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Internship "Professional in Psychology" PSY3379

In short

This elective allows you do an internship in a variety of settings, for example (mental) health care facilities, rehabilitation centres, schools, but also companies such as recruitment agencies. This internship can take place in period 1, 2 or 3.

• This is a practical or clinical oriented internship.
• You will have to organize your internship yourself: finding a spot and a supervisor.
• You can earn a maximum of 6 ECTS  (= max.4 1/2 weeks full time), so you have to take other electives as well.



Doing this elective can be rewarding, but also requires considerable preparation.

Some examples of internships:

Clinical oriented:
  • Child and Adolescent Psychosomatics    
  • Personality disorder treatment
  • Trauma
  • Animal assisted therapy
  • Addiction
  • Creative therapy
Work & Organizational oriented:
  • HR Consultancy
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Forensic oriented:
Police: analysis and investigation
of threats; risk assessment

Application steps

In regular electives you join the sessions but this is a student-initiated module. This means that a you can only be enrolled in this elective if you have found a place to do an internship.  

Also good to know:
• This internship can not be used when applying for the psychodiagnostics registration  (BAPD) and/or vLOGO. Both have strict requirements about accepting working experience, this internship does not meet those criteria.
• The coordinator of this elective has to approve the internship.  There needs to be a supervisor (i.e., a psychologist) at the host organisation, and the content of the internship has to be related to the objectives of the FPN bachelor programme.

• Submit your choice(s) via the FPN electives application form

Select this elective option "The Professional in Psychology: An Internship (PSY3379)" as your first choice on the FPN electives application form.

As this internship will usually be 6 ECTS, you have to complete additional elective courses for 18 ECTS in total. When you want to do these additional electives at FPN, indicate the total number of courses you need including PSY3379. Select PSY3379 as your first preference, followed by the other electives you prefer.

• Found an intership place? Please send us the details

Found an internship place? Congratulations!  Use this form to send us the details about the internship place you found: what is the institution , who is the supervisor (and his/her profession) and what will you be doing. 

In preparation for your internship, you wite a development plan about your learning goals (communication, interventions, observing patients, writing skills,
etc.) The coordinator gives you more information about the content of this plan.


Timeline and deadlines

Participation and the individually written report have to start and to be completed between July and January. Approval should be obtained before the start from the coordinator of this module (see contact details below).


The elective coordinator assesses  the written report and informs the student and the Education Office about the result.


FAQ and Contact

Questions about the Internship "Professional in Psychology" PSY3379

When can I do an internship?
Anywhere in period 1, 2 or 3. You can decide yourself when you plan your internship during these three periods and you can even do the internship during your summer break (but not in period 6 of year 2). You will get 6 ECTS for this elective, which equals 168 hours. You can be flexible in how you plan these hours, which means that you could for example work fulltime for 4 weeks, or work part-time for a longer period of time.

Is there a list of organizations that I can contact to find an internship?
No, you should find an internship yourself.

Can I do an internship and follow another elective at the same time?
Yes, that is possible if you don’t do the internship fulltime. Please note that you are responsible for the planning, so you have to make sure that you can be present at the university if you for example have a tutorial group for your other elective.
I found a company where I can do my internship. What should I do next?
You should contact the course coordinator to discuss the internship. After her approval, you will receive the internship contract that has to be signed by the supervisor in the company, the course coordinator and you. Don’t forget to choose this course (PSY3379) as one of your choices when submitting your preferences for the electives.

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Last modified: Mon, 18/03/2024 - 16:49

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