YWU-70318 BSc Internship International Land and Water Management


Credits 18.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)ir. B Bruins
S van der Kooij
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. PJGJ Hellegers
prof. dr. CJ Ritsema

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Assumed knowledge on:

Students should have successfully completed at least 102 credits of the BIL program, including all BIL year 1 courses, Design in Land and Water Management 2 (WRM-21312) and Research Methodology for Human Environment Interactions (YRM-21306). In addition, it is recommended to have completed ENT-50303 Analysis and Prevention of Health Risks in the Tropics.
The BSc Internship is the second of a set of three courses that constitute the BIL completion trajectory. The first course in this set is YRM-21306, the second course is the BSc internship (YWU-70318), the third course is the BSc thesis (YWU-80812). The three courses are highly interwoven. The thesis and internship are partly carried out simultaneously in an international land and water management context abroad and the thesis is written in Wageningen. The set of three courses is preceded by an intake with the BIL internship coordinator at either SLM or WRM.
YWU-70318 BSc Internship International Land and Water Management and YWU-80812 BSc Thesis International Land and Water Management must be followed simultaneously, either in periods 1, 2 and 3 or in periods 4, 5 and 6. The block ends with a month of joint writing sessions in Wageningen (depending on the choice of periods either in January or in June).


The BSc-internship (YWU-70318) is a supervised and structured working experience in an international professional setting that enables students to gain practical and international experience in the field of land and water management. In this part students will experience the international, interdisciplinary and intercultural nature of the domain, as well as its complexity. Students are required to reflect on these aspects as well as on their own performance in this international land and water management context. To conclude the course, students are required to participate in sessions during which they reflect on and present their experiences during their internship in the form of a back to office presentation and a (reflection) report. They conclude the report with a section on their future learning paths (choice for minor, MSc, MSc specialization and future career). During the internship, also data and information is gathered  for the BSc-thesis (YWU-80812 BSc Thesis International Land and Water Management).

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- assess the relevance of the knowledge and skills (learned during the study) in practical and real work situations in the domain of land and water management;
- acquire additional relevant knowledge, skills and insights in the work field of land and water management; -
- reflect critically on the own performance and process of working in an international land and water management context;
- design and plan their future learning path.



-, formulation of  professional and personal learning objectives and a detailed planning of activities (included in the BSc internship contract;
- execution of professional activities and research under the supervision of the host institution and WU-staff;
- visiting other land and water management contexts in relation to the students topic (projects, organizations, research programs);
- collection of data and information pertaining to the research topic of the internship and the BSc-thesis;
- writing of a (reflection) report;
- presenting their experiences.


Based on the quality of the internship (with input from the host organization) and the (reflection) report, using the BIL-internship evaluation forms.



Guidelines for the internship-thesis combination are available on:
Brightspace and the SLM and WRM websites

Compulsory for: BILInternational Land and Water ManagementBSc1,2,3,4,5,6