A job or internship is a quintessential part of many students’ experience at the UvA. However, most students don’t know how to approach the task and often struggle to find opportunities that intrigue them and provide them with both personal and professional development.
For this reason, 020 is aiming to take on this challenge to help all students facilitate their search for internships and part-time jobs.
Take a look at our policies to better the UvA’s internship and jobs practices and let us know your thoughts!

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What will 020 change to provide more internship and job opportunities for UvA students?

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Expand Internship Opportunties

As of now, the UvA Job Board cateres mostly to third-year students which puts its other students in a vulnerable position in a world that values actual job experience alongside one’s academics. We encourage the Job Board to do more for first- and second-year students as well, thus improving their academic experience and equipping them thoroughly for what’s to come.

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Supplementing Online Information

The University is the link between education and the professional world. To take this task seriously, the University should offer more substantial information concerning the career opportunities that follow from the various specialisations one can choose from.

Expand Internship Opportunties

The Problem

Many students want to do an internship to enrich their education with real work experience. Currently, the UvA Job Board does not provide sufficient internship opportunities for all studies and years.

While the UvA Job Board might provide the ideal internship to some students, it certainly does not for all. To illustrate, one of the most common complaints 020 has highlighted is that some studies have very few internship opportunities available to them.

Furthermore, they are mostly focussed on third-year students or starters who just finished their studies. This leaves first and second-year students out in the cold. Naturally, the first and second years are still in the middle of their bachelor and would not use internship data for their thesis. However, they might still be interested in part-time internships or summer internships to go along with their regular studies.

The Solution

020 proposes to put more focus on studies with few internship opportunities and expand the types of internships. Every student should have the chance to do an internship, including first- and second-year students.

Not only would this policy see the supply of internships expanded, but it would also make sure that students can already start working on their work experience before the end of their bachelor. By providing part-time internships and summer internships, students can start applying the skills they learn at the UvA in the real world as soon as possible. Furthermore, it might provide them with valuable insight into which specialization or master they want to pick later.

Interested in the way 020 will implement these jobs and internship policies and what the costs of that will be? Reach out to our Policy and Research Team!

Supplementing Online Information

The Problem

020 sees studying and the choices students make while doing that as fundamental building blocks for their future. Currently, the quality of information the UvA provides regarding specializations and the impact that choice has, is insufficient.

While the UvA provides a lot of information regarding the academic prospects of a certain major, it lacks information on the impact it will have on students’ further careers. As such, if a student does not want to pursue a career in academia, it is hard to make the right choice.

Furthermore, often the most reliable places to get good information are the corresponding master pages of the majors. However, even there the quality of information varies widely between different masters. While some boast extensive logs of alumni testimonies, others are left with nothing of the sort. To exemplify the master page for International Relations has such alumni accounts, yet the Comparative Politics page gets away with a brief bullet-point summary.

The Solution

020 sees information on further career options of specializations as a key element of an informed choice. As such, we want the University to make information on career paths an integral part of the information evenings and website pages.

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First, the presentations on the specializations should be supplemented by concrete information on the possible career paths it offers. Of course, after your specialization, most career options are still open. However, for some students, it might already provide valuable insights into their long-term plans.

Second, all master pages—and ideally also bachelor specialization pages—should provide accounts of alumni. While an overview of the content is great, meaningful lessons can be learned from the experiences of others.

Interested in the way 020 will implement these sustainability policies and what the costs of that will be? Reach out to our Policy and Research Team!