Of my time in Belgium, the thing that stands out the most is my internship with TE Connectivity (now Commscope). Also the international aspect was great.
During the internship, the students are brought into contact with the industrial or societal context of the master programme and experience how their acquired knowledge and know-how can be applied in their later professional career. Some aspects of the latter cannot be trained in the regular modules.
The internship can be taken during the summer holidays and can be counted as elective course module in either the first or second master year. More information is available on http://aiv.vub.ac.be/opaweb/index?page=variantoo&omaNummer=13867&doelgroep=TS&language=en .
Students interested in doing an internship should contact the internship responsible before June 1 (firstname.lastname@example.org ). The advisor helps in finding the best internship place and is expected to make sure that the internship has sufficient technical-scientific level, e.g. through contacts with the company and the local responsible. A contract should be in place before the internship starts. For an unpaid internship, there is a model contract from VUB and the university offers an insurance for the student as part of this contract. The contract is signed by the student, the advisor, the company where the internship is done and the dean of the faculty.
For the Erasmus Mundus students, the procedure is slightly different. Once they have found an internship, they have to complete a form on the specific website for the EM master. They have to provide a work description, a description of the company and the contact details and function of the supervising researcher. All proposed subjects must then be approved by the Programme Advisory Group, although the decision is usually delegated to the lecturer in charge of the module. Students taking the module from VUB doing an unpaid traineeship, follow the same procedure as other students from VUB: a contract is signed and they get an insurance.
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