The internship is an essential element of the MSc study program of our students.
A student is entitled to carry out his internship, when he/she has finished (almost) all compulsory courses of the program. After the internship, only the master thesis research remains to be done. The knowledge level of the students at the start of the internship is approximately that of a young academic engineer. They have a good theoretical knowledge and some project experience. The integration of courses and projects is one of the major approaches in our study programs.
The internship has a minimal duration of 14 weeks. A somewhat longer period (about four months) is possible. However, students should not extend their internship too much, as this leads to an undesirable delay of their study progress. The duration of the stay of a student with the company should be agreed beforehand in a contract.
The Internship is considered as a do it yourself activity: the student organises his own internship. This is part of the working experience that he should obtain from his training period. Of course all this happens under the supervision and responsibility of the Internship office.
The aims of the internship for the student are:
- to get an overview of the professional world of his specialty,
- to get experience in applying for a (training) position,
- to carry out a project, profitable for the host institute,
- to learn how to function in an organisation as a young engineer,
- to practice knowledge and skills,
- to enlarge knowledge and skills,
- to experience by preference an international work situation.
It is the intention that the company defines a specific problem to be solved by the student during the internship. This problem definition should be put in global terms and leave room for the following elements, to be brought in by the student:
- analysis of the problems to be solved,
- literature search
- proposal for a solution in terms of a design,
- proposal for an implementation of this design,
- proposal for the deliverables that should be ready at the end of the training period.
Of course the student should discuss these proposals with the company as the results will have to satisfy the company’s wishes.
The company will appoint a company supervisor and the university will appoint a university supervisor. The company supervisor will act as the student’s superior during the training period and the student will carry out his work in collaboration with him. The university supervisor of the internship project will be a staff member of the university. The role of the university supervisor is twofold:
- He will guard the academic level of the training project and as such he will have to approve the problem definition before the start of the training period.
- He will be available to the student for advice during the training period. If possible he will pay a visit to the student and the company once during the training period.
At the end of the training period, the company supervisor will be asked by the student to evaluate the various aspects of the internship. To this the student will hand him an evaluation form to be filled in. Based on this and on the student’s report the university supervisor will decide about the final mark that the student will obtain for his work.
Before the start of the training period, the company and the student should sign a contract. The student will only sign after consultation of the internship office. A standard contract can be found at our site under “Forms in English” and under “Forms in Dutch”.
The company may decide that the results of the work should be kept confidential. In this case the university will not publish anything about the student’s training period. However the university supervisor will have to read the report to be able to evaluate the level of the student’s work. If desired, the student and the university supervisor will sign a declaration about the confidentiality of the work. The office may however advise against this, if the conditions in the declaration are unreasonable in her opinion.
In all cases the report will have to be available for inspection by the accreditation organisation (NVAO) which has the right to check the quality of our internship projects.
In general, students apply for a project by means of a procedure like an application for a job. This will happen according to the wishes of the company. The student will prepare an application letter and curriculum vitae (resume). The department will make a course list with marks. Students may select a company, research institute or university from the database in the office of the internship coordinator. Alternatively, many students find a training position by consulting scientific staff members for their contacts with companies. Also, some students prefer to apply at a new organization. The coordinator assists in the application procedure and preparation for the training period of the student.
At the Dutch universities, the bachelor-master system is now fully operational.
The Bachelor’s programme takes three full years and will give a solid base in the chosen discipline. The time scheduled for projects and labs is about one third of the total number of hours per year (1700 hours). Therefore, the student not only develops his theoretical knowledge, but also learns to apply his knowledge in practical situations. At the end of the bachelor period, the bachelor project will give the student some opportunity to start a specialisation.
The Master’s programme has two academic years. The first year is dedicated to compulsory and elective courses. The second year consists of the internship and the master’s thesis research.
Often the internship position is related to the specialisation field of the student. Sometimes students prefer to make their education as broad as possible and to work in a project outside their main specialisation.
The EEMCS faculty provides the following programs:
Internet Science & Technology
Systems and Control
After the bachelor program, many students will continue with the corresponding master program. Other students will choose a specialisation master, like Systems and Control, Embedded Systems, Internet Science & Technology or Interaction Technology.
More information about our programs can be found at https://www.utwente.nl/en/eemcs/education.
If you have any question, the office will be glad to help you. You will find contact information at our site.