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.
Internships during the Masters Public Administration
Internships give master’s students the opportunity to work in an organisation within the field of Public Administration, such as a government organisation, a consultancy firm or an NGO. Students can use the knowledge and skills they have acquired during their course and gain work experience at the same time. An internship can take place in the Netherlands, but also abroad.
Although doing an internship is not part of the master’s programme, students are allowed to do so. Since it is not part of the programme and there is no time reserved for it, this means that it will probably take longer to graduate. Although students do not receive any ECTS for internships, it goes without saying that it is relevant experience that they can put on their CV.
Planning and timing of an internship Some internships can be combined with the programme, for example when the internships are not fulltime or the organisation and/or work is flexible. When an internship cannot be combined (which will often be the case), it is best to do the internship after you have finished the courses. The student is responsible for the planning of the internship.
If necessary, the study advisers can sign the internship agreement for you. Agreements will only be signed if you have obtained at least 10 ECTS from the master’s programme and if your internship starts in your second semester (for the September intake this will be in February and for the February intake this will be September). The study advisers will not sign if you have not started yet or just started with the master’s programme.
Please note! The university cannot be held responsible for any damage you cause or incur while at or travelling to your internship. Please check the internship agreement in advance for details on this matter. If your agreement states that you are or the university is responsible for any damage you cause or incur, your study adviser will only sign if you can provide proof of liability insurance for the duration of your placement.
Internship vacancies The initiative for finding an internship lies with the student. Vacancies are published on the website of the Leiden University Career Zone (mostly in Dutch), but there are also other ways to find an internship, for example through internship mediators such as Integrand, Covenant Internships or AIESEC (abroad). You can also send an open application to interesting organisations
Combining an internship with the thesis
Students who wish to combine their internship with writing their master’s thesis, need to discuss this with the thesis supervisor before starting the internship.
Information for organisations who offer vacancies for (master’s) students
The Institute of Public Administration does not act as a mediator between students and internship organisations. The organisation can post vacancies on a special web page on the Leiden University Career Zone website. They can also contact the career advisor of the faculty. The selection procedure must be held by the organisation.
Organisations who wish to offer at least one vacancy per year for our students can contact the Programme Director for the Master Public Administration: firstname.lastname@example.org
Up to now, international students doing a paid internship and receiving more than € 150 internship pay were legally required to take out a Dutch basic health insurance. This policy has now changed.
As of 1 October 2018, international interns receiving at least the Dutch minimum wage that applies to their specific situation, are considered to be insured under the Dutch Health Insurance Act. This means they are legally required to take out Dutch basic health insurance. If the internship pay is less than this minimum wage, the interns are not allowed to take out a Dutch basic health insurance.
If the latter is the case, they can stay insured with the health insurer in their home country or take out a private international health insurance. Students from the EU/EEA may be eligible to receive a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which covers their necessary medical costs during their stay. They are advised to check this with the health insurer in their home country before departure.
For the calculation of the minimum wage that applies to a specific situation, please see the following tool (only available in Dutch).
If you have received a letter from the CAK regarding your insurance obligation it is important to contact the Sociale Verzekeringsbank (SVB) for an assessment of your insurance position under the Wlz scheme. You need to take action within three months or you will receive a fine of approximately €400. Even if you incorrectly received the letter from the CAK.
For general questions about health care insurance, please contact the Zorgverzekeringslijn.