For students from non-EU/EEA countries, there are strict rules for working in the Netherlands during your studies.
Tewerkstellingsvergunning or TWV
From you, your future employer or employment agency needs the following two documents to accompany the application for a work permit:
After the application has been processed, your employer will receive your work permit. You can ask your employer for a copy of your TWV for your own administration. Your work permit will be valid for the same time period as your registration at the UvA. Therefore, your employer needs to request a new work permit if you renew your registration at the UvA.
An internship is a work placement or practical training arrangement designed to give you practical experience in the field of your study. It often offers a small financial compensation. Because an internship is a learning goal, this allowance is not regarded as a salary.
A traineeship, though, is a starter’s position for graduates with a normal salary, so a traineeship is not regarded as an internship.
For EU/EEA students
For non-EU/EEA and Croatian students
When you receive financial compensation more than €150 per month or €1,500 per calendar year for your internship, it is considered a wage. In this case, you will need to take out basic Dutch health insurance. Dutch basic health insurance is more expensive than private insurance, costing around €100 a month. For more information, follow the link below.
The UvA Student Careers Centre can help you with finding your internship through workshops and personal coaching on career orientation, personal skills and career skills.