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Structural Internships: conditions and procedure

Structural internships are open to anyone with a Master’s degree in Art History, Conservation, Chemistry, Physics or Heritage Studies. They start every year on 1 October and have a duration of 6, 8 or 12 months. If you successfully complete your internship, you will receive a certificate.

Admission conditions

  • At the moment of recruitment you have held a Master’s degree (Art History, Conservation, Chemistry, Physics or Heritage Studies) for 3 years at the most.
  • You have a practical knowledge of Dutch or French. If not, an excellent command of English is required. For the Labs, basic knowledge of written English is indispensable.
  • You have a scholarship or sufficient means to cover your living expenses. You are not required to pay an enrolment fee, but the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage does not cover the costs of transport, accommodation, insurance (except for third-party liability), medical expenses, etc.
  • You have health insurance and are insured against physical accidents.
  • Are you coming from outside the European Union? Then you need a visa that is valid for the entire duration of your stay.
  • Submit your application in full, within the required deadline.


Send your application (in English, French or Dutch) to the coordinator of the internship programme at

Attach the following documents:

  • application form
  • curriculum vitae
  • motivation letter
  • two letters of recommendation from qualified professionals
  • a certified copy of your Master’s degree and of the official degrees you have obtained since then
  • if you do not have a scholarship: proof of sufficient funds for your stay, proof of health insurance and insurance against physical accidents that is valid for the duration of the internship.

Important note: applications that are incomplete or that have been submitted after the deadline will not be considered.


1 March (midnight)

Deadline for submitting your application (date and time of e-mail sent as proof).

30 April

We will notify you of our decision.

1 October

Your internship starts.

31 March, 31 May or 30 September

You finish your internship with a presentation about your experiences.

What happens after your internship?

Have you successfully completed the entire internship and have you submitted a written internship report?

Congratulations, then you are ready to start working as a heritage professional for the first time, or you now have an important extra asset to continue your career!

You will not receive an official diploma from the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage, but you will receive a certificate. This certificate details your projects and activities during the internship and includes an evaluation of your progress and abilities.

More info about internships at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage

Interested in doing an internship at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage? We will help you with all your questions!

Géraldine Patigny
Géraldine Patigny
Coördinatrice van het stageprogramma
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