Teacher Internships (QTLC-A)

“Enabling students to find internship/job opportunities for prospective Quantum students by matching teachers and companies with quantum-affinity.”

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What do we do?

Creating permanent internships for quantum technology students within companies and eventually enabling these students to also guide others in these positions. The “teach the teacher” approach also aims indirectly to inspire students and educate them about quantum technology.

Why do we do it?

In higher professional education (hbo) and secondary vocational education (mbo), students undertake practical and/or graduation internships as part of their curriculum. Often, an internship for hbo students will contain a substantial research component. Engaging in practice-oriented research closely involving students is important because research necessitates the relevance of knowledge, issues, and skills. Teachers guide students during their internships by maintaining regular contact with the providing company. 

Within the company, a practical supervisor is assigned to the student, contributing significantly to the learning experience but also being time-intensive. 

In the highly dynamic field of Quantum Technology, only a few companies are currently active, and these are largely in the startup phase. Additionally, much of the necessary work still occurs within scientific institutes. However, there is limited time for student guidance within these companies and institutes. The funds available through QDNL will be allocated to teachers from hbo and mbo institutions who will, for example, be seconded to a company or institute one day a week. During this day, they can actively participate in the field of Quantum Technology, gain insight into how students can undertake internships, and also guide these students.

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Our Current Partners

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QGF will accelerate the development of PQC and Quantum Cryptography by providing a testbed to integrate different kinds of cryptography, combining the use of PQC, QKD, QRNG, and all other quantum-safe technologies.


ARCNL is a public-private partnership established in 2014 by the Dutch Research Council (NWO), the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Vrije Universiteit (VU) and semiconductor equipment manufacturer ASML.


Quantum TLC Coordinator: Inge Simon – i.simon@hva.nl