Internship abroad in the Netherlands second chapter

Manuela Wurps is studying Social Work and Health at Emden/Leer University of Applied Sciences and completed her compulsory internship in the Netherlands in summer 2021. She is the second student whou found an internship in the Netherlands with the "Grenzenlo(o)s Talent!" project. For 6 weeks, she worked at the Speeltuin Centrale Groningen and provided active support there. Together with the mainly volunteer staff, she set up a mobile summer holiday programme. The holiday programme was mainly directed at children between the ages of 5 and 10 from socially challenged families. The holiday programme in which she was involved took place at 8 mobile locations in Groningen.

Many positive experiences

Especially the pleasant atmosphere on site made it easier for Manuela to quickly find a good connection. She was supported in her search for accommodation and was also provided with a rental bicycle for the duration of her internship. An internship salary was also paid.

Manuela's conclusion:

"The internship was a complete success, I was able to make many new contacts and it gave me a super interesting insight into the working world on the other side of our border region. During the entire internship, I also had a lively exchange with the contact person of the project partner, who was always available for questions and problems. I can highly recommend an internship in the Netherlands through the project "Grenzenlo(o)s Talent!

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Internship in the Netherlands

How do I get in contact with companies in the Netherlands?

Via the project coordination „Grenzenlo(o)s Talent!“ of the Career Service and via the JobPortal
Web:www.hs-emden-leer.de/grenzenloos und www.hs-emden-leer.de/hochschule/organisation/einrichtungen/career-service/career-port-ihr-job-und-karriereportal

What are the possibilities of financial support?

As a rule, interns receive a salary from the company. In addition, it is possible to apply for an Erasmus grant from the International Office  (Link www.hs-emden-leer.de/hochschule/organisation/einrichtungen/international-office).

Are there differences in the world of work in Germany and the Netherlands?

In the Netherlands, companies often request fewer written documents, usually the CV is sufficient. Much emphasis is placed on the personal interview. In the business world there, people are more informal in terms of approach and communication than in Germany, e.g. the transition from "Sie" to "Du" is more relaxed. This is unfamiliar to Germans and should be taken into account in hierarchical structures. Further information is available on the web: https://grenzinfo.eu/jobroboter.