Almost half, 43%, of master graduate respondents had already experienced an internship during their bachelor studies. 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 40%.

Bachelor internships

For bachelor internships, 60% were completed abroad, and the average duration was 16 weeks. Respondents told us it took, on average, almost two months to find their bachelor internship positions, and 61% 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 during their Bachelor programme



In the Netherlands or abroad



Master internships

Master internships are, on average, longer in duration than bachelor internships, at 20 weeks, and 40% of them are in countries outside of the Netherlands. But they take the same amount of time to find – two months – as bachelor internships.

Master internships are mostly found through students’ own networks, 54% of respondents agreed. Almost half, 45%, 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 from non-EEA countries (35%), perhaps because they have already experienced upheaval to come and live and study in the Netherlands. EEA master students are slightly more enthusiastic, with 39.7%. Internships are most popular with Dutch students, with 40.7% of them showing their support.  

Number of students who completed an internship during their Master programme



In the Netherlands or abroad


What is the effect of an Internship?

The level of employment of those that have completed an internship during their bachelor or master programme is almost the same as the general level of employment among RSM master graduates with 93.4% employed, running their own business, working as freelancers, not looking for employment or continuing their education.

Among master graduates who had not done internships, the level of employment was slightly lower, at 92.5%, making a difference of almost 1% between those that have done an internship during their bachelor or master programme, and those that have not.

When it comes to the process of finding a job, there seems to be no advantage for those who completed an internship.  In contrast to levels of salary between interns and non-interns, respondents who are employed and have done an internship earn a monthly salary of €3,252 which is slightly more than the average RSM graduate’s monthly salary of €3,141.

Respondents who didn’t do an internship earn less, with an average monthly salary of €3,054.