As a BSc student you have two options for doing an internship:
- As a third-year bachelor internship during the 7th trimester
- As a voluntary internship during, or after, your studies
The first trimester of the Bachelor 3 year offers students a number of alternatives in order to complete the required 20 ECTS that you need from your electives. One option is an internship for 15 ECTS of the 20 ECTS required for your elective credits in the 7th trimester.
Here’s a brief overview of the internship process. Please also see the Internship flow chart, which shows you each step for successfully completing a bachelor internship. More detailed instructions for each step are in the Bachelor Internship Manual. Please read it carefully.
Here are just a few of the requirements for the Bachelor Internship (read the Bachelor Internship Manual for full details):
- The time period of your internship should be at least 10 weeks of full-time work (420 hours);
- Your internship should take place from September (or earlier) until December;
- You should have your own research assignment as part of your internship position;
- Your internship proposal should be approved by an academic coach before it starts;
- Your internship should be registered with RSM Career Services before it starts;
- Your coach must review and grade your internship report when your internship is finished;
- BScIBA students must do an international internship;
- BScBA internships- don't have to be international in their approach.
Important aspects of the Bachelor Internship trajectory -besides finding the actual internship spot- are preparing a two-page internship proposal and finding an academic coach to support you.
- Your internship proposal should contain a short description of the organisation; a full description of the expected content of your internship and a summary of the research question; the duration of the internship; and a description of the contrasts between theory and practice.
- There’s a list of internship co-ordinators for each academic department in the Bachelor Internship Manual. These are the people you can contact according to the content of your research and who will assign you to an academic coach. Please make sure you contact the appropriate co-ordinator before the summer break, because their approval is necessary before you can officially register your internship.
We have examples of internship proposals that have been submitted in previous years in our office in Mandeville T5-36. You can call in to see them.
The company coach is the one who will judge how you have performed within the company. This judgment will partially be based on content—assessing whether or not the assignment you have conducted satisfies company standards, and if the outcome is relevant and applicable. For the other part it will be your company coach who will evaluate your ‘internal company behaviour’: how well did you fit into the organisation, how were your skills, to what extent have you developed? To increase the value of your internship you are required to introspect on your company behaviour and your skills by writing a self-reflection.
Please download the Company Evaluation Form.
You can do a voluntary internship at any time during or after your studies. Such internships are not compulsory and therefore there are no university requirements. Examples are summer internships or internships that you complete between finishing your BSc and starting an MSc programme.
Legislation in many countries requires you to be registered at a university in order to do an internship. If you remain registered at RSM, we can act as your official contact during a voluntary internship, and can sign your internship documents, like the company contract, if needed. We cannot do this if you do not remain registered as an RSM student during your voluntary internship.
Please note that specific regulations apply to non-EU/EEA students who would like to do a voluntary internship. Please go to the special website section for more information.