An internship is your opportunity to experience work life for yourself, and discover what fits you. You can assess the organisation’s culture, and to work out the status of your own competences and if there are skills you need to develop further to grow your opportunities.

Everything you gain during a bachelor internship is valuable for making decisions about choosing your master and which direction you want to take in your career. 

Reasons for doing an internship:

  • Gain valuable work experience
  • Have an advantage in the job market
  • Transition into a job
  • Decide if it is the right career for you
  • Networking opportunities
  • Apply classroom knowledge
  • Gain confidence

Practical information

BSc Students

As a bachelor student you have two options for doing an internship during your studies:

  •  A third-year bachelor internship during Blocks 9 and 10
  •  A voluntary internship (non-curricular) during your studies

In block 9 and 10 of Year 3 year you create your ouwn customized programme of 30 EC from the options available. One option is doing an internship of 20 EC alongside a minor, electives, or an exchange. The main reason for doing an internship is to get some experience in a company during your studies. The schedule means you can work full time during your internship.

Here are a few of the requirements for your Bachelor internship. For more information about finding an internship and meeting the requirements for receiving credits, please consult the Bachelor Internship manual which you can find on the Canvas page RSM BSc Internship.

  • You can start your internship after you have successfully completed all of your first-year courses. You must pass any resits before the start of your internship.
  • Your 20 EC internship should be at least 14 weeks of full-time work
  • Before you start your internship, it must be registered in Osiris Case and your internship proposal must be approved by an academic coach.
  • If you are doing an internship in the Netherlands and you are paid €150 per month or more then you must have at least the basic Dutch health insurance. More information can be found in the Financial matters section of the manual.

Once you have found your internship position, it’s important that you start the registration procedure via Osiris Zaak/Case.

Career Centre will pass on your request to the internship coordinator of the academic department, who will judge the match. The coordinator may decline the proposal and suggest a match with a different department. If the coordinator agrees with the match, they will proceed to assign an academic coach to you.

You can find more information about the internship proposal in the Canvas Course RSM BSc Internship.


 

If you do a 20 EC internship, you still need to earn another 10 ECs in Blocks 9, 10 and 11 to make up the 30 ECs required. Here's an overview of your options for electives, and how to do them. 

You will be assessed by the company or organisation during your internship. The company appoints a company coach to evaluate how you’ve performed. Your company coach will use an evaluation form from Osiris Case, which will be emailed automatically.

You can do a voluntary internship (non-curricular) at any time during or after your studies. Such internships are not mandatory 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 (such as the company contract) if required. If you’re not registered as a student at RSM, we cannot do this.

You can do a voluntary internship without university approval, though if you need university to sign a statement or contract please register your internship via https://sis.eur.nl/students > choose to start a new case > select registration internships not part of curriculum.

For non-EU and non-EEA students
Please note the specific regulations for doing your voluntary internship. See the webpages about internships for non-EU and non-EEA students for more information.

MSc Students

An internship is an opportunity to explore an industry, company or job so that you can make informed decisions about your career. RSM's MSc Graduate Report 2021 shows that almost 52% of RSM master graduates found a job via their internship; either at the internship company or because of the skills they gained during it. Doing an internship was the second most valuable way of finding a job, they said. (The most valuable way is to use your own network, according to the survey).

As a master student you have two options for doing an internship:

  • As a voluntary internship during, or after, your master studies
  • As an elective in your Master programmes

You can do a voluntary internship at any time during or after your master studies. Such internships are not mandatory and therefore there are no university requirements.

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 (such as the company contract) if needed. If you’re not registered as a student at RSM, we cannot do this.

You can do a voluntary internship without university approval. However, if you need the university to sign a statement or contract for you then register your internship via https://sis.eur.nl/student choose to start a new case > select registration internships not part of curriculum. 

Non-EU and non-EEA students
Please note, there are specific regulations for doing a voluntary internship. See the webpages about internships for non-EU and non-EEA students for more information.

Some MSc programmes offer official internships during your studies for which you gain credits (ECs).

The programmes listed below offer an internship instead of your Master Free Elective:

You can do an internship after your thesis period from June onwards. You can extend your internship to more than 168 hours this way. You can also opt for an internship outside the curriculum, after your thesis period – read more about this in the next section.

For more detailed information about this option, please contact your programme manager.

Other MSc programmes do not offer internships, but it might still be possible to combine your master thesis with an internship. To do this, consult your thesis supervisor in advance. Master programmes that don’t offer internships as part of the programme are:

  • Accounting & Financial Management
  • Business Analytics Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Master in Management
  • Strategic Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Management

You may do an internship after you complete the master curriculum. In this case, the internship is not part of the curriculum and will not be included on your grade list. However, it might still be important (to you or your internship company) that you still have student status.

