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I took part in two internships while abroad – both at Leiden University. One in the International Admissions Department and another in the Marketing Department. They both greatly increased my interest in my major and being immersed in the local environment as well as being exposed to an international staff was one of the best experiences I had while abroad.
– Amy Walls
Texas Lutheran University


Internships and service-learning placements are currently unavailable for most students due to recent changes in Dutch laws and regulations. Please contact your Central College Abroad advisor at studyabroad@central.edu for more information.

On Central’s study abroad programs, learning begins in the classroom, but continues in many different settings outside the traditional educational environment — offering you a more in-depth cross-cultural experience. Students can choose from either a service-learning or an internship option, both for academic credit.


Internships offer a fantastic opportunity for students to get hands-on experience in a field related to their major or academic interest in a local environment. These work experiences are invaluable assets to your resume and future job options. All internships are unpaid and carry four semester hours of credit.

Recent internship areas include:

  • Art/art history
  • Business management
  • Education
  • Environmental science
  • Fashion
  • Graphic design
  • History
  • Marketing
  • Office administration
  • Public relations


Service-learning connects meaningful service opportunities in the community with academic learning, personal growth and civic responsibility. A big part of the academic-based service-learning option is journaling and reflecting on your experiences. Most service-learning opportunities carry up to two semester hours of credit.

Recent service-learning opportunities include:

  • Animal rescue organization
  • Environmental non-profit
  • Refugee organization
  • Social service organizations
  • Soup kitchen
  • Tutoring English
  • Youth recreational programs


Application process

To apply, you must first create an online account and submit a complete online application for the Leiden, the Netherlands program. Detailed internship and service-learning guidelines including deadlines and application requirements and materials will be provided in your online account. There is no placement fee.

Additional areas may be available for service-learning or internships. The resident director in Leiden works individually with you to find the best possible option.

Please feel free to contact the Central College Abroad office with questions about internships and/or service-learning.