YBI-70324 BSc Internship Biology


Credits 24.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)M van de Peppel
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. ME Huigens

Language of instruction:

Dutch and/or English.

Mandatory knowledge:

Students should have submitted the BSc thesis Biology (YBI-85812), in addition the study programme of the student should be approved by the examining board and before the start of the BSc Internship Biology the student should have an internship contract that is signed by the study advisor.


The BSc-internship Biology is a supervised and structured working experience in a professional setting that enables students to gain practical experience in the field of Biology. Students are required to reflect on these aspects of the domain as well as on their own performance in the context of a biological work experience on a position that can be expected from a BSc Biology graduate. Students have to present their experiences during their internship in the form of a presentation at the chair group that is supervising their internship and they have to write an internship report about their internship activities. In addition, students have to write a reflection report. Furthermore they participate in a self-assessment, making them aware of their competences and enabling them to design their future learning paths (choice for MSc, MSc specialization and future career). Note on supervision of the host institution: your daily supervisor at the host institution should at least have MSc level and a BSc Internship Biology should take place at a well-established institution, company or organisation, excluding universities.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- complete the tasks given by the internship provider;
- complete the provided tasks in time;
- assess the relevance of the knowledge and skills (learned during the study) in practical and real work situations in the domain of biology;
- show initiative and creativity during the internship project;
- perform individually under supervision of an academic supervisor within the context of the host institution;
- adapt to new conditions;
- acquire additional relevant knowledge, skills and insights in the work field of Biology;
- receive and make use of constructive feedback of supervisor(s);
- reflect critically on the own performance and process of working in a biological context;
- design and plan their future learning path.


- writing a project plan including personal learning objectives and a detailed planning of activities;
- execution of professional activities under the supervision of the host institution and WU-staff;
- writing of an internship report;
- writing of a reflection report;
-presenting their experiences to students and staff of the chair group that is supervising the BSc internship.


- evaluation of professional skills (50%);
- individual report, including reflection report (40%);
- presentation (10%).


A course manual can be found at www.StudentenInformatieBiologie.wur.nl.

Restricted Optional for: BBIBiologyBSc1,2,3,4,5,6