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Are you a university or applied university student interested in the world of religious and cultural heritage, and would you like to explore this area in an internship with leading Dutch organizations? Would you like to study the practical issues and problems related to heritage, while broadening your professional network and getting real-life experience? To train the heritage experts of the future, the NRH offers a number of subsidized internships for students interested in heritage!

As a research intern, you will be working with one of the organisations listed below to carry out scientific research that will benefit both the research community and the organisation itself. To the extent that we have funding available, these internships will be subsidized from our grant from the Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed. This is a small support to meet some of your expenses. Ideally the topics for the research will be developed in tandem with a heritage organization and your university or applied university supervisor. The ultimate decision about the selection of the interns lies with the heritage organization.

If you are interested in one of these organizations or you have other questions, please send an email to crh and we can put you in touch!

The organisations and their proposed topics:

Joods Cultureel Kwartier

The Joods Cultureel Kwartier is an organisation situated in Amsterdam which focuses on Jewish heritage and manages, for example, the Jewish Historical Museum and the Portuguese Synagogue. One topic that this organisation is interested in is heritage which has been museumalized but at the same time is still used by religious communities. A prime example of this can be found at the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam. The JCK is also open to other ideas!

Stichting Alde Fryske Tsjerken

The Stichting Alde Fryske Tsjerken aims to preserve and protect church buildings in Friesland, a northern province of the Netherlands. They own 53 churches and are based in Leeuwarden. Potential topics could relate to tactics that might help in reaching new target audiences and the attracting of international interest, new potential business models, or research into the historical figures that are important to Frisian churches. However, we are open to other suggestions as well!

Katholiek Documentatie Centrum

The KDC, connected to the Radboud University in Nijmegen, is the national archive for the Dutch catholic community and currently focusing especially on migrant catholic communities in the Netherlands. Would you like to work together with us to investigate what we need to map the heritage of these catholic migrant groups? Apply for an internship with us!

The research question and topic for this internship are flexible, but one example of a topic would be to dive deeper into the treasures that the KDC already holds, and to investigate an interesting object.

Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder

Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder or Museum Our Lord in the Attic is a museum in Amsterdam which houses a hidden Catholic church in the attic of a 17th-century house.

Ons’ Lieve Heer is currently setting up a project: mapping the catholic heritage of Amsterdam. During this project, participants will investigate different catholic objects of the city and explore the stories behind them. This would be an excellent research project for an internship: you could choose a catholic heritage object in Amsterdam, investigate its past and its context, and conduct your research while also contributing to this project!

Centre for Religion and Heritage

The Centre for Religion and Heritage is situated in Groningen as a part of the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, and aims to promote scholarly exchange and connect different parties interested in heritage. If you are interested in a traineeship at the Centre, we are open to suggestions for topics!

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