Reflective Practice Internship Science Communication


Course Objective

The internship is a compulsory part of the Master’s programme. The aims
of the internship are:
• Learn to independently apply and expand your practical science
communication skills in one particular area of the field (writing,
multi-media, facilitation, policy and strategy development, content
design, etc.).
• Critical self-assessment and reflection on acquired science
communication competencies in the field.
• Conduct scientific research independently: assess scientific
information, design a research project, apply scientific methods,
collect data, report and discuss findings.
• Present and discuss about internship and research outcomes.
• Learn to cooperate with researchers and practitioners of various
• Gain an impression of a potential future field of career.

Course Content

When you are enrolled in the VU Science Communication specialization or
the UvA Major Science Communication you need to conduct one internship
(30 ECTS, 5 months). One of the two possible formats is the Reflective
Practice Internship. The complete and up-to-date information about
the internship can be found in the SC internship guide line on
Canvas (science communication community).

Teaching Methods

Work-based placement

Method of Assessment

Written report and oral presentation.
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 day-to-day supervision can be carried out by a trainee research
assistant (AIO), postdoc or researcher.

Target Audience

Students MSc Earth science 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 guidelines of Earth science
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
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 science communication co-ordinator
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
been approved.
The placement may be extended by 6 EC, subject to conditions that can be
found in the FALW document “Student placement (internship) and
literature regulations”. The student must send a request for extension
to the Earth science Examination Board.
Information on Master internships is made available on Canvas.

General Information

Course Code AM_1163
Credits 30 EC
Period Ac. Year (sept)
Course Level 600
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. J.F.H. Kupper
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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