Graduation in a company

Graduation in a company

Students who started their studies of CSE prior to September 2021 follow the previous curriculum. The information below relates to the previous curriculum; if you are started your studies of CSE in September 2021 or later, this information is not applicable. Some courses may no longer be offered, or are offered under a different course code or name – if you cannot register for a course that is part of your program, consult the Academic advisors.  

If you would like to do internship and/or graduation project in a company/organization, then you should always first find a staff member in a suitable research group willing to supervise the project from the side of the TU/e. Normally, the contacts with the company have been established by your supervisor. We strongly advise against contacting a company yourself first and then look for an appropriate TU/e supervisor. Together with the TU/e supervisor and the company you draw up a description of your graduation project.

The company will often require you, and in some cases the university as well, to enter into an agreement concerning internship and/or graduation project. In this agreement, among others, aspects such as liabilitynon-disclosure/confidentiality and intellectual property rights are arranged.

As such, the agreement can be tripartite (between you, company and the TU/e) or bipartite (between you and company). If you are a non-EU international student, or if you are in the Netherlands on a student visa, you must use a tripartite contract. (Please note that your supervisor cannot sign the contract on behalf of TU/e.)

In the first case (tripartite), the TU/e prefers to use its own model internship and graduation agreement, Parts A and C and Part B, or the Standard internship agreement for non-EU/EEA-students from Nuffic.

If a company is willing to sign the TU/e model agreement or Nuffic agreement would satisfy, then getting the signature from the TU/e side will be reasonably fast.

If, however, a company insists on having their own agreement, then the whole process might take considerably longer as the university educational lawyer might need to be consulted first.

It is important to note the following information as regards clauses concerning:


Intellectual property rights


Check for the above clauses also in case a company offers you a bipartite agreement. If these clauses or other terms or arrangements in the agreement are not entirely clear for you, please, contact your academic advisor. (S)he might need to consult with the university educational lawyer further.

Please note that handling of the contract by the TU/e, including arranging the signature of the managing director on the tripartite agreement, must always go via the academic advisor and thus not via the TU/e supervisor, nordirectly to the managing director.

Your academic advisor is also the person you should contact with questions about the process.

For more information on internship and graduation project agreements check the following page.

Hence, if you plan to do your graduation project or internship in a company, we strongly advise you to start making arrangements early (not weeks, but rather a couple months before the start of your project). Embedded Systems students who need to do a preparation for graduation project (i.e., all Embedded Systems students except those in the EIT Digital special track) should start making these arrangements well before the start of the preparation for graduation project.

For graduation projects in companies that require a graduation agreement, the normal graduation procedure (see the Graduation checklist), should thus be extended with the following steps (after submitting your study program):

1. You explain to the company that it is highly preferable that the TU/e model Graduation agreement is used.

2. Submit your graduation plan together with the proposed graduation agreement in an email to and

3. The academic advisor will judge, on the basis of your submitted study program and your study progress, whether the intended starting date of the project is realistic and arranges that the managing director signs the agreement if the agreement meets the requirements listed above.