Internships are required components of full-time bachelor programmes in the design departments. By completing an internship, you will gain experience in a real work environment while acquiring the methods and techniques required in your future profession.

Working as an intern in a professional environment is a valuable addition to your studies at the KABK. You will better understand your strengths, the skills you have acquired during your studies, and realise what you would like to improve on before graduation. You will also get the opportunity to orient yourself in the industry and better understand what works and doesn’t work for you. It can also be the start of developing your professional network; who knows, you might meet your future employer or client during your internship!

The entire internship process, from finding a good internship position to your final assessment, will be supervised by an internship coordinator at the KABK. Find below an overview of internship coordinators per department. The company where you will carry out your internship will also play an important role in guiding your process. See in the downloads below the requirements for internship companies and supervisors.

* The bachelor programmes ArtScience and Fine Arts have other professional prep activities as opposed to an internship. Internships are not included as components in the part-time and master programmes.

Goal of the internship

The internship will you give an opportunity to gain valuable insights into your future profession. In addition to the learning objectives that you will devise with your internship coordinator, you must:

  • Complete an internship of at least 2 months (Erasmus internships) and at most 6 months;
  • Orient yourself in the profession and future occupations;
  • Learn the desired occupational attitude and professionals skills of a starting designer/artist;
  • Learn to participate in working and business life;
  • Learn to integrate theory and practice;
  • Discover your own qualities and learning goals;
  • Possibly discover a specialisation;
  • Network, make and maintain contacts to minimise the transition from study to practice;
  • Acquire insights into and gain experience in the field of work and working conditions;
  • Gain experience with professional manufacturing methods and techniques;
  • Learn to work in a team and, where applicable, with clients, product deadlines and in some cases, conduct acquisitions, make quotes and manage budgets.

Preconditions for an internship

Before starting an internship, your internship coordinator must approve your internship plan and you must have completed all prior study components. In exceptional cases, the head of the department may authorise an internship before all prior study components have been completed.

In the middle or at the end of your internship period, the internship coordinator will schedule a return day. You are obliged to attend this meeting and must prepare a presentation. Find more information and an overview of all the steps and internship forms to download, below. The forms include an internship contract and the assessment forms for the internship provider. No separate credits are allocated for the individual steps.

​Internship procedure

The following steps must be taken in preparation for and during the internship. Please refer to the internship forms for more detailed information.

  1. Make sure you obtain a set of internship forms for either an internship in the Netherlands or abroad, depending on your preference.
  2. Complete part A of the internship forms.
  3. Contact your internship coordinator to discuss your plans (part A).
  4. Contact your company of your choice after receiving approval from your internship coordinator.
  5. Apply to the company of your choice – be sure to prepare your portfolio and interview.
  6. Complete part B of the internship forms and acquire all the required signatures.
  7. Complete the ‘interim evaluation by student’ (part C) of the internship forms.
  8. Keep your internship coordinator up-to-date with developments during your internship, especially in the case that problems arise.
  9. Where applicable: Prepare for and participate in the ‘return day’.
  10. Write your internship report while referring to the document ‘Guidelines for Student’s Internship Report’.
  11. Request that your internship supervisor completes the final assessment (part C).
  12. Where applicable: Make a visual presentation of your internship and present this during your department’s internship day.
  13. When necessary, discuss your internship with your internship coordinator.

International internships

Students who would like to do an internship in another European country can apply for an Erasmus+ scholarship. Students who would like to do an internship abroad can find all of the information and forms to be completed under Exchange: Internship abroad.

You will also find more information about international internships on

Frequently asked questions

The internship must be a minimum of 2 months (for Erasmus internships) and a maximum of 6 months.

Your internship coordinator and internship supervisor will determine the exact number of days per week. A preferred minimum number of internship days is 63.

This depends on how long your internship will be, and can vary between 12 and 30 EC.

If you are interested in doing your internship in the Netherlands you can choose between a Dutch or English form. If you are interested in doing your internship in another European country you will need the English form ‘Internship Abroad’. If you are looking to do an internship abroad contact the International Office for assistance.

Visit the Portal on our website to download the necessary forms. Or pick up a set of forms at the student administration.

No, your internship coordinator at the KABK and supervisor at the company where you will do the internship must sign the internship contract that is included in the internship forms.

Please contact your internship coordinator.

Visit the Exchange: Internship abroad page on our website for more information or stop by the International Office at the student administration for assistance.

Departments determine their own rules with regards to ‘return days’, internship reports, and guidance from internship coordinators. For that reason it might be possible that departments differ. Please contact your internship coordinator if you have doubts about what you should do and/or what is expected of you.

The internship coordinator will ultimately make this decision based on the assessment of the company’s internship supervisor, your participation during the ‘return day’, the internship report, and the guidance you receive during the duration of the internship.

More information?

Contact the internship coordinator of your department:

Lotte Sprengers & Stije van der Beek

Graphic Design:
Gijsbert Dijker

Lyndsey Housden

Interior Architecture & Furniture Design:
Willem Moeselaar

Textile & Fashion:
Gerrit Uittenbogaard