Finding and arranging
How can you find an internship or research project and what arrangements do you need to make?
Under the faculty or study programme tab you can read more about how to find and arrange an internship or research project. Information sessions take place on a regular basis. These can be found in the agenda.
If you have any questions please contact your internship and/or research coordinator.
The internship programme
The Faculty of Archaeology’s practical programme aims to train Archaeology students to become independent and critical members of field staff, who can be directly deployed in the various categories of archaeological fieldwork.
In the Master phase, all students also do a "Fieldwork/Internship" worth 5 ects. Please see the Blackboard course for more information.
To see how the internship options are incorporated in the Bachelor programme, refer to the internship schedule.
In very exceptional cases (e.g. circumstances which negatively impact on studies), different arrangements may be made for the practical programme and Internship 1 than shown in the schedule. This must be organised in close consultation with the internship coordinator and permission must be obtained in advance from the Board of Examiners.
The grade given for fieldwork is based on 2 parts: the evaluation of the fieldwork by the internship supervisor (attitude to work, archaeological insight) and the evaluation of the internship report.
You only pass the subject if you receive a pass for both parts.
If you fail your fieldwork, writing an internship report is no longer necessary. Similarly, an unsatisfactory grade for the internship report cannot be compensated with a high grade for the internship.
It is not possible to do an internship before your fieldwork.
You can do an internship immediately after the fieldwork in the 2nd year (fieldschool 2), as long as you have passed the practical fieldwork and if the relevant internship coordinator has given permission in advance.
You may only do an internship abroad if you have passed your propaedeutic (first) year. However, you may do internships in the Netherlands even if you have not yet completed your propaedeutic year. In that case, in order to prevent any further delays in your studies, we strongly advise you to do an internship in the Netherlands.
In principle, you may only do an internship in a period when no teaching is scheduled.
You may do an internship as soon as you have permission from the internship coordinator.
Things to take into account:
Internship 2 may only be done after Internship 1.
Internship 1 must be a fieldwork placement and does not necessarily need to relate to the area of specialisation.
We advise planning a 6 week internship in the BA2, and the other 4 weeks in the BA3.
No study credits are given for an internship if the above requirements are not met.
For all internships, the following applies: 1 day internship = 0.3 ects.
Every day you must write a report, also on non-fieldwork placements. Internship days for which no report has been produced will not be counted as an internship day.
At least 2 internships must be completed: one worth 5 ects and one worth 10 ects. The internships can also be built up from various individual placements, Remember that you need to do excavation work worth a total of 5 ects for Internship 1. This can therefore be done in several individual internships.
The extra internship weeks are recorded as such in uSis in the internship, but the extra ects do not count for the 180 ects which need to be obtained in the Bachelor programme.
You should consider these internship weeks as a minimum; doing extra (time on) internships is also an option.
The type of internship and the extra ects obtained are specified on the diploma and the supplement, so that it is clear whether you have acquired sufficient experience for a job as member of the field staff.
During the summer, various lecturers from the Faculty of Archaeology offer a field school abroad, e.g. in the Near East, the Caribbean or the Mediterranean. See for more information internship abroad.
Five steps to Internship 1 and Internship 2
- enroll in the Blackboard module Internships 1 & 2. Here you will find the available internships organised by third parties in the Netherlands. Once you are 'enrolled' for the module, you will receive a e-mail when an internship is added;
- check out the vacancies on the board, in the student newsletter or the faculty website;
- mail/call a company/municipality/museum;
- contact an internship coordinator (see top of the page); he/she acts as information point.
When you think you’ve found something of interest, you need to obtain permission from the internship coordinator concerned.
If you plan to do an internship outside the faculty, you need to request permission in good time (by e-mail) from the internship coordinator concerned. For a foreign project, starting in good time means at least 8 weeks before the start of the internship. For a project in the Netherlands, the guideline is 4 weeks before the start of the internship.
Remember the admission requirements, which are listed under the heading When can I go on an internship?
For foreign internships, you should always request permission from the internship coordinator concerned, even if the internship is offered internally. This is due to the propaedeutic requirement (see above), among other things.
What about field internships?
