Career Development

We are currently writing a policy plan for a subject, an important employment skill. And earlier this year, we were trained in job-market sessions in subjects such as networking and job applications
Wouter Berkhof, student

During your programme, you will work on academic and professional skills. You are also invited to prepare yourself for your future career in more practical and explicit ways, by:

  • Reflecting on your motivation.
  • Researching your opportunities on the job market.
  • Creating ties with potential employers.
  • Practicing skills needed for job applications and interviews.

This way, you will establish yourself as a professional.   


An internship gives you the opportunity to learn how to apply academic skills and knowledge in real-life situations and to gain practical experience in your field, in order to prepare you for employment after graduation. Students of the programme have, for instance, worked as interns at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the city of Rotterdam, BNR News radio and several political parties. 

Keep in mind that most organisations in the Netherlands use Dutch as their working language. However, you can also do an internship abroad, at a research project at a university or at an international organisation.

Politics and Society Lab

Instead of an internship you can do the Politics and Society Lab, a group project. Together with two or three other students, you will - supervised by one of your teachers -  dig into a recent social or political debate that is connected to one of the core themes of the Master's programme. You will not just analyse the debate from various angles - political, social, juridical, financial -  but also contribute to it. Some examples: tracing and analysing existing (research) reports, doing interviews or working with questionnaires, or attending debates in parliament.

Career orientation seminar

In the first semester you participate in the seminar, a combination of workshops helping you to prepare for the labour market, other trainings and a meeting with alumni.

Career Services

Career Services offers events, tests, coaching and training in and outside your Master's programme, related to professional self-analysis, career orientation and job application skills. You can find more information about career services on Career Services for Dutch students or Career Services for international students.

Your Perspective

Your Perspective is a monthly career orientation meeting for students and alumni of the Faculty of Humanities at Utrecht University. Each month we explore a different workfield or theme that is relevant for students of various disciplines within the humanities. 

Career Night Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities organises a Career Night Humanities with interesting partners who will illustrate the diversity in career opportunities for humanities graduates and give you possibilities to develop yourself by joining their projects or attending their services. 

Careers Day 

Once a year Utrecht University organises a Careers Day. This Careers Day offers the opportunity to sign up for workshops and trainings, and to meet recruiters at the careers fair. It’s also possible to participate in a job application training or have your résumé checked.

UU Careers Day