To re-enrol as a student after 1 September of each year (thus maintaining your student status), you must postpone the issuing of your degree. If you have already been issued with your diploma and then want to re-register as a student, you’ll be charged a much higher tuition fee because you will be technically pursuing a ‘second master’, which is not subsidised.

General conditions

Which students CANNOT apply to have their degree postponed?

  • Students who have not yet completed all their curriculum components. If you have not completed all the components, your degree won’t be issued yet anyway.
  • Students who have not completed all the components within the nominal timeframe (they do not meet the general conditions) Students who want to improve a result that is already sufficient (this is not a predefined goal).

Non EU-EEA Students

This section is for students from non-EEA countries who are registered in a full-time BSc or MSc programme at RSM and who would like to do an internship or job during or after their studies in the Netherlands. Please note the following rgulations carfully. 

What do you do when, after your studies, you want to stay in the Netherlands and find a job? Luckily, there have been more internationals who wondered about the very same thing and many examples of alumni who found their (first) job in the Netherlands.

Non-EU and non-EAA students can do a voluntary internship, or an internship as an option or an internship when it is a requirement within your MSc programme.

For internships that are required in your programme, there's more information on this webpage from the RSM Career Centre.

Voluntary internships
You can do a voluntary internship if it is:

  • Relevant for your study
  • Supported by an academic coach
  • You are registered as a student for the entire period of the internship
  • Your student visa is valid for the entire period of the internship

How to register for a voluntary internship

  1. Register your internship via Osiris Case (https://sis.eur.nl/student). 
    Choose 'start a new case' and select 'registration internships not part of the curriculum'
  2. To show that you meet the first two criteria, write an internship proposal and have this signed by a member of RSM academic staff. You can choose for youself who signs your proposal.
  3. Complete the Nuffic agreement. This agreement can replace a company contract and is necessary to proof that you can do the internship with your student visa instead of a work permit. The agreement needs to be signed by you, a company representative and a representative from RSM Career Centre. You can find and upload the documents - your- (proposal and Nuffic agreement) in the Osiris Case registration tool. The RSM Career Centre will give the final sign-off for your agreement within a couple of working days. 

You may do an internship after you complete the master curriculum. In this case, the internship is not part of the curriculum and will not be included on your grade list. However, it might still be important (to you or your internship company) that you still have student status.

To re-enrol as a student after 1 September of each year (thus maintaining your student status), you must postpone the issuing of your degree. If you have already been issued with your diploma and then want to re-register as a student, you’ll be charged a much higher tuition fee because you will be technically pursuing a ‘second master’, which is not subsidised.

General conditions

Which students CANNOT apply to have their degree postponed?

  • Students who have not yet completed all their curriculum components. If you have not completed all the components, your degree won’t be issued yet anyway.
  • Students who have not completed all the components within the nominal timeframe (they do not meet the general conditions) Students who want to improve a result that is already sufficient (this is not a predefined goal).

As a student from a non-EU or non-EEA country, you can still gain work experience in te Netherlands in a job alongside your studies - we call this a (side-) job - or full time. Your employer, request a work permit (TWV) for you. There is more information about this on the Study in Holland website.

A work permit enables non-EU or non-EEA students to either work for a maximum of 16 hours a week or work full-time during the summer months of June, July and August.

Your employer must apply for your work permit. It generally takes about five weeks to receive the permit so the application must be made on your behalf well in advance.

When you work alongside your studies, you must have a Dutch health insurance. Please check the leaflet on Dutch health insurance for intenational students.

As a current student or recent graduate from a non-EUor non-EEA country, you can apply to do an 'orientation year' (zoekjaar/search year) to give you time to find a suitable job in the Nehterlands. An orientation year permit allows graduates free access to the Dutch labour market and is valid for a maximum of one year. 

If you have permission to do an orientation year then employers do not need to apply for a work permit for you.

You can apply for the orientation year within three years of graduating from each degree from a Dutch institution (BSc and MSc count separately). There is more information available about this process on the EUR website about doing an orientation year. 

If your employment position continues after the end of your orientation year, you must apply for another type of residence permit from the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service, IND.

There are limited opportunities for non-EU or non-EEA students from other universities who are on study exchange at RSM to work during their studies. Please see the section about Working during studies.

The RSM Career Centre cannot keep track of all the international work and study rules and regulations, but you can always visit the RSM Career Centre office for specific advice.

Some countries - such as France, Belgium, Germany and Spain - prefer that students’ internship contracts are signed by the school. Please note that your student visa for the Netherlands does not automatically allow you to work in other EU countries.

Go to the RSM Career Portal

 

Financial Matters

Most internships that are offered to RSM students are paid positions. Here's more information about extra financial support during your internship.

Erasmus+ grants are available for eligible MSc IM/CEMS, BIM, SCM, MI, GBSM students and, for eligible third year Bachelor students who do their internship in another country of the European Union during blocks 9 and 10.

