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During your internship

As an intern, it is a good idea to take a moment to reflect on your first experiences halfway through your internship and look ahead to the weeks you will spend at the organisation. It is a great opportunity for you to reflect on your qualities, motivation and ambition and to explore your future career. The UvA Student Careers Centre can help you do this.

Career advice

A careers adviser can help you find out more about your qualities, interests and motivations, help you gain insight into increasing your effectiveness in work settings, and help you explore the professional field. You will be able to get answers to questions you may have, which include:

  • How can I use my internship to learn more about my qualities, interests and motivations?
  • How can I use my internship for career orientation?
  • I don’t fully understand the assignments I am getting. How can I get more clarity?
  • I want to get more out of my internship. How do I do that?
  • How do I ask for help within the organisation?
  • I think I would like to keep on working here. How do I do that?

Would you like to discuss your internship experiences with a careers adviser? 

Various types of supervision

Interns themselves are responsible for upholding the agreements with the company regarding the nature, scope and performance of their duties during the internship. If something goes wrong, interns will have to bring up that issue themselves. In such cases, you can consult the following people:

Supervisor within the organisation:

The person who gets you started within the organisation is your point of contact for day-to-day responsibilities.

Internship supervisor of your programme:

Assesses your learning objectives and the content of the internship, assesses the design of your research, monitors progress, can assist regarding potential conflicts during the internship, provides feedback on your internship report.

Internship coordinator/contact:

Monitors the quality of the internships within the programme, assigns an internship supervisor, can assist regarding conflicts with the internship supervisor, on hand to answer questions about the internship.