The Nuffic Glossary is a list with explanations of terms used in Dutch education.
An internship, or work placement, is a mandatory element in all programmes of higher professional education. It enables students to get a preview of the working environment or profession they have chosen, and to gain practical experience. Often an internship forms the basis of a thesis or final project.
For purposes of credential evaluation it is important to point out that an internship is an integral part of a degree programme, and not just something extra. The term 'internship' used to refer mainly to medical training. This is no longer the case and you see the term used in more and more contexts.
Source: Werkgroep Voorlichting over het Nederlandse Hoger Onderwijs, 1999.