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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.

Doing an internship provides students at Leiden University College with a great opportunity to apply the content covered in a classroom setting in real-life situations. We encourage research internships, in which students participate in research programs (e.g. to get data for their capstone projects), as well as work-oriented internships. 

Students must submit the required forms and internship proposal prior to the start of their internships. Failing to submit these documents in time will lead to an uncredited and unmarked internship.  

  • Internship credits are always regarded as internal credits and always count towards your elective space.
  •  The final report must be submitted within 4 weeks after the last day of the internship.   Missing this deadline will result in a Fail mark for the internship.

Finding an internship

A summer internship opportunity can be found by using your own social network, a parent’s network or a network of a LUC staff member. Your Tutor is your first point of contact to discuss the possibilities of an internship.

Examples of internships include (but are certainly not limited to!) research in a science lab, a summer position at an embassy and working at a NGO or archive. We encourage students to find an organisation that fits their interests, whether this is in The Hague, the Netherlands, Europe or anywhere else in the world.

Below is a list of internships LUC has approved for students in the past. Some of these were arranged by the students themselves and their own network, and some were suggested by a member of LUC staff. When the staff member is mentioned you are invited to contact him/her to inquire about the possibilities.

Accreditation of Internship

There are two ways of doing internships at LUC. First, all LUC students can participate in internship programmes outside their studies at LUC. These types of internships are often greatly beneficial to students, but fall outside the scope of this handbook.

Second, students can apply to take part in the LUC internship programme and have their internship count towards their degree. In this scenario, an internship may be eligible for an accreditation of a maximum of 5 internal ECTS that count towards the required 180 ECTS of an LUC degree as a 200-level course. Such an internship will be evaluated with a Pass or Fail mark, which will not count towards the student’s GPA.

In order to apply for this accreditation, an internship application must meet the following requirements:

1.   Students must NOT be on academic or social probation as defined in the student handbook.

2.   The internship comprises of at least 140 hours of work (5 ECTS).

3.   The internship has to be part of the student’s study plan at LUC and recognized as such by the student’s Tutor.

4.   The student has completed all the necessary steps as detailed in this internship handbook.

Most students will do their internships during Winter break (January) or over the summer.  However, if you plan to do your internship during the semester, as a course substitute, you must make sure that you are still taking sufficient courses to fullfil the fulltime courseload requirement (i.e. 30 credits per semester).  Please contact the Internship Coordinator as soon as possible in order to discuss your plans.

Timeline and costs

Please remember to consider the amount of time you need to organise an internship. Internships opportunities abroad may need additional preparation such as arranging a visa and health checks.

Some internships are paid internships some are not. Scholarships are available for those students who choose to have their internship count towards their degree. The LUSTRA scholarship for destinations outside Europe and the Erasmus Scholarship for an internship within Europe.  Note that these scholarships are only available if you apply at least two months in advance.  Contact the Intership Coordinator (internships@luc.leidenuniv.nl) for more information

Documents and Deadlines

Please refer to the LUC Internship Book for guidelines and requirements.

The following documents should be submitted to the Internship Coordinator (internships@luc.leidenuniv.nl):

Prior to the commencement of your internship:

  1. Internship Proposal (attachment A in Handbook: Internship Proposal)
  2. Cover Sheet Internship (and signed by your tutor, LUC Supervisor, and Supervisor of the Host Organisation - Attachment B in Handbook: Cover Sheet Internship)
  3. Internship/ Research Host Registration Form (attachment C in Handbook: Host Registration Form)

After your internship

  1. Final report (must be submitted within four weeks after the last day of your internship - Attachment D in Handbook: Final Report)
  2. Internship Evaluation (must be submitted within four weeks after the last day of your internship - Attachment E in Handbook: Evaluation)
  3. Intern Performance Evaluation Form (to be completed by the supervisor of the Host Organisation and to be submitted directly to the Internship Coordinator -internships@luc.leidenuniv.nl)


When interested, please talk to your academic advisor first. Internship documents can be sent to internships@luc.leidenuniv.nl - Mr. Hung-Wah Lam

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