Internships and volunteering are fantastic ways to gain work experience in your field of study or to expand your skill set outside of this. Here, we’ll cover the information needed to get started on building your C.V!
If you’re looking for an internship, the first point of contact should be your faculty. Most faculties will have an internship office or a study advisor who can help you with information on the practicalities and requirements. They might also have a vacancy board listing all internship positions related to your university or specifically offered to students of your university by different businesses.
For Maastricht University in general, start your internship search on the university’s dedicated pages internships and the UM Employability Portal. Students at Zuyd University should contact their faculty to inquire about internship opportunities.
Step on the Box
mymaastricht has collaborated with this company that connects young people with organisations to create impactful campaigns developed with real clients through an Inhouse Sprintday Challenge. During these challenges, you will have the opportunity to see inside a company and work on a real-life business case. You will act as a young consultant in the office for a day. It’s a unique opportunity for students to get to know different companies, gain practical experience, and network with other like-minded students, managers, and employees from various companies for possible future career purposes. Students can create their profile online at https://steponthebox.com/
The requirements to conduct a (paid) internship are the same as those to pursue employment in the Netherlands. The link will take you to our dedicated page where we cover everything you need to know.
Also, please remember that if you are conducting a paid internship, you will need to take out Dutch basic health insurance.
We all know that volunteering is important to give back to the community we live in. We really believe that by doing voluntary work, you are converting your concern with societal issues into action showing you’re a responsible person and that you can take initiative. All qualities a future employer will highly appreciate. Thankfully, there are plenty of volunteering opportunities in Maastricht. Here are some links to get you started:
- Match for Brighter Futures gives university students the opportunity to volunteer and provide tutoring to middle-school children who have grown up with fewer opportunities. Applications are accepted throughout the year but please be aware that this is a Dutch-speaking position.
- You can also look for English-speaking volunteering opportunities on the Civic Engagement Portal
- Take a look at vacancy websites in the Overview Career Links
- Serve the City helps people in adverse circumstances through sports, games, music and much more by organizing meaningful opportunities for you as a volunteer to be involved in your own city
- The United Nations Student Association Maastricht also offers various volunteering opportunities
There are many more organisations you can volunteer with, you can go to our community page to find them!