Internship Science in Society


Course Objective

The aim of the internship as part of the Major Science in Society is to
apply the competences acquired during
the previous courses in a research project in order to ground the
knowledge, attitudes and skills of interdisciplinary research. More
specifically, the aims of the internships are:
• The student learns to independently conduct scientific research.
• The student is able to independently find scientific information and
to evaluate this for the benefit of his or her own research question.
• The student is able to apply scientific methods and knowledge, to
answer research questions and to generate evidence‐based knowledge.
• 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.
• The student is able to cooperate with researchers of various
• The student is able 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 one year specialisation as
part of the regular master Biomedical Sciences and therefore needs to
have a biomedical background.
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

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

Internship project, under supervision of VU-staff.

Method of Assessment

Report (55%), Oral presentation (15%), Execution (30%) and Attitude

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.

Entry Requirements

To ensure that students do have enough background knowledge, it is
required that you have passed the three compulsory courses: ‘Research
Methods for Analyzing Complex Problems’, ‘Communication Organization and
Management’, and ‘Analysis of Governmental Policy’ (grade at least 6).

Target Audience

Only students MSc Biomedical Sciences, specialization Science in Society

Additional Information

Information on internships is made available on Canvas.

Custom Course Registration

Internships can only start when the draft research proposal is approved and signed by the specialization coördinator and the 'Application and agreement form' (formdesk) is subsequently approved by the Master's coordinator.

General Information

Course Code AM_1133
Credits 30 EC
Period Ac. Year (sept)
Course Level 600
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. T.J. Schuitmaker-Warnaar
Examiner dr. R.J. van Belle-van den Berg
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.