On this page you can find more information about doing an internship as part of your studies. Please note that this is about internships in the Netherlands. For information about internships abroad, refer to the page International experience.

There are two types of internships:

  • Internship relevant work experience (5 ECTS) – This internship serves to gain work experience that is relevant for your development as a professional in the field of the Built Environment
  • Internship academic work experience (15 ECTS) – This internship has a major academic learning component, with the opportunity to apply state of the art research methods or work on the key aspects of a design

You can do an internship within the space for free electives within your track or register track, or you can do it extra-curricular.

Why an internship?

An internship is a great opportunity to gain experience in the field of your interest. An internship that matches your ambitions and career goals can enhance your academic, career, and/or personal development. Doing an internship, supervised by a professional, gives you the opportunity to experience what it is like to work in a company environment or in an academic research environment, and it allows you to apply the skills and knowledge you've acquired during your studies.

We strongly recommend to challenge yourself and do your internship abroad, for more information click here.

There are a lot of possibilities to find a workplace for your internship. Below are some examples:


  1. Together with the internship provider (company) you set out the contents and duration of the internship. Make sure to discuss the details with the responsible lecturer for internships of your unit (see below), to check if it meets the learning objective of the internship course:


    Course code (5 ECTS)

    Relevant work experience

    Course code (15 ECTS)

    Academic work experience

    Responsible lecturer




    Anne Marie Peters
    (Tuesday walk in hours 13.00-14.00 during the educational weeks)




    Katrin Schollbach




    Dianne van Hove




    Feixiong Liao

    * Note: USRE/CME students can register for the course in OSIRIS, in this way you will get access to the course on CANVAS. Students from other units do not have to register on OSIRIS and should contact the responsible lecturer.

  2. Together with the internship provider, you sign an internship agreement. You must use one of the following standard formats:
    - Standard TU/e Workplace Agreement (you can download it here). This agreement is meant for Dutch students and students with an EU or EEA nationality.
    - Nuffic internship agreement (download) This agreement is compulsory for students with a nonEU/EEA nationality. Both TU/e and the internship provider should keep a copy!

    If the internship provider uses a non-standard contract, you should seek prior approval from our legal advisor. See instructions on the ‘Annex form internship agreement’.
  3. Hand in the signed contract together with the ‘Annex form internship agreement’ to the responsible lecturer of your unit for a signature. You can download the form from this page.
  4. Deliver the contract together with the annex form (signed by the responsible lecturer) to the Education Office. You will be notified when the department’s managing director has signed the internship agreement.
  5. Make sure the internship provider receives a copy of the fully signed internship agreement.
  6. After finishing the internship, deliver your report according to the agreements you made with the responsible lecturer. You will receive an assessment, and the result will be send to the Education Office.

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