InternTips – InternQuests

The Research Master’s Brain and Cognitive Sciences (MBCS) gives our students the opportunity to acquire hands on experience of the full empirical cycle, by completing two internships in research labs or companies, in the Netherlands or abroad, and by writing a full academic report. 

Every year about 60 new students join the Research Master of Brain & Cognitive Sciences: ready to start new courses and their first internship around February! 

Finding a suitable internship is quite stressful for many students, so Cognito is here to help you out! We organise two events every year at the beginning of October, to which both first and second year students are invited.


After a very informational presentation from the MBCS about the technicalities of the internships that all students need to know, we take part in the event with some presentations from former students that share their internship experiences and give their tips and tricks to the rest of their students. This might include topics like: what went well at their internship, what didn’t, useful advice, an insider’s view of how to handle finding and getting through an internship, adventures from internships abroad, stories from internships in a company, bad experiences, how to reverse an unfortunate supervisor/internship match. 


In InternQuest, enthusiastic researchers from various labs that are looking for interns speak to the students presenting their projects. The event aims to support students in finding an internship for their first research project. Every year we are happy to see many students finding something of their interest in this event and of course it is also a very cozy opportunity for researchers and students to get to know each other in a more casual environment.

Are you looking for interns and are interested in participating in our event beginning of October? Contact us and get the chance to participate in InternQuest by giving a short presentation (10/15 mins) about your current project(s) and the tasks and responsibilities that will be assigned to your interns! 

Of course Cognito is always around to help out our students! Do you need advice? Are you stressed about finding an internship? Do you have any questions? Reach out!