Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in Europe. While it may be most notable for its Red Light District, coffee shops, and nightlife, Amsterdam is much much more. Rich in World War II history, art, café culture, and of course stunning canals make this place a must for an internship experience. According to IAmsterdam, there are more bicycles than residents, so the city vibe is young and environmentally friendly. Generous tax laws make Amsterdam a great place to do business, so many global companies have set up shop in the bustling capital city. English is also widely spoken because it is a requirement for all students in Dutch schools. Landing an internship in Amsterdam will allow you to not only learn new skills like enhanced cross cultural communication, but it will provide access to the quintessential European experience in one of the most idyllic cities on the continent.
In order to be eligible for an internship anywhere in the Netherlands including Amsterdam, you must be enrolled in school. Once you have earned a diploma, you are no longer eligible. That being said, there are a couple ways you can secure an internship here. If you are already studying in the Netherlands then you do not need an additional work permit. Your student visa should cover it as long as an internship is part of your program of study. Any salary is between you and the company you work for, however, you will be subject to taxes and be required to take out mandatory health insurance if the salary is beyond expenses. If you attend a school outside of the Netherlands, there are even more rules to follow including having your employer secure a work permit for you, and there are strict salary regulations for tax purposes depending on how long you decide to stay. You will also need to acquire a residence permit or visa, and this varies from country to country. For more details, see the Study in Holland website.
Types of Internships
Because English is so widely spoken, the opportunities for an internship are endless. Amsterdam is home to many globally recognized companies like Heineken, Nike, Marriott International, Philips and Tommy Hilfiger, and they are all looking for English speaking interns like you. Graduate Land has an up to date listing of internships at major companies in Amsterdam in the areas of finance, marketing, communications, international studies, merchandising, commerce and more.
Living in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is truly an international city, and this can be seen and heard in both the sound of varied languages while walking through the city and the assortment of international restaurants in all of the neighborhoods. Getting around couldn’t be easier with public transportation accessible by OVchipcard that can be topped up at a multitude of stations. Not only can you get around the city, but the entire country is right at your fingertips with trains to cities throughout the Netherlands and beyond leaving multiple times daily. Schiphol Airport is also one of the best in Europe, so the sky’s the limit on travel opportunities.
If you are looking to immerse yourself in local transport, buying a bicycle is the way to go. Bike paths are everywhere, and bikes always have the right of way. It is also a wonderful way to catch a glimpse of the beautiful countryside scenery or the canal rings.
On the weekends or after work, head over to Leidseplein or Rembrandtplein for the best local nightlife in town. Each square is ringed with bars and clubs that stay open until the wee hours of the morning. For history buffs, you have your pick of over seventy museums including the famous Rijksmuseum or Van Gogh Museum in the trendy Museumplein area. There are also forty parks throughout the city to spend lazy days recovering from the night before or recharging for the workweek ahead. The biggest is Vondelpark which has ample bike paths and cafes throughout.