Internship I MPA Specialization Policy


Course Objective

The aim of internship I is to apply the knowledge and competences
acquired during the previous courses in a research project, in order to
ground the knowledge, attitudes and skills of trans- or
interdisciplinary research. More specifically, during Internship I:
• The student conducts scientific research under supervision.
• The student is able to find scientific information and to evaluate
this for the benefit of his or her own research question under
supervision .
• The student is able to apply scientific methods and knowledge, to
answer research questions and to generate evidence‐based knowledge under
• The student is able to formulate a research question, to choose, to
implement and to evaluate the (appropriate) research method, and to
phrase the obtained results in report under supervision.
• The student learns to cooperate with researchers of various
• The student learns to orally present the research results and to
discuss the findings.
• The student obtains a good impression of a potential future field of

Course Content

The internship is a compulsory part of the Master MPA. The duration of
the internship is 5 months (27 EC). An internship placement must provide
the student with the opportunity to learn how to conduct research under
supervision. The onsite supervisor of the internship is linked to an
academic or research institution.

Internships can be conducted at various locations such as the Ministry
of Health, Welfare and Sports, the Public Health Inspectorate, the
Health Council, medical organizations such as the municipality health
service (GGD), consultancies, the (pharmaceutical) industry and several
research institutes, such as universities or e.g. the National Institute
for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

An internship typically has three phases:

• In the first phase, you write your research proposal consisting of an
introduction, background, theoretical/conceptual framework, research
questions and your research methodology.
• In the second phase, you collect your (qualitative and/or
quantitative) data.
• In the third phase, you do your final analysis and present your
findings both orally and in a report. The presentation seminar is a
compulsory part of this third phase.

Teaching Methods

Research internship

Method of Assessment

Report: grade 1-10, weight = 55%
Oral presentation: grade 1-10, weight = 15%
Execution: grade 1-10, weight = 30%
Attitude: pass/fail

Within six weeks after the start of the master internship, an interim
evaluation will take place to assess whether there is a reasonable
chance of the placement being brought to a successful completion.

The internship is supervised and assessed by two lecturers. Both
lecturers are members of the academic staff at VU University Amsterdam.
The onsite supervision can be carried out by a trainee research
assistant (AIO), postdoc or researcher.

Target Audience

Students MSc MPA year 1

Additional Information

Internships can only start when the draft research proposal and
application and agreement form is approved and signed by the
specialization coordinator. To ensure that students do have enough
background knowledge, it is required that you have passed the three
compulsory courses: ‘Qualitative and Qualitative Research Methods’,
‘Communication Organization and Management’, and ‘Analysis of
Governmental Policy’ (grade at least 6).

Information on Master internships is made available on Canvas.

General Information

Course Code AM_1121
Credits 27 EC
Period Ac. Year (sept)
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. R. de Wildt-Liesveld MSc
Examiner P. Klaassen MA
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.