Internship international project the VITAL

RIVM: professional, reliable, and independent

  • Stand­plaats Bilthoven
  • Uren per week 36 - 40
  • Vergoeding €635
  • Niveau Bachelor - HBO
  • Vakgebied Onderzoek / wetenschap
  • Reageren voor 11 mei Nog 1 dag
  • Vacaturenummer stage-LCI-004
  • Plaatsingsdatum 20 april 2021
  • Dienst­verband Afstudeerstage / scriptie
  • Periode 1 mei 2021 - 1 okt 2021


Internship RIVM: Identifying educational needs and learning objectives and mapping of existing training of healthcare professionals engaged in older adult vaccination.

In January 2019, an international project called the VITAL (The Vaccines and InfecTious diseases in the Ageing population) project was started at the National Coordination Centre for Communicable Disease Control of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), in collaboration with several other international partners.
Vaccination of older adults and elderly people is not widely thought of as a major need with great benefit for the vaccinated people and society in general, compared with vaccination of children. The proportion of persons aged 65 years and older is expected to increase to one third of the European population. As older people are more prone to infections, infectious diseases will become more common among this aging population. Consequently, the amount of disease and associated healthcare costs will rise, making vaccination of this target group important. Acceptance of this measure is crucial in order for it to be effective. From previous studies it is known that the healthcare professional plays an important role in the vaccination decision making of older adults. Consequently, it is essential that healthcare professionals can provide information on vaccination. On of the aims of the VITAL project is therefore to develop an educational platform for healthcare professionals engaged in older adult vaccination.
In order to do so, one of studies has focused on identifying the learning needs and objectives of the healthcare professionals concerning older adult vaccination.

The internship
The student will extract these needs and objectives from the qualitative data that has been collected through interviews and write a report about it. In addition, the student will map existing training opportunities for healthcare professionals. This will be in collaboration with our international partners.

Duration: 3-5 months


We are looking for a motivated student from a university of Applied Sciences who has affinity with older adult vaccination and education. Being able to work independently, having analytical skills and having the hands on mentality are advantages for this position. In additon, we expect the student to have a helicopter view as his/her report will provide input for the eductation platform.


  • Dienst­verband Afstudeerstage / scriptie
  • Minimaal aantal uren per week 36
  • Maximaal aantal uren per week 40


Please address your application to Renske Eilers, Researcher.

RIVM: professional, reliable, and independent

As the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), we are a professional, reliable and independent advisor to the government, professionals and private citizens. Our goal is a healthy population in a sustainable, safe and healthy living environment. We monitor health, diseases, the quality of nature and the living environment. To this end, we conduct research and gather knowledge for accessible information and usable advice. RIVM provides good birth screening, combats infectious diseases and plays a central role in the National Immunisation Programme and population screening. We investigate what is needed for good care, a healthy lifestyle, safe products and a safe and healthy living environment. We also contribute to preventing, combating and managing incidents and crises.

All our advice, reports, fact sheets and publications are produced by our 1800 or so staff from our head office in Bilthoven and - as from 2021 - from a beautiful new building at the Utrecht Science Park . Our work is guided by the issues of today and tomorrow – from our position at the heart of society. We are proud of our organisation, which offers a warm welcome to everyone. As a governmental knowledge institute we want to be a reflection of society. In addition to talent, experience and motivation, aspects of identity such as age, orientation, cultural background or disability also make our organisation richer, more innovative and more fun. With such diverse backgrounds, perspectives and insights, we are all working to achieve even better results!

RIVM – committed to health and sustainability

The student will be based at the National Centre for Communicable Disease Control (LCI) of the RIVM. The centre is a dynamic international and stimulating group, hosting regular activities regarding communicable disease control, guidelines development and communications, as well as research and capacity building projects. The LCI is responsible for coordinating communicable diseases by issuing scientific and practical advice to the field, developing guidelines and stimulating collaboration between stakeholders. There are experts of different disciplines, including communicable disease control specialists (arts M&G), nurses, epidemiologists, researchers, communication experts. The centre has numerous collaborative links with external academic and non-academic institutions.

RIVM: professional, reliable, and independent


Voor meer informatie over deze vacature:

Renske Eilers, Researcher



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