RSM Career Centre will nominate students according to their internship proposals. Nominations are sent the EUR International Office, which is responsible for the administration of the Erasmus+ grant programme.

You cannot apply for this grant on your own behalf. The EUR International Office will tell eligible students how to proceed with an application for the Erasmus+ grant.

Full details about the Erasmus+ grant can be found on the EUR’s funding webpage about scholarships and grants, but here is a quick outline of the conditions for being eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.

  • You have to be registered as a full-time student at the Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Erasmus+ grants are available to students on an internship in any country within the European Union except the Netherlands or Switzerland. 
  • The internship must be part of your curriculum and count towards your total of study credits (ECs)
  • The internship must last for a minimum of two months and a maximum of 12 months per degree programme.
  • Students doing an internship in their home country are not eligible.

Students who receive an OV student travel card from DUO (Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs), and who do an internship in another country in 2022 are entitled to €104,42 per month as a travel allowance in lieu of the OV student travel card. To receive reimbursements in good time, please submit your request to DUO at least two months before you leave the Netherlands. Request forms are available on DUO’s website. The RSM Career Centre can assist with your application and can sign these documents for you.

Subletting your room during your internship can reduce your costs, and also helps RSM to accommodate other incoming exchange students while you are away. Contact your accommodation provider or your landlord to check whether you are allowed to sublet your room.

Students who want to temporarily rent out their room can use the student-to-student housing service www.housinganywhere.com. HousingAnywhere may request an official letter that proves you are doing an internship. to request an offical letter that provees your internship,please contact eht RSM Career Centre at: careercentre@rsm.nl

We will need these details:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Student number
  • RSM programme 
  • Company name, address, city and country, and
  • Start and completion date of your proposed internship.

If you are going to another country for an intership, make sure you are properly insured. Requirements differ from country to country. Always chack what kind of insurances you need in another country and if your travel insurance cover it too. 

Intenational students who are doing an internship in the Neherlands and receive at least the appropriate minimum wage are under legally required under the Dutch Health Insurance Act. to take out Dutch basic health insurance. If the internship pay is less than this minimum wage, interns are not allowed to take a Dutch basic health insurrance.

To calculate of the minimum wage that applies to your specific situation, please see the following reckoning tool from the Dutch government(only available in Dutch).

For general questions about health care insurance, please contact the Zorgverzekeringslijn

Forms & Documents

Do you need a university statement for your internship company, or an internship contract? Please check the information below:

You can fill out one of the postponement active degree issuing forms, if you would like to stay registered after your graduation.

If you would like to request a postponement of graduation for the academic year 2021-2022 then please take care to read this manual and this website (after the master).
Registration deadline is 15 June.

      

BSc students doing an internship during blocks 9 and 10 must register thier internship in Osiris Case/Zaak. More information can be found in the Course manual bachelor internship or on the Canvas page, https://canvas.eur.nl/courses/26799.

BSc and MSc students doing a voluntary internship, please register your internship via https://sis.eur.nl/student > choose 'start registration internship not part of curriculum'.

Outside the Netherlands  
If your internship is in another country (not in the Netherlands) and the company want to include RSM as a third party in the internship agreement, please first ask the RSM Career Centre for help and advice in advance of making any agreement. Contact us at: careercentre@rsm.nl

 

In the Netherlands 
If your RSM internship is in the Nehterlands, we recommend that your contract is between you and the company. This confirms your agreement in writing. You can still contact us for advice at: careercentre@rsm.nl

If you are a national from the EU or EEA inclusing Switzerland, you are free to live and work in the Netherlands without restrictions and RSM does not need to be part of your internship agreement. Companies often have their own contract, but if they want the university to sign as a third party then these are the contracts that must be used:

If you are a student from a non-EU or non-EEA country and your internship is part of your curriculum (either it is mandatory or you will receive ECs for it - for example a bachelor Year 3 internship during blocks 9 and 10, or an elective in one of the Master programmes) then your employer you and the RSM Career Centre needs to sign the Nuffic agreement.

Students from non-EU and non-EEA countries can also do voluntary itnernships - there's mor information about this on our dedicated web pages about internships for non-EU and non-EEA students.

Some students will need to sign a non-disclosure agreement (an NDA) to work on certain subjects for an employer. We have a recommended template for this agreement. Please contact the RSM Career Centre if this applies to you via careercentre@rsm.nlThe standard NDA can be found here.

Do you need a statement from RSM for arranging your visa, or does the company need proof of your enrolment at RSM? The RSM Career Centre can provide it. Please register your internshp via https://sis.eur.nl/student > choose ‘start a new case’ > select ‘registration internships not part of curriculum’

At the end of the registration process, you can request your statement. You can add more inforamtion in the comment box. 

 

  • Emergency phone number

    Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) has an emergency phone number (24/7) for EUR students who are abroad, and for international students (and their parents) studying at the EUR:

    0031 6 408 478 82