Internships during the Masters Public Administration

There are three Masters at the Institute of Public Affairs:

  • Master Public Administration (PA)
  • Master Management van de Publieke Sector (MPS) (Dutch-taught)
  • Master Crisis & Security Management (CSM)
Even though doing an internship is not part of the Master programme, students of all masters are of course allowed to do so. Internships give the master students the opportunity to work in an organisation within the field of Public Administration, such as a government organisation, a consultancy firm or a NGO.
Students can use the knowledge and skills they have acquired during their course and gain work experience at the same time. An internship can take place in the Netherlands, but also abroad.

Length and accreditation

As mentioned above, an internship is always extracurricular. However, you can earn study points (ECTS), which will be added to your Master degree. To receive 15.0 ECTS, you need to work at an organisation full-time, for at least 3 months and write a report at the end of your internship. This report should be approved by the academic staffmember. It is not possible to do an internship for more than 15.0 ECTS, nor for a lesser amount of ECTS.

Planning and timing of an internship

Some internships can be combined with the Programme as the internships are not fulltime or the organisation and/or work is flexible, other internships are not. When an internship can't be combined (which will often be the case) it's best to do the internship before starting the Master or after the student has finished the courses. The student is responsible for the planning of the internship, so this is up to him or her.


Your internship needs to be coordinated by an academic staff member from the Institute of Public Administration and an employee from the internship post. Before starting, you need a written agreement between all parties (the internship post, the University and the intern). If the Internship does not have their own agreement you can use this one.

Please note! The university cannot be held responsible for any damage you cause or incur while at or travelling to your placement. Please check the placement contract in advance for details on this point. If your placement contract states that you yourself or the university are responsible for any damage you cause or incur, your placement supervisor or study adviser will only sign if you can provide proof of liability insurance for the duration of your placement.

Criteria for the internship

In order to gain study points (ECTS) for the internship, it needs to meet the following criteria:

  • The activities and tasks at the internship need to be relevant for the field of Public Administration. Before starting, an academic staff member of the Institute of Public Administration needs to approve the internship;
  • Your tasks as an intern need to have an academic character;
  • Before starting the internship and in consultation with the academic staff member, an internship agreement has to be drawn up
  • During the internship you need to be registered as a student at Public Administration
  • Credits are not given before the academic staff member has seen and approved the final report.

More information about the internship report

Having finished the first half of your internship, you hand in report about your experiences and progress up to that point. This report should consist of 3 to 5 pages. The most important elements discussed in this report are: What does the organisation look like? What are your tasks? What is the value of the internship for your Public Administration degree? The report needs to be handed in to the academic staff member.

After having finished your internship, you write the final report. This report (max. 10 pages) answers the following questions: What influence did the internship have on you knowledge of Public Administration? What knowledge, skills and insights did you gain during your internship? If your internship post requires you to write a report as well, please add this as an attachment.

You will receive the study points after handing in the first report, the final report, the written internship agreement and after having received a final, positive judgement from the academic staff member (judgment is either pass or fail; no grades).

Internship vacancies

The Institute of Public Administration does not have an internship coordinator. Therefore, there is no database containing vacancies. The initiative lies with you. However, there are some vacancies on the weblog. These vacancies are mostly in Dutch.

Combining an internship with the thesis.

Students who wish to combine their internship with writing their Master thesis, need to discuss this with the academic staff member before starting the internship.

Information for organizations who offer vacancies for (Master) students.

The Institute of Public Administration does not act as a mediator between students and organisations. The institute can post vacancies on the weblog, but does not actively approach students. The selection procedure must be held by the organisation. Organisations who wish to offer an internship can mail the webeditors.

Last Modified: 08-01-2016