General information about internships at Physiology
The department of Physiology offers a broad range of internships for students related to biomedical and health science. Depending on the research question and type of internship, the duration varies between 3 and 12 months.read more
General information about internships at Physiology
The department of Physiology offers a broad range of internships for students related to biomedical and health science. To get an overview of the current topics, please visit the homepage of our department. Depending on the research question and type of internship, the duration varies between 3 and 12 months.
We guarantee that every internship consists of a clear and concise research question, while the student will be exposed to all phases of research, i.e., literature search, developing protocols and experiments, usage of equipment, data analyses, statistics, writing a report, presenting data, etc. Furthermore, every intern can benefit from the outstanding facilities, personal supervision and state of the art courses which characterize our international department.
Current internship options at our department
The department of Physiology offers a broad range of internships for students related to biomedical and health science. There are internship possibilities within the research groups of the Department Physiology. On the home page you find more information about the different research groups. Depending on the research question and type of internship (BSc. or MSc.), the duration varies between 3 and 12 months.
There are various academic skills that you will develop during your internship, such as literature study, setting up and organizing research, performing measurements, analysing data, and scientific writing. The setting will be different depending on the research group. Within the research group Molecular Physiology, there are various lab skills, tissue culture and analysis techniques in the lab. In the research groups Integrative physiology and Cardiovascular physiology it is possible that you recruit patients or perform measurements on subjects, you can also take measurements during a sporting event. These are just a few of the various possibilities at the physiology department.
The offer of available internship positions depends on the time of the year, duration and type of the internship and research group. The department publishes the available internship positions on the internship page of the Radboudumc: Vacatureladder stages voor studenten Faculteit der Medische Wetenschappen. For more information, questions or an appointment, you can contact student coordinator Leanne van der Hout.
ExperiencesRead experiences from our students both internal and abroad.
Harvard internship: Master internship Medicine in Boston (USA).
Eline Berends did an internship at the department of nutrition, exercise and sports at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.
ElineIt all started 1,5 years ago when I contacted the physiology department at the Radboud University to inform if I could do my medical research internship under their supervision, because I’m interested in the field and they have a lot of connections with departments outside of The Netherlands. They have been really helpful and said I could chose whatever city or department I liked on their online world map and that they would try their best to make it work. I can highly recommend the physiology department if you’re interested in going abroad. Organizing and doing an internship abroad is going to require your own effort, time and sometimes even some blood, sweat and tears. But they’ve been a great help through it all.
I chose Nikolai Nordsborg’s research team at the department of nutrition, exercise and sports at the university of Copenhagen in Denmark. My research internship was about blood doping and I’ve stayed in Copenhagen for 3 months. The reason I chose this department is because it's research topics are so different from what I would normally learn. I'm used to learning about medicine related topics and we never get the chance to learn about exercise physiology or anti-doping. Also, the research is very clinical, so you’ll be interacting with subjets a lot and that’s something I really enjoyed. Also, although Danish is the native language of Copenhagen, they all speak English very well.
During my free time I enjoyed the city a lot. It’s really beautiful and full of cool neighborhoods to explore. The only thing is that the housing market is tough. If you plan on going to Copenhagen, you should really start seeking housing as early as possible. I recommend joining the Facebook groups and even search on Airbnb (this is actually how I found my room).
If you’re in doubt wether you should go abroad or not: don’t hesitate, go! I can highly recommend Nikolai’s department and Copenhagen. I absolutely enjoyed my time there!
IMCS International Masterclass in Cardiovascular ScienceThe International Masterclass in Cardiovascular Science (IMCS) of the Department of Physiology of the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre facilitates the acceleration of the academic career of young, talented students in Biomedical Sciences by a unique 1-year program. read more
IMCS International Masterclass in Cardiovascular Science
International Masterclass in Cardiovascular Science
The first step in most successful academic careers start at student level and often relate to the exposure to highly motivated, enthusiastic and world-leading scientists, who provide the student the opportunity to perform a research internship in a stimulating scientific environment. The International Masterclass in Cardiovascular Science (IMCS) of the Department of Physiology of the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre facilitates the acceleration of the academic career of young, talented students in Biomedical Sciences by a unique 1-year program. Several students from Nijmegen have already taken this opportunity, which has typically resulted in the publication of scientific papers, presentations at (inter)national conferences, and even job offers for a PhD-position.
What is the International Masterclass in Cardiovascular Science?
The IMCS is based on a long-standing and fruitful collaboration between researchers of the Department of Physiology and the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences (Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU)). Whilst there is a strong overlap in researchandteaching between both universities, the differences in state-of-the-art technology, access to patient groups, and facilities make a unique synergistic collaboration. This program will therefore offer the student:
- A high-quality, synergistic collaborative project in the field of cardiovascular exercise science in NijmegenandLiverpool
- Attending the Ultrasound Summerschool, involving lectures and practical hands-on work supervised by world-leading scientists from LJMU, RUNMC and other universities.
- Supervision by world-leading professors in laboratories with unique and state-of-the-art facilities in a motivating environment
- Participate in the MSc-course 'Clinical Exercise Physiology' at LJMU
An overview of the IMCS program
Stage 1. In October, the Department of Physiology organises the annual 4-week course ('Clinical Exercise Physiology') that is usually attended by 30 MSc-students of Biomedical Sciences. During this course, we will heavily discuss the state-of-the-art knowledge in cardiovascular exercise physiology. Also, an LJMU professor will visit Nijmegen to give a lecture on his research, but also introduces the International Masterclass in Cardiovascular Science. Students receive assignments that eventually result in a scientific debate on cardiovascular topics.
Stage 2. Students are invited to apply for the International Masterclass in Cardiovascular Science by writing a motivation letter why they want to join the Masterclass. Subsequently, the student coordinator of the Department of Physiology will select eligible students for the Masterclass.
Stage 3. In March/April, students will start a 4-month internship at the Department of Physiology.
Stage 4. Early July, students will attend of the Ultrasound Summerschool. This Summerschool is annually attended by 25-30 (inter)national students and researchers and deals with the physiological regulation of cardiac and vascular function, physics of ultrasound and practical performance of (the basics of) echocardiography and vascular ultrasound. Lectures are given by world-leading scientists. This 5-day Summerschool provides a unique networking opportunity.
Stage 5. After the Summerschool, students will start their LJMU-based internship. The content of this internship is closely related to the internship performed in Nijmegen (see above). Also, students can follow the MSc-course 'Clinical Exercise Physiology' at the LJMU during their internship.
Stage 6. This Masterclass provides the opportunity to significantly increase the chances for the participants to successfully apply for a PhD-track. To achieve this goal, monthly meetings are planned with the students to discuss progress, job/grant opportunities, and CV building.
Stage 7. Finally, the project will result in writing a manuscript that will be submitted to an international peer-reviewed journal. The student will play an important role in this process. Moreover, opportunities will be examined for the student to attend an international meeting to present his/her results.
From the Department of Physiology, Maria Hopman, Dick Thijssen and Thijs Eijsvogels are involved in the IMCS program. They contribute to teaching commitments, initiation of projects and internships and supervision of all candidates. Tim Cable, Keith George, Danny Green and Dick Thijssen are the leading scientists from LJMU that contribute to this one-of-a-kind program.
Additional information and applications?
If you would like to meet one of the involved scientists for more information, you can contact us by sending an e-mail to the student coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org).