Finding an internship in the Netherlands

internship in the Netherlands
Updated 2022-08-20 20:16

Like in many other parts of the world, some jobs require you to gain some prior experience before they consider you for the role. And even if they didn't, it's still a good idea to get all the hands-on experience you can so your CV is top-notch. In this case, you'll be pleased to know that the Netherlands offers plenty of internship opportunities (called stage), both while you're in university and when you get out. Keep reading to find out more information.

Who is eligible for an internship in the Netherlands?

To be eligible for a Dutch internship, you have to be either an EU citizen or enrolled in a university. After you graduate, you won't be able to qualify for a Dutch internship based on the latter, so you'll need to be an EU citizen.

If you're interning while in school, then you'll have to determine whether it'd be part of a Dutch or foreign study program. Depending on the answer, you may have to get certain work permits, and you may be subject to some taxes.

Once you've graduated, the laws surrounding internships for non-EU citizens are similar to those for regular jobs. You'll need to have the proper permits in place to be considered as a candidate, just as you would if you were applying for an office job.

Types of internships offered in the Netherlands

There are several internships available to you in the Netherlands. While the law doesn't require companies to pay you, you'll find that many will offer a stipend or compensation for your travel expenses. For companies that do pay, they'll give you anywhere between €100 to €500 a month. Hours worked weekly will be anywhere from a few hours a week to a full 40-hour schedule. Of course, this can be discussed with the employer and adjusted to ensure you can focus on your studies fully. The length of the internship will also vary from anywhere between three months to a year.

Below are some of the common types of internships you will find in the Netherlands.

Undergraduate internship

You'll get to work while you study, which means the hours should be quite manageable. If you get this opportunity, you should take it, as you'll have relevant experience before you even graduate.

If you feel like you don't have the time and energy to handle an internship on top of your studies, you can also choose to extend your time at university by half a year so you can do an internship at the end.

Undergraduate internship (Final Year Dissertation)

In addition to an undergraduate internship, you can also do one for your final year. For your dissertation, you'll do research for a certain company, then put together a report for them at the end of your internship.

Post-graduate internship

In general, these are more intense, as you don't have classes to worry about anymore. Post-graduate internships will mainly be full-time, lasting for around six months. At the end, if you've done a fantastic job, the company will usually extend an offer for you to come on as an employee. If you don't get this opportunity, at least you've gained relevant experience that may help you get a job somewhere else.


A traineeship is similar to an apprenticeship in which you get trained and work towards a qualification. You'll be glad to know that the majority of traineeships are paid, plus they help you jumpstart your career.

If you're still in university, there are also part-time, unpaid traineeships available.

How to find internships in the Netherlands?

If you're still in university, you can take advantage of their resources to find some positions.

Also, just like with actual jobs, you'll have a good chance of finding internships by scouring websites like LinkedIn, Monsterboard, and Indeed. Just input the internship you're looking for in the search field, and hopefully, you should generate some relevant results.

You can also go to each individual company's website and apply for internships directly.

Fields where you're most likely to find internships in the Netherlands

Amsterdam is home to one of the oldest stock exchanges in the world, so expect to find a great financial industry here. Plenty of banks will be looking for interns.

If you're interested in logistics, then ample opportunities are available in Rotterdam.

For those who want to work in government, then center your internship search in The Hague. This is where the Dutch parliament is, as well as the International Criminal Court and International Court of Justice.

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