Request permission by e-mail or visit the internship coordinator concerned. Once you have found an internship address, don’t say that you are going on an internship ‘some time', ‘somewhere in England/the Netherlands/Italy’, but give details of when, where, how long, who is offering the internship and what you will be doing on the internship.
For non-field internships, museum and heritage internships or a material internship, you should explain in advance the aim of the internship in writing: what exactly will you be doing, what is the archaeological importance, will your work be contributing to a large project? Does the organiser of the internship expect something special from you, for example contributing to a report?
In consultation with your internship provider, you draw up an internship plan. Approximate length: 1 A4. Enclose this internship plan as an appendix with your internship report.
The idea behind the internship plan is for both parties to be clear about the expectations. Furthermore, it offers the internship coordinator the opportunity to provide ideas early on about the content of the internship.
Print the internship agreement out in triplicate and complete it in as much detail as possible. Post the three copies in the mailbox of the internship coordinator concerned or give it to him/her in person. One copy is for you, one is for the internship coordinator and one for the internship provider. You will attach your own copy to the internship report. You can then collect two copies of the internship agreement.
An internship is a special form of employment and needs to be formally regulated. This is also important with respect to insurance. In some cases, the internship company also has an internship agreement. In that case, you will still need to complete the faculty internship agreement. In addition, the Administration Office of the faculty wants to know who is doing which internship and where. Furthermore, the internship agreement provides an estimate of the expected number and type of internship reports.
One week before the start of the internship, send an e-mail to the internship coordinator containing the contact details of the internship supervisor (name and e-mail). In the subject line of the e-mail, put "start internship".
The internship coordinator then sends you and the internship supervisor information on the internship assessment form.
You give a printed version of the internship assessment form (see Forms) to the internship supervisor. The assessment of your internship supervisor as well as the quality of the internship report determines the grade you receive for the internship.
Are you going abroad? Read on at the page internship abroad.
You are required to write a daily report, also during non-field internships. Internship days for which no report is available will not count as internship days.
Ideally, the internship supervisor will have the opportunity to discuss a daily report with you at some point. Good daily reports form the basis for a good internship report.
In the Digging Deeper syllabus which is available in the Blackboard module Internship 1 & 2, you will find more instructions about writing a daily report in the text and in appendix III.
The internship report
The internship report consists of 3 parts:
A) Information about the internship
A) The information about the internship consists of:
A1 - Factsheet
A2 - The completed and signed internship agreement (= permission from the internship coordinator);
A3 - The internship assessment form (completed and signed by the internship provider).
All the required formats are available under the heading Forms.
B) The internship report must be regarded as an essay and follows the same guidelines. That means that the report has clear chapters, well written text and literature references.
Details about how to draw up the report are provided in the format for the report part. The report must meet the faculty standards; see the document Faculty of Archaeology essay guidelines.
C) The appendices also consist of several parts, see the format for the appendices part.
Note: for Museum and Heritage internships, slightly different norms apply to the report and appendices:
Museum report + appendices, Heritage report + appendices.
You must hand in your report at the very least 6 weeks after the last day of the internship. After these six weeks the report will not be graded and a new internships needs to be chosen, unless the Board of Examiners gives permission for the delay. The weeks during which the Administration Office is closed (summer holidays and Christmas holidays) are not counted.
N.B. if you want to graduate in:
September: grades have to be handed in at the administration office 11th August 2017 at the latest (so make arrangements with your internship coordinator to make this possible).
February: grades have to be handed in at the administration office 12th January 2018 at the latest (so make arrangements with your internship coordinator to make this possible).
A printed version of the completed internship report must be posted in the mailbox labelled Internship Reports. The submitted copy will not be returned to you. You may access it during the opening hours of the Administration Office, where it will be archived for 5 years.
You also need to submit part B of the internship report via Blackboard SafeAssign. Enrol in the Blackboard module Internship 1 & 2 and follow the instructions. For Dutch internships, it is vital that you first pass the PvE through SafeAssign and then part B of the internship report.
If the two SafeAssign links (first PvE, then internship report), the factsheet (A1, see above), the completed and signed internship agreement (A2, see above) or the assessment form are missing (A3, see above), the internship report will not be accepted and will not be read. In that case, you will be notified by e-mail within 2 weeks.
