54%) countries were more likely to do bachelor internships. In contrast, only 30% of Dutch students completed a bachelor internship.

Number of students who completed an internship compared to 2012
In the Netherlands or abroad compared to 2012

Master internships

Master internships are, on average, longer in duration than bachelor internships, at 20 weeks, and 37% of them are in countries outside of the Netherlands. But they take the same amount of time to find – two months – as bachelor internships. 38% of the respondents said that their internship was for their Master thesis.

Master internships are mostly found through students’ own networks, 56% of respondents agreed. More than half, 52%, agreed that companies’ own websites are a good resource.  

Internships are accepted with varying levels of enthusiasm by our master students. They are least popular with master students with Dutch students (37%) in  contrast with last year’s survey when it was least popular with graduates from non-EEA countries. This year non-EEA master students are slightly more enthusiastic, with 40%. Internships are most popular with students from EEA countries, with 49% of them showing their support.

Number of students who completed an internship compared to 2012
In the Netherlands or abroad compared to 2012