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Van Oord

Marine Ingenuity

Van Oord is a leading international contractor specializing in dredging, marine engineering and

offshore projects (oils, gas and wind). We find innovative solutions designed to meet our clients’ and

business partners’ challenges. Marine ingenuity is what sets Van Oord apart. In just two words, we

show in the clearest possible terms what we do, how we do it, and what makes us different. A

passionate, smart, shrewd, international marine contractor – that is how we see ourselves. Projects

that are extensive, complex, and that have preferably never been done before are our strength.


Van Oord’s corporate culture is one in which employees are given – and are eager to accept and take

– responsibility. We want all our employees to enjoy their work, to work safely, and to feel like part

of a team. Working closely with our clients and partners, with respect for each other and the

environment, we strive to earn a healthy profit. Our employees enjoy a safe working environment in

which they continually embrace opportunities to learn.


An internship at Van Oord

Ingenious students with a passion for technology and water we provide (inter) national internships

and final theses. This could be a project abroad, a project in the Netherlands or in one of our offices

in the Netherlands. An internship at Van Oord means to apply your theoretical knowledge in a

dynamic environment. As an intern, you will work alongside for example a Superintendent while he

performs his day-to- day work. Do you want to know what it’s like to work at Van Oord or would like

to read more about internships and graduation projects, please check our website



Our English-oriented technical traineeship takes one year to complete and is an excellent stepping stone in your career, an ideal chance to get to know various aspects of the marine contracting, dredging and offshore energy sectors in a short period of time. By working in various departments, and on projects and on equipment around the globe, you will get to know Van Oord in an intense way. Our employment conditions are competitive and comprehensive.

During my traineeship I spent twelve months learning the ropes in different departments. I also worked on two projects abroad and got to know a lot of fellow employees.’ As a trainee, Philip worked on projects in Costa Rica and Bahamas. ‘It was quite an experience. From day one I had to shoulder a lot of responsibility. It wasn’t always easy, certainly at first, but I soon learned to take decisions and solve problems in specific situations.


After succesfully completing your traineeship, you will work on our international (dredging, offshore and offshore energy) projects, or at our Ship Management Department, Engineering and Estimating Department, Procurement or Quality Health Safety and Environment Department. Read about the experiences of former trainees Esther Bijloo (Superintendent) and Philip van Loon (Trainee Engineer).

High Heels, High Career

Techniek op Hakken 2012 was voor mij erg waardevol. Een leuke dag vol inspirerende sprekers, praktische cases en leuke speeddates: precies waar ik naar op zoek was. Op deze dag heb ik kennisgemaakt met bedrijven waarvan ik niet eens wist dat ze bestonden en heb ik geleerd dat het goed is om nog eens verder te kijken dan normaal. Voor mij was de dag nog puur om me te oriënteren maar ben ik toch een stuk bekender geworden in de technische werkwereld.

 Femia van Stiphout - Studente Technische Wiskunde Universiteit Twente

High Heels, High Career

Techniek op Hakken heeft me laten zien hoe breed de mogelijkheden zijn na je studie. Daarbij maken de speed dates het mogelijk meteen gericht vragen te stellen. Ik heb nu
(een jaar later) met twee bedrijven nog steeds contact door Techniek op Hakken.

Vroukje Bron - Studente Structural Engineering TU Delft