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Master Internship: Global Archaeology


Admission requirements

Admission to the Master Archaeology programme, specifically the Global Archaeology track.


In this internship you will apply and improve your previously acquired skills, preferably within a professional context of Global Archaeology, to enhance your employability. The internship provides a much-needed practical component to complement the more theoretical aspects of the master programme.

The internship involves a small practical project of at least 15 working days, and can take various forms: fieldwork, policy advice, heritage management, etc.

Before the start of the internship, you will write a feasible work proposal, which has to be approved by the course coordinator and internship provider before the internship can take place.

An important component of the internship is to gain more practical experience within the chosen field. However, it is also essential that you learn to make your own decisions. You will critically reflect upon the practical activities, and place these in a wider comparative framework (be it theoretically, methodologically or regionally), as well as contextualise the importance of the activities, and evaluate how this experience affects your own development in the chosen field. This will be part of the requirements for the internship report.

Course set-up

Practical training of at least 15 working days in a professional context.

Course objectives

  • Ability to write a feasible work plan, containing a methodological framework, clear research questions, and a demonstration of how to operationalise the research questions;

  • Learning how to apply advanced practical skills, including a critical interpretation and view on the chosen methods (if applicable to your internship);

  • Ability to understand and critically review the relevance of archaeology in present-day society;

  • Ability to understand and critically review the legal and social context and obligations of your project, and to place your project in a larger framework;

  • Ability to critically evaluate the operationalising of a research project;

  • Gaining (more) experience (under supervision) in working in a professional environment;

  • Ability to successfully and independently carry out a project within a limited period of time;

  • Ability to write an academic report on the results, describing the activities and why certain choices were made, and critically reflect on the results and operationalisation of the research questions, also in a broader, multidisciplinary context and in the context of one’s own academic development;

  • Ability to work in a professional team;

  • Enhancing your employability by increasing practical skills needed for a future job.


Course schedule details can be found in the MA and MSc time schedule.

Mode of instruction

There will be one meeting before starting the internship to discuss the expectations of both parties.
The internship provider will coach the student, the supervisor will assess the final report.

Halfway through the internship: check-in by the student by email to evaluate if the internship is progressing according to plan.

Course load

  • 15 working days internship (4.5 ec);

  • Internship proposal and reflective report (0.5 ec).

Assessment method

  • Work proposal (10%);

  • Evaluation of the practical skills (50%);

  • Internship report (40%).

A retake consists of an improvement of the evaluation report within 3 weeks after you received the grade of the first submission. This grade will have a maximum of 7.0.

All exam dates (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in the MA and MSc examination schedule.
The report needs to be handed in within 6 working weeks after the last internship day.

Reading list

To be determined.


Registration via uSis is mandatory.
You can use the study activity number in the timetable for registration.


For more information about this course, please contact dr. R. (Richard) Jansen.


Compulsory attendance during the internship.