Doing an internship in the Netherlands

Are you a foreign student, currently following a study programme in the Netherlands, who also wants to do his/her internship in Holland? Or are you currently studying somewhere else, but the (internship) company you prefer is situated in the Netherlands? The following article will elaborate on Dutch regulations regarding internship, as well as the consequences for your health insurance.

Internship as part of a Dutch study programme

When you are studying in the Netherlands, chances are that you will have to do an internship at a certain point. If you are a foreign student who wants to do an internship in the Netherlands as part of your study programme in Holland, then you can do this through your student visa.

However, if you are doing an internship where you are paid an actual salary, you are obliged to take out a basic Dutch health insurance. The actual amount you earn does not influence this obligation, since that is an agreement made between you and your internship provider. However, if your internship provider merely pays you a compensation for your expenses, such as travel costs and lunch money, then this rule does not apply.

Since earning a salary at your internship means that you fall under the Dutch social security system, this also means that you can apply for health care benefits.

Internship as part of a study programme abroad

You are currently following a study programme abroad, but you are interested in doing an internship in the Netherlands? In this case, a number of rules apply. Also, there is a chance that you might have to take out a Dutch health insurance.

Whether or not you need to take out a Dutch basic health insurance, mostly depends on the length of your stay. If you are staying in the Netherlands for less than half a year, and you are spending at least half of that time on your internship, then your internship provider can pay your salary free of taxes.

However, if you are doing an internship for more than 6 months, your provider will have to pay taxes over a significant share of your salary. This also means that you are automatically covered by the Dutch social security, and that you are obliged to take out a Dutch healthcare insurance. In order to receive a compensation for the costs of your health insurance, you can apply for health care benefits.