Student mobility (internship e.a.)

The curriculum of the Master’s Programme Sustainable Energy Technology (SET) includes an obligatory internship, also called work placement, for students without any relevant work experience. The period of the internship is situated in between the course work and the master’s assignment, which means that you will most likely do your internship at the beginning of the second year of your Master’s Programme (note that you have to have finished at least 2/3 of your subjects!). Although you are supposed to find a suitable employer for this internship yourself, the Student Mobility Centre (SMC) of the Faculty of Engineering Technology can support you in your quest.

One of the objectives of the Master’s Programme SET is to enable students to gain experience with foreign cultures, for instance by carrying out an internship abroad. Therefore especially the Dutch students are encouraged to search for and to find a placement abroad. We advise you to take enough time to search and organise an internship; for an internship in the Netherlands half a year should be enough, but for an internship abroad a whole year might be necessary.


At some point after you started searching you have to register at the SMC, but the sooner the better. You can register by filling in the file tab ‘Registration’ (‘Aanmelding’ in Dutch) in the Student Mobility System (SMS). In this way we know that you are looking for which kind of internship, but more importantly you will get access to the Blackboard site ‘Internship’ (119915; for students Mechanical Engineering and Sustainable Energy Technology). Note that as soon as you have found a suitable place, you will have to notify us by filling in the file tab ‘Assignment’ (‘Opdracht’ in Dutch) and within two weeks after you started with your internship you will have to fill in the file tab ‘Notification’ (‘Melding’ in Dutch). This gives us the opportunity to have the most up-to-date information about the mobility of our students, which is particularly important in case of calamities. More information about the why and how of SMS is given in the Blackboard site.


As mentioned above access to the Blackboard site ‘Internship’ is only granted after registering at the SMC. This site provides you with lots of information regarding the internship, such as hints and tips for searching, items you should take care of during preparation, execution and finalising of the internship, links to the relevant parts of the Manual External Training of the University of Twente, and lots of examples of accomplished internships. When the SMC receives descriptions of internship vacancies, they will be placed on the Blackboard site. Most of the vacancies are in the Netherlands, but some are abroad.

What to do

- read the Manuel External Training, with useful information regarding the internship. This manual is made for all assignments carried out outside the University premises. The Master’s Programme SET has a few additions and small deviant instructions to this manual, which are indicated on the Blackboard site.

- register at the SMC via the Student Mobility System. You will receive a confirmation email and get access to the Blackboard site ‘Internship’.

- Make an appointment with the internship coordinator to talk about the (im)possibilities regarding the internship and/or to go through the internship database to get company names, ideas and/or suggestions for possible interesting places.

For examples of different internships:

and than click on internship.

Internship Coordinator:

Ms. Dorien van de Belt

Office: Horstring W 2.04

Tel: 2457

email: Dr. Ir. D. van de Belt

SMC support:

Ms. Brigitte Leurink

Office: Horstring Z2.22

Tel: 1194

email: G.F.B. Leurink