Planning an internship

Planning an internship in a foreign country can seem a little confusing – where should you start? Which sectors should you look into? However, it is certainly worth considering – there are thousands of internships abroad, varying from a month to a whole year, depending on what you are looking for!

The following questions will help you to orient yourself better when choosing the type and duration of your internship:

  • Why do you want to do an internship? What is your goal? What will you gain from it?
  • Where do you want to do an internship: in which sector/company/country?
  • When do you want to do an internship: during your Bachelor’s/Pre-Master’s/Master’s studies, or do you want to get involved during summer holidays?
  • Do you want to follow a part-time or a full-time internship?
  • Are you looking for a practice-oriented internship or a research internship?
  • Does your internship correspond with your study program at Tilburg University and is it in line with your career plans?
  • Are you looking for a paid/non-paid internship at a commercial/multinational/non-profit organization?
  • Will an internship be a part of your graduation assignment, or do you want to do it alongside your studies?
  • Will you earn ECTS credits for completing your internship? Will these ECTS credits be included on your graduation diploma?
  • What level of linguistic ability is expected from you?
  • Do you need to arrange a (working) visa/health insurance for an internship overseas?

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