Internship supervisor (self-employed or extension of existing appointment)

Internship supervisor (self-employed or extension of existing appointment)

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Do you have a PhD and would you like to supervise internships for Bachelor and/or Master students who are conducting research on topics surrounding science and society? Do you have experience with multi-stakeholder processes that contribute to addressi...

Job description

We are looking for internship supervisors for our Bachelor and Master students who (through ways of digital communication) can supervise our students as they research topics surrounding science and society. You are available from the month February - June (with a possible extension until July/August), for a half day to two days a week. Depending on your expertise and FTE-availability you will supervise students from one or more of the following courses:
  • Bachelor in Health and Life Sciences (you will guide students through the different phases of research: theoretical preparation, literature review, practical activities (such as data collection), statistical analyses, writing a report and holding an oral presentation.
Contact person for questions: Arnout Bunders (
  • Research Master Global Health - these students will carry out Mixed Method research in Year 1, and Transdisciplinary research in year 2.
Contact person for questions: Mitzi Waltz ( Contact person for questions: Durwin Lynch (
Examples of our Master internship topics for the GH and MPA programs can be found on the website of the Athena Science Shop.

Your tasks
  • Academically guiding students through the internship process by setting up weekly meetings (supporting the student in choosing the theoretical framework, methodology, data analysis, etc.).
  • Accommodate student feedback sessions.
  • Attending VU supervisor meetings to ensure smooth supervision and to support each other.
  • Provide feedback on internship reports.
  • Mark reports, articles and presentations.
  • Maintaining contact with the supervisors at the place of internship.


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


  • A PhD, preferably related to the health and/or life sciences.
  • An affinity with and/or knowledge of systems: participatory research, inter- and/or transdisciplinarity, multi-stakeholder processes.
  • Affinity with and/or knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Able to supervise Literature Reviews and internships of students.
  • Fluent Dutch writing and speaking skills (For Bachelor programs) and English (for Bachelor and Master programs).

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 3 months.

An exciting position in a socially involved organization.
We prefer to work with freelancers.
The reimbursement for supervising a Master's student is € 1.200,- per student (24 hours at 50,- during the February - July/August period) and for a Bachelor student it's € 600,- per student (12 hours at 50,- during the March - May period). This rate includes an additional commitment as a second assessor for an internship report for a student that you do not supervise yourself. If you choose to assess more reports, this will be rewarded at 150,- per report. If you are unable to carry out your commitment as a second assessor, the rate for supervising a student will be € 1.050,- per student (Master) and € 450,- per student (Bachelor). In addition to this, 50,- can be claimed for any attended (and organized by VU) intervention with other internship supervisors.

All fees are exempt from VAT.

For current employees at VU there is a possibility to extend the existing appointment to the above mentioned period. Remuneration will then come in at a minimum scale of 10-5 (€ 3.491,- based on 1 fte) and a maximum scale of 10-12 (€ 4.402,- based on 1 fte), depending on the current salary scale. The position is classified according to UFO-profile: Researcher 4.


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor - from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 30,000 students. We employ over 5,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam's Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

The Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science inspires researchers and students to find sustainable solutions for complex societal issues. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to medicines and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research programmes cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. We share knowledge and experience with leading research institutes and industries, both here in the Netherlands and abroad.

Working at the Faculty of Science means working with students, PhD candidates and researchers, all with a clear focus on their field and a broad view of the world. We employ more than 1,250 staff members, and we are home to more than 11,000 students.

Athena Institute
The position is offered as part of the Athena Institute. It is our mission to contribute to a better understanding of innovation processes and to a socially responsible implementation of research and innovation in society. Our research focuses specifically on the development of innovative platforms and tools to facilitate interaction between science and society in the field of health and sustainability.
For further information about the Athena Institute, visit the website.


  • Lecturer
  • 3.8—15.2 hours per week
  • €2402—€6181 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 13406


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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