Internships and the coronavirus
The coronavirus situation is keeping us all pretty occupied. With the sudden and rapid outbreak of COVID-19, many organisations were forced to take drastic and extensive measures. This applies to us as HAS, as it does to most of the organisations we work with, including those involved in internships and practical assignments. It is possible that the current context raises questions or concerns about the deployment of HAS students. That is why we would like to inform you about how we at HAS University of Applied Sciences deal with this.
Health comes first
In all our actions, the health of our students, trainees, staff and business contacts comes first. That is why we closely monitor developments concerning the coronavirus and are led by the guidelines and advice of the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment), the GGD (the Area Health Authority), the Ministry of the Domestic Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Upon the request of the government, HAS University of Applied Sciences made the switch to working and educating remotely in mid-March. On Tuesday the 21st of April, Prime Minister Rutte announced that the current corona-measures for all University of Applied Sciences would be extended. This means that the HAS continue along the same path until the summer holidays, as the 'basic' measure. Should the government offer the opportunity to resume educational activities at the HAS locations before then, then we will use this space to carry out practical and lab research. This prioritization is related to the aim of minimizing the study delay for our students.
In preparation for the academic year 2020-2021, we are working on the scenario of a one-and-a-half-metre society. Should we receive permission to (partially) resume activities at the HAS locations, we are prepared to do this in a safe and responsible manner.
The application of knowledge in future professional practice is a key component of our study programmes. Even in these extraordinary times, we like to continue to adhere to this as much as possible. We ask our students to carefully follow the guidelines of the organisations providing internships. Of course, we assume that these organisations, just like HAS University of Applied Sciences, follow the guidelines of the government. This may also mean that students have to carry out their internship assignment remotely and/or in some other way. Students are asked to coordinate this with the supervisors of both the internship organisation and HAS.
Coordination is also necessary if you are unable to receive our students due to closure or inability to travel and therefore cannot (fully) carry out the internship assignment. A situation that is unintentional, but sometimes unavoidable for both parties. Every situation is unique and requires its own tailored solutions. In general, we want to prevent our students from delaying their studies. Should an internship have to be terminated for whatever reason, or if the assignment cannot be executed properly, we will formulate an alternative assignment for the student, so that he or she can still meet his or her study obligations. Where possible, we will also consider and incorporate your interests in this.
Field and lab research
Execution of field and laboratory research mostly fits within the guidelines given to the HAS by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. In all cases, the guidelines of RIVM must be respected (especially those concerning the minimum distance and maximum number of individuals in a room).
Should there be any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the internship coordinator or lecturer.