A five-month internship (30 EC) concludes the science communication specialization. Students can choose between two types of internship: a research internship or a reflective practice internship.
In a research internship, the student designs and performs his or her own research project and studies any kind of science-society interaction (e.g. performs a media content analysis or studies a science-society dialogue).
Reflective practice internship
In a reflective practice internship, the student gains experience in the field at science desks, museums or communication companies, and reflects on how science is communicated in these practices.
To view current internship vacancies, please enroll in the blackboard community (login with your VUnet-id on blackboard and search for the organization ‘wetenschapscommunicatie’).
Five internship examples
Science writer: Eric de Kruijk - Labyrint
The Dutch TV program Labyrint focuses on public understanding of science and technology. During his internship, Eric worked behind the screen on the Labyrint website. At Labyrint, Eric learned how to write short and comprehensive articles for the general public. There was a good match between Eric and Labyrint’s editorial office: Eric is asked to make a new documentary in January 2012!
Content manager: Jeroen Klaphake - Northernlight
Triggered by the course Science Museology, Jeroen wanted to work in the field of exhibition development. At the design company Northernlight, Jeroen learned how to translate desires of clients into exhibition content that appeals to visitors in both China and the Netherlands. Amongst others, he discovered cultural differences in how people look at science around the world. The building process of ‘his’ exhibition in China will start soon.
Academic researcher: Janne Polman - KNAW
Janne did her internship at the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences. She used surveys and interviews to study the diversity of stakeholder views on the assessment of the societal relevance of scientific research. The Academy was extra thankful because Janne improved the existing online assessment tool based on the outcomes of her research, and enhanced the understanding of many urgent communication questions.
Change facilitator: Lisanne Hogemaa - BJAA
Lisanne evaluated the organizational change process at the Amsterdam Youth Care Service. Amongst others, she studied the communication between family workers, team managers and behavioural experts during casuistry meetings. She concluded this communication could be improved by professionalizing the family workers. Integrating a continuous learning process could enrich and speed up the organizational change.
Communication consultant: Birk Frankvoort - Science Alliance
During his internship, Birk worked on various projects for Science Alliance. For example, he worked on a platform that connects researchers to patients with very rare types of illness. Researchers make video clips about their projects, and answer questions of patients with regard to their illness. At Science Alliance, Birk especially enjoyed to function in commercial project teams.