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Graduate Internship

Graduate internship at Boskalis

In our knowledge intensive industry, talented employees are crucial. We provide safe working conditions, good personal development, and career opportunities. The internships we facilitate are a mean for students to get to know our business and kick-start their career. Internships are directl​y linked to the core business of Boskalis. Consequentially, most internships at Boskalis are of a technical, nautical and finance & control nature. We have both practical- and graduate internships available.

Study tracks we frequently facilitate graduate internships for:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Geo-Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Maritime Engineering
  • Naval Architecture
  • Structural Engineering

Do you follow a different study track? Occasionally, we have graduate internships available in a different discipline. For example related to IT, Sales or Procurement & Logistics.

Research & Development at Boskalis

Research and development is essential to Boskalis. We continuously invest in the development of new methods and cutting-edge technology to increase the efficiency, effectiveness and environmental sustainability of our Dredging, Offshore Energy and Salvage activities. We have a dedicated dredging and marine research team, in-house test facilities, and we collaborate with peer group companies, universities and knowledge institutes. We are involved with various doctoral research- and graduation projects. Subsequently, we have graduate assignments available within Boskalis on a continuous basis. Assignments which are either suitable for University of Applied Sciences (HBO) students or for Academic students (WO). While it is not a given, in practice it turns out that a graduation project is often a great start to a career at Boskalis.

Make your mark at Boskalis

At Boskalis you yourself are responsible for making your graduation project a success. We challenge you to make your mark in finding innovative and relevant solutions for complex infrastructural and marine projects via a graduate assignment. A graduate assignment could be either experimental or theoretical. Or a combination of both. Make sure to indicate your preference and elaborate on your reasoning within your motivation letter. Should you already incline towards a certain area of expertise or research direction, make sure to include this as well. We strive for the best match between an assignment and you as a student, looking at your educational background, research interest and learning goals. The more specific you are, the better we can find you a suitable graduate assignment.

Although we usually already have a variety of subjects readily available for new or continued research, you are more than welcome to come up with your own suggestions.

Internationally oriented graduate assignments

Although graduate internships always takes place in the Netherlands, based at the Boskalis head office in Papendrecht, you may be heavily involved with the international projects. We have an extensive network of branches around the world and we operate in 90 countries, across six continents. Graduate assignments are carried out within Central Business Support, the Dredging or Offshore Energy division. You could think of the following departments:

Central Business Support

  • Research & Development
  • Central Fleet Support


  • Design, Tendering & Engineering
  • Fleet Management

Offshore Energy

  • Marine Installation (e.g. Offshore Wind)
  • Marine Transport & Services
  • Subsea Cables
  • Subsea Services
  • Global Engineering

For the complete picture, take a look at the Boskalis Organizational Structure.

Infrastructure graduate assignments

If your interest inclines towards the infrastructure projects we execute in the Netherlands, we also have opportunities there for Applied Sciences (HBO) or Academic (WO) Civil Engineering students specialized in Building- and Construction Engineering.


You can find all our current graduate internship opportunities online in our vacancy overview. To be able to process your application shortly, we would like you to apply to a vacancy on this site. Do you find that currently no relevant graduate assignment is listed? Make sure to create a job alert to be informed instantly should a new opportunity be posted.

If you have further questions and are interested in an international oriented career, please contact Yvette van Leijsen, Campus Recruiter, on +31 (0)78 696 8570. Contact Rose-Mary Joppe, Recruiter, on +31 (0)6 8379 1438 for further questions if you are interested in a career oriented on the Netherlands.

Meet us

Do you want to know more about the career opportunities at Boskalis? Or do you want to talk with one of our recruiters about the actual vacancies? Find here a list of upcoming events.


  • Step 1: Application
  • Step 2: Evaluation of CV
  • Step 3: Feedback
  • Step 4: Job interviews
  • Step 5: Welcome to Boskalis


All you need to do to apply is complete the online application form and send it to us along with your CV and cover letter. As soon as you have sent your application you will receive an email to confirm receipt. If you do not receive a confirmation of receipt please check your junk folder. It is not possible to apply via email, the contact form or regular mail.

Evaluation of CV

Based on your CV and cover letter we look for a possible match between you and Boskalis. You will improve your chances of getting an graduation project by stating why you would like to work for Boskalis and what you hope to learn during your graduation project.


The list of available graduation projects will be ready some time in the spring (May) and the fall (November) and we will be able to let you know about the possibilities. This means that how long it will take for you to get a response will depend on when you submit your application and when you want your graduation project to start.

Job interviews

Depending on the graduation project we will invite you for one or more interviews. You only get one chance to make a first impression and so we advise you to dress smartly for your interview, but it isn't necessary to wear a suit.

Welcome to Boskalis

After successfully completing step 1 to 4 we warmly welcome you to our organization. Now the real work can begin!

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