In principle, the internship coordinator who has given permission for the internship also assesses the report. The internship report must have been assessed within 6 weeks of the submission date. This means that the checked copy must be available in the Administration Office after 6 weeks. However, the results may only be entered in uSis several working days later. The weeks when the Administration Office is closed (summer/Christmas holiday) are not included in this period.
Internship reports are kept by the Administration Office where they can be read. The internship assessment form is added by the internship coordinator. The grade will be published via uSis.
If the internship coordinator is unable to assess the internship report within this period, you will be notified in good time.
If the internship report is marked unsatisfactory, the internship coordinator will notify you by e-mail within 6 weeks. An improved version must then be submitted within 2 weeks. If this report is also marked unsatisfactory or if it is not submitted in time, the internship will not count.
The fraud protocol naturally applies to internship reports too. The result of the SafeAssign report plays a role in this. If the internship coordinator establishes an irregularity in the report with regard to the fraud protocol, the Examination Committee is duly informed.
Safety: Insurance, health and safety and environmental regulations
For your own safety during fieldwork or intership, please see the information page about safety.
A1 Factsheet (Stage 1 en 2) (Dutch)
A1 Factsheet (Internship 1 and 2) (English)
A2 Internship agreement (Dutch)
Internship agreement (English)
Internship agreement (French)
A3 Internship assessment form (Internship assessment form)
Internship assessment form (English)
(to be completed by internship provider)
Internships MA Archaeology
A compulsory feature of the MA and MSc programmes is the Fieldwork /Internship course, which will provide a much-needed practical component to complement the more theoretical aspects of the MA and MSc.
This internship will involve a small practical project of three weeks or 15 days, exclusively linked to the 1st focus of the specialisation of your choice, and can take various forms: fieldwork (excavation or survey), a museum internship, or laboratory/analytical work.
Procedure for the internship
- Enroll in the blackboard module.
- Please, contact the internship coordinator of your first focus in time to arrange your internship, i.e. at least 8 weeks before an internship abroad.
Please, note that you must register in time for internships abroad, as visas and permit applications need to be made a long time in advance.
- Write a work plan conform the instructions in the e-guide and send it to the internship coordinator of your first focus for approval. See Ects distribution.
- The internship coordinator of your first focus sends his or her approval to you and the curriculum coordinator.
- Have your internship agreement signed by the internship coordinator of your first focus and, if applicable, of the external employer involved.
Make sure three copies are made of the signed form: one for the internship coordinator, one for the external employer and one for you.
At the end of your internship
- Have the evaluation form signed by your field director
After the internship
Write an internship report and hand it in with the internship coordinator of your first focus
In hardcopy to your intership coordinator
- Or through SafeAsign via the blackboard module Fieldwork/internship (Go to Content and then to your first focus, there you can submit your report via Turnitin).
N.B. If you want to graduate, please keep in mind that the report should be handed in in time. Furthermore, please notify your internship coördinator that you want to graduate, so he or she can submit your grade to the education office in time.
- For graduation in February: 14 December
- For graduation in September: 12 August
Insurance, health and safety
For your own safety, please check out the information on the university crisis team. Please, note that excavation leaders are deemed to send a list of the participants and other details on the fieldwork to Yvonne Haring. If you are doing fieldwork individually, you should do this yourself, using the form Fieldwork details.
Please, note that for internships in the Netherlands you need a Basic Dutch Public Health insurance in case you get paid more than € 150, see the Nuffic site.
For internships abroad, please, take notice of this information concerning health and safety abroad.
Do not forget to check whether you have the proper visa and permits.
N.B. Especially non-EU citizens may need additional visa or working permits for internships abroad. You can check out the NUFFIC site on working while studying. But you can also always check this with the international student advisor.
The Faculty of Archaeology offers a scholarship for the MA internship of 400€ to cover some of the internship costs, such as travel costs or accommodation. N.B. This scholarship is only granted for costs that cover the MA internship related to the first specialisation.
Internship/fieldwork coördinators MA 2016-2017
Dhr Prof.dr. F.C.W.J. Theuws (until 1000 AD)
Mw dr. R.M.R. van Oosten (after 1000 AD)
Prof. dr. M. van Kolfschoten (Zoology)
Dhr dr. M.H. Field (Botany)