Course ObjectiveDuring Internship II the student applies competences acquired to a
research project on a higher level of complexity of the issue studied
and research methods used and exercises greater independence in the
conduct of the research than in the first internship. More specifically,
during internship II:
• The student learns to independently conduct scientific research.
• The student improves her/his capacities regarding the independent
search for scientific information and the evaluation/ assessment hereof
for use in the context of her or his own research question.
• The student improves her/ his ability to apply scientific methods and
knowledge, to answer research questions and to generate evidence‐based
• The student improves her/ his ability to formulate a research
question, to choose, to implement and to evaluate the (appropriate)
research method, and to phrase the obtained results in report.
• The student improves her/ his ability to cooperate with researchers of
• The student improves her/ his ability to orally present the research
results and to discuss the findings.
• The student obtains a good impression of a potential future field of
Course ContentThe internship is a compulsory part of the Master MPA. The duration of
the internship is 5 months (30 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 done 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
• 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 MethodsResearch internship
Method of AssessmentReport: grade 1-10, weight = 55%
Oral presentation: grade 1-10, weight = 15%
Execution: grade 1-10, weight = 30%
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 AudienceStudents MSc MPA year 2
Additional InformationParticipation in this compulsory component is only permitted if the
student meets the relevant requirements for admission. These
requirements are detailed in the Internship guideline MPA (on
Canvas) and in the Academic and Examination Regulations.
These regulations require detailed written agreements between
supervisors and student that
specify the conditions for the Master research project. This agreement
should be sent for approval by the MPA internship coordinator
at least two weeks before the planned start of the work-based placement.
If the proposal is of sufficient quality, you can start your internship.
If not, you’ll need to adapt your proposal and send it for approval
again. You can only start your internship after your research design has
Information on Master internships is made available on Canvas.
|Period||Ac. Year (sept)|
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Science|
|Course Coordinator||dr. T. Zuiderent-Jerak|
|Examiner||dr. T. Zuiderent-Jerak|
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