Looking for Candidates
This page aims to inform companies that wish to offer graduation projects to
Master in Business Informatics (MBI) students from Utrecht University.
MBI students are experts on the verge of ICT and business. They are qualified at
things such as modeling, development management, business process management,
product software, and enterprise resource planning systems. As part of their
master program, they are obliged to perform a 7 month study. Since a lot can be learned
from practice, we encourage our students to perform a research project within
Research Project Requirements
The research project that a student undertakes must be of sufficient academic level.
This means that the student can not be taken on as an extra "set of hands". The
student must fullfil his or her academic requirements by achieving some form
of scientific contribution. This can be achieved by delivering a model, a survey report,
a case study report, or similar. The research is typically built up in phases: the
research project definition phase, the execution phase, and the closing phase.
In this time the student typically writes a thesis of about 60-200 pages. The student
is also expected to write a paper of 10 pages that summarizes the contributions
of the work. An exceptional student will present his or her work at an academic
An important note is that a student can not start his or her project unless the
project has been approved by the graduation advisor at the university. This
ensures that the project is appropriate for our research interests and aligns
with the aims and ethics of the university. This is sometimes forgotten by
both students and facilitating companies, leading to project cancellation.
The company contracting the student should be larger than five people, but
preferably much larger. We expect from the company that an advisor is provided that takes care
of daily supervision and guidance of the student. We also expect the company
to take care of the student as if it's a future employee, i.e., the student is provided
with a typical safe working environment.
The student can not be recruited by the company before the student has graduated. If the student
does indeed sign a contract before the student has received her or his diploma, the company is no
longer eligible for receiving students in graduation projects. Furthermore,
the graduation project can be terminated, if the company contract leads to a prolonged graduation
project (i.e., beyond ten months). On the upside: approximately two thirds of our students are
offered a contract by their facilitating companies. Approximately half of those students take the job.
Contracts and Benefits
Typically, students are offered a contract within the company for a period of
seven months, with possibilities for a 3 month extension. These contracts typically
include some kind of financial reward and some extra budget towards travel expenses
and a conference visit.
Advertising your Project
If you would like to advertise a project for an MBI student, please send a short
description (1-3 paragraphs) of the project in English to
graduateMBI@cs.uu.nl. Submissions in Dutch
are rejected, since a large portion of our students are international
students. At the time of writing we have approximately 50 students graduating per year.
We have advertisements from around 100 companies.