Why should you do an internship?
An internship is a great way to gain practical experience with the benefit of giving you the full experience of what it’s like to work at the respective company. Ranging from 2 months to a full year, there’s bound to be an internship that suits your needs. The company will also get to know you; internships are a frequently taken route to a great starter position or traineeship!
If you are a Msc Business Administration, Msc Finance or MSc Accountancy and Control student, you are able to do an internship worth 15 ECTS, once you have completed 45 ECTS of your programme. It is of course always possible for all Masters programmes to do an extra-curricular internship.
Do you want to conduct your thesis research in a working business environment?
Then a thesis internship is something you can consider. This allows you to do research for your thesis in the company where you are completing your internship, in an area that the company would like to have researched. Thesis internships allow you time to do work similar to a regular internship, and some time to work on your thesis.
Benefits of an internship:
Lisanne de Ruiter – Former thesis intern EY
“Writing my thesis using the expertise of colleagues, getting to discover a whole new company, after which I could easily move towards my first “real” job, all while getting paid. My thesis internship at the Enterprise Risk team of EY Amsterdam has been one of the best experiences during my study.”
Eager to put your academic knowledge into practice while leaving enough room for all aspects of your life?
Then becoming a working student is the right fit for you. With an average commitment of 12 to 24 hours a week, it allows you to gather relevant experience catered to your specific interests and skills. Meant to be performed alongside your studies, working student jobs are a great way to gain a head start in your career, without compromising your study progress.
The working student jobs offered on our platform differ from ‘regular’ side jobs, in that they allow you to gain up experience in the field you would be interested in working in. If you’re going to be working alongside your studies, why not do it in the industry of your choice?
Benefits of a working student job:
Nino Kriz – Working student DeGiro
“Being a part-time working student allowed me to encounter the concepts discussed in the courses in real life while building a professional network and creating a job opportunity for myself when I finish my studies.”
Finished or almost finished with your studies? Then it may be time for you to start looking for starters positions or traineeships.
Traineeships are training programs that are set up to allow you to become a specialist in a certain area or field, and allow you to gain on-the-job specialist knowledge and skill sets.
Benefits of traineeships:
Our vacancy platform also includes stater positions at our partner companies. When applying for starter positions and traineeships you are often required to complete E-Assessments. If you are a premium Sefa member, you have access to professional E-Assessment training. For more information about E-assessment trainings and the discount click here.
Michelle Yang – VodafoneZiggo trainee
“In 2019 during the Sefa Career Week, I signed up for a case study with VodafoneZiggo as this is the ultimate way of getting to know a company, but also for them to learn more about you. Luckily I was selected to join this event and it turned out not to be only genuinely interesting, but the people who joined from the company seemed really fun as well. During the Sefa Career week they even brought a gaming booth to the site which was really cool. Just imagine how amazing their office would be! After the case study, I could really picture myself working at VodafoneZiggo. Hence, I didn’t have to think twice when the applications for their traineeships started. At VodafoneZiggo they offer Discover Traineeships in six different tracks and it consists of a 1.5 year program. Within this period, you will be challenged to complete three challenging projects in different departments. I started my traineeship on March 1st and I am very excited to start this new adventure!”
Silver and Gold committees are the perfect way to develop your skills further, in a committee requiring a larger time commitment and greater responsibility. Benefits to joining a committee include:
Martha Gonzales- Campus recruiter Philips
”Being in a committee will support your development because this is business, you need to research, present proposals, contact different vendors and company representatives. With all these tasks, you will be able to grow as a young professional, working on your negotiation and communication skills, but also getting to know how you would approach the business world in the near future.”
The Sefa Career Week is a 5-day Career event that is designed to provide students the opportunity to orientate themselves and gain an insight into their future careers.
Sefa Skillsweek are four days to develop yourself on professional, academic and personal field.
The Amsterdam Career Days is the perfect career event for students who are orienting for their future career. Thanks to the collaboration between faculty associations Aureus (VU University Amsterdam) and Sefa (University of Amsterdam), more than 2000 students with different backgrounds are reached every year.