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Internships in the Netherlands & International Business Issues

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Amsterdam, Netherlands
Course # SA 10203
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2019 05/12/19 to 07/13/19

Program Leader

Name Sandra Rathod
Phone618.420.6579 (mobile)

Program Description

Please note that the dates above are the arrival and departure dates for the class. You need to arrive in the Netherlands by NOON on May 13, 2018. If you arrive before May 13, you will need to make your own lodging arrangements.

Interns will live in the heart of Amsterdam, a beautiful European city filled with museums, galleries and beautiful canals. Everything is easy to reach with the Dutch public transportation system, on foot or by bike. You will have plenty of time to leisurely explore the Netherlands and the rest of Europe during the weekends. You can visit designer stores, chic restaurants, stroll along with beautiful canals, explore the various ethnic communities and diverse historic cities and towns.

This 8.5 week program combines a 3 credit unpaid internship, chosen specially for you based on your major, skills and interests, with a 3 credit academic class, Culture and Business. This program is designed to allow students to work in an international setting gaining not only invaluable work experience, but also develop an appreciation for Dutch culture.

Students from all majors are accepted for this program.

For more information contact Sandy Rathod at or text/call me at 618.420.6579


Academic Credit


Internships (3 credits) are available in a variety of organizations including: small, entrepreneurial firms; multi-national corporations; art facilities; sports organizations; hotels; government organizations; retail; fashion and design houses; museums; and non-profit organizations.

This program offers students a learning opportunity that integrates formal academic preparation and guidance with the culture of the workplace further developing professional values, skills and attitudes.

The program facilitator, Professor Rathod, will locate an internship in the students major and general area of interest prior to arrival. Placements will be based on the major, interests, training and talents of the student along with the success of securing the internship during a interview with the potential internship site. The interviews will take place via skype prior to departure or in-person after arrival.

Students will work a minimum of 140 hours and attend a weekly internship meeting.

Culture and Business

Culture and Business is a 3-credit class that will explore the importance of culture when conducting international business. We will have a number of company visits and guest speakers to discuss current business issues. These visits will give students great opportunity to network and further expand their knowledge of doing business in Euroep.

We will visit a variety of organizations including: small, entrepreneurial firms; multi-national corporations; sports organizations; government organizations; and non-profit organizations.

Cultural Exploration and Excursions

We will explore the Netherlands rich culture through a number of different activities and interact including visits to museums and historic sites, local hotspots, cooking and language classes, etc..

The program fee includes a number of cultural excursions, such as:

  • Half-day tour of Utrecht

  • Day trip to the Hooge Veluwe

  • Day trip to Maastricht

  • Trip to the Wadden Islands including a mud walk

  • Trip to Aachen, Germany

Any students who decide not to participate in the included excursions will not receive a refund.

Ask me how this can fulfill ENTR certificate requirements!

Additional inexpensive, subsidized excursions and cultural events will be available at the students expense.


We accept students of all majors. Students must have completed at least 2 semesters and have a GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4-pt scale. Students who have recently switched majors should have taken at least some classes in their new major to qualify.

Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a strong desire to experience and participate in another culture.

There is no language requirement, since about 90% of the Dutch are fluent in English and a great deal of business is conducted in English.

Program Cost

Program costs are estimated and useful for planning purposes, but are subject to change due to fluctuations in exchange rates and inflation. These are approximate costs. The Netherlands can be expensive and additional travel will increase students costs.

The program fee includes: tuition and fees for 6 credits, housing, internship placements, public transportation passes and some excursions.

Estimated Costs Billed by Purdue*

  • Program Fee $6,979

  • Study Abroad Fee $609

  • Insurance $64

  • Study Abroad Scholarship ($2,000)

  • *this course qualifies for summer financial aid and $2,000 study abroad scholarship

Approximate Additional Fees (paid by student)

  • Round-trip Airfare $800 to $1,200

  • Meals $500 to $1,000

  • Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $250 to $1,000

  • Travel Documents (passport and photos) $175

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should do the following:

Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad. Be sure to ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations or requirements.

Click here for a list of other funding sources available to assist with the costs of studying abroad.

There are also grants and scholarships available for study abroad through the various colleges. Check your colleges study abroad website to learn more.

Application Deadline

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents by the application deadline.

This program has limited space available! Popular programs fill quickly, often before deadlines. To insure your place, apply early!

If you are interested, please create an online study abroad account and submit an online application. Once you have created an application, students should check this page to see the updated status of their application.

Application Process

A preliminary application for this program includes:

  • online study abroad application

  • transcript

  • essay (essay prompts will be sent to you)

  • 2 letters of recommendation (1 academic recommendation on school/departmental letterhead and 1 work related recommendation on company letterhead)

  • copy of passport or proof of application


Once full acceptance has been granted, students are expected to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure program participation (March 15, 2018).

For more information and program updates visit my website: 

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