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Professional work experiences

An important part of student study at the GLR takes place on location at a professional traineeship. The shared benefits of our student internship program are valued by businesses and students alike.

Each year we have more than 1,400 students receiving professional work experiences at design and other media companies in the Netherlands and across Europe.


Students attending a full-time study at the GLR are required to complete one or two internships for a total of ten months experience. GLR has a network of professional contacts in over 3,500 partner companies. Participating companies have to offer a workplace for five days a week.

The GLR’s Internship Office supports and supervises each student trainee during their experience. GLR internship supervisors keep close contact with current successful business relations and expand the program with the acquisition of new partner companies.

Let's get in contact!

Company representatives interested in learning more about hosting one or more GLR interns at their firm in a foreign country are invited to contact the GLR Internship Office: Nicole Nelis, Internship Supervisor International.

Grafisch Lyceum Rotterdam
Internship Office, Nicole Nelis
Heer Bokelweg 255 (Visiting Address)
Post Box 1680 (Mailadress)
The Netherlands

Tel.: +31 (0)88 200 1500


During a personal student review, GLR mentors and internship supervisors evaluate the motivation and skills of students who want to go abroad. Both, successful study results and a digital portfolio are essential parts of the acceptance procedure. Students selected for a foreign internship consistently demonstrate skills and character that promise to deliver a valuable effort to benefit any organization. Students can apply for a foreign internship by a partner company in our network but are also free to search for an internship on their own.
The Internship Department at the GLR collaborates with companies in many European cities such as London, Paris, Madrid and Barcelona. In addition, the GLR maintains contacts with firms across the Netherlands, the Antilles and Surinam. Students can choose the city they want to work in, provided the political situation is safe and the internship company satisfies the following criteria:

  • The internship company is able to offer the student a professional and safe working environment that suits his or her training. The student must be able to carry out the profession he/she is trained for, including the relevant work processes and other related activities.
  • An internship trainer must be present at the internship company and is informed about the requirements of the training program and is able to train and coach the student.
  • The work internship company is willing to keep in contact with the student's school on a regular basis about the progress of practice-based training.
  • The work internship company trains the student in a structural way and a work internship plan is used as a basis. The work internship company makes available work space, tools and materials for the student and spends time on practice-based training.


Taking on a student trainee is in principle free of costs. After all, companies provide a place to work, supervision and valuable work experience. Still, most companies choose to pay students an internship fee to help pay for extra costs for food, housing and transportation incurred during their stay in a foreign country. The GLR recommends compensating student interns with between € 250 - € 500 per month depending on the work they are doing and what the host company can afford.

In most European countries, participating students will receive a ERASMUS+ financial support. However, this financial support does not cover all the cost of an international internship. An internship outside Europe is also possible but in this situation, all cost has to be paid by the students.


The GLR continuously works to increase the number of student internships available at host companies abroad. In addition to the many valuable skills and practical experience a student receives during their internship in the Netherlands, an internship abroad supports additional development in the form of independence, global (business) perspective, cultural insight, a feeling of responsibility, personal direction and added ambition. Not surprising, the foreign internships are becoming more and more popular among our students. 

The GLR has a dedicated international internship coordinator continuously available to help students during the program.

Not only students but also teachers do a lot traveling. It’s good to share our knowledge and experience with others. Staff from other schools are always welcome at the GLR.

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