Internship II MPA Specialization Policy


Course Objective

During 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
various disciplines.
• 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 Content

The 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
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 2

Additional Information

Participation 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. The
work-based placement is subject to the FALW document: “Student placement
(internship) and literature regulations”. These regulations state that
internships can only start when the draft research proposal and
application and agreement form is approved and signed by the
specialization coordinator.

If the draft proposal is of sufficient quality, you can start your
If not, you’ll need to adapt your draft proposal and send it for
again. You can only start your internship after your draft research
design has
been approved.

Information on Master internships is made available on Canvas.

General Information

Course Code AM_471123
Credits 30 EC
Period Ac. Year (sept)
Course Level 600
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.