Internship as part of a programme in Holland

If you want to do an internship as part of your study programme in Holland, you can do this on the basis of your student visa.

Internship agreement

The employer does not need to apply for a work permit for you. The employer must, however, be able to present an internship agreement to the Labour Inspectorate, upon request.

You are legally obliged to sign an internship agreement with your higher education institution and internship employer. We strongly advise you to use the standard internship agreement for non-EU-EEA students drawn up by Nuffic in consultation with the Dutch government.

Standard internship agreement for non-EU/EEA students (117 kB)

Residence permit

You are resident in Holland on the basis of a residence permit for the purpose of ‘study’. This residence permit remains valid while you are doing your internship. In other words, you do not need to apply for another residence permit.

Please note that you are only allowed to do an internship if you actually possess a pass-format residence permit. If your application for a residence permit or an extension of your residence permit is still being processed, you cannot begin the internship.

Internship pay

There are no rules about the salaries paid to interns or about how high internship pay should be. This is between you and the internship provider. If you get paid a salary for your internship, it does have consequences for your liability to pay tax, your social security status and your obligation to have health insurance.

As long as your pay is only a compensation for expenses, it will not be subject to taxation. Expenses include, for example, travel expenses. If any other form of payment is made, the internship provider must pay tax and social security contributions.

You might be obliged to take out Dutch public health insurance if you are doing a paid internship. Therefore, it is important to contact the SVB to request an investigation of your insurance situation under the Wlz scheme (free of charge). 

How do you find an internship?

There are several ways to find an internship. A very common method is through your university. Almost all universities have a dedicated desk where they can give you access to their database of internship opportunities.

last modified Jan 15, 2020 09:39 AM