Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Venture Centre

Graduation or internship in your own company

You have your own company or have started your own innovative start-up. Now you want to use your time as efficiently as possible and do your thesis or internship in the context of your own company or business idea. It differs per study program which options are offered for this, but it is always important to prepare well. Therefore, schedule a meeting with one of the coaches of the AUAS Venture Centre.

It is important to keep in mind that permission to graduate or do an internship in your own company is given by your own study program and in particular the Examination Board. The HvA Venture Centre can help you in that process with the following matters:


Together we make an inventory of the existing options and procedures for your study program. What requirements must an internship or graduation assignment meet in your study program? And what requirements must the client meet? We make an inventory of any learning objectives, but we also look at the process to request a (deviating) internship or graduation place. We will of course check whether you could qualify for the special entrepreneur arrangement.


Assuming that there are possibilities that your study program gives permission, we will also help you formulate an internship or graduation topic. In doing so, we take into account the framework for a good assignment and learning objectives from the study program. But we also look at what would benefit you within your company. The good assignment unites both of these aspects.

Important: central to our advice is that we want to combine what is good for you as a student and as an entrepreneur. This means that - because we think it is more appropriate for your study program or better for your company - we regularly advise you not to graduate in your own company. But for example look for a place where you can learn a lot about the market or from another experienced entrepreneur.


Finally, we identify with you which facilities are needed to create a full internship or graduation place within your own company. Do you need a workplace or a coach? Because in your own company you obviously do not have the workplace and graduation supervisor that you do have in another organization. We also look at whether a combination with an incubator or accelerator program might be interesting in your situation.

What we generally do not do as an AUAS Venture Centre is to provide the graduation supervisor or to conduct the interview on your behalf with your teachers or examination boards of your study program.

Do you want to explore the possibilities for an internship or graduation assignment in your own company? Then make an appointment using this form. Or come to one of the information meetings:

  • March 4, 2021 at 4:00 PM
  • October 7, 2021 at 4:00 PM
  • March 10, 2022 at 4:00 PM
Published by  Entrepreneurship 7 May 2021