Graduation internship at TNO - Risk & Reliability team

The department of Reliable Structures performs research on many types of assets such as bridges, locks, storm surge barriers, and buildings. We have teams working on civil structures, building materials, dynamics, risk and reliability. Together, we want to make the built environment more innovative, and we need your skills and ideas to achieve that!

What will be your role?

The Risk and Reliability team focuses on providing insight into risks and uncertainties in the built environment. By combining knowledge of the mechanical behavior of structures with risk and reliability analyses, it is possible to design, manage, maintain and replace structures with a risk-based approach. In our daily work we combine both physical and probabilistic (computational) models, data assimilation, statistical analysis, as well as expert judgement. Our knowledge is widely applicable: we work on projects concerning (hydraulic) structures, building, tunnels, roads, railways, cables, pipelines, and offshore structures.

In the past, our interns have worked on improving the assessment of loads on structures and buildings, performed a full probabilistic analysis of a submerged floating tunnel, and worked on reliability assessment of buildings subjected to wind loading. Furthermore, they have calibrated partial factors for Eurocode design formulas using a full probabilistic approach, performed reliability analyses of concrete stand-elements, proposed placement of monitoring sensors on bridges using the Bayesian approach, and more.

What we expect from you

Minimum requirements:

  • To follow a Master program in STEM (for example, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Applied Physics, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, or similar);
  • Have a strong interest in probability and statistics. You should have followed the module ‘Modelling, Uncertainty and Data for Engineers’ (CEGM1000) at TU Delft or a similar course;
  • Have good communication and collaboration skills;
  • Based in The Netherlands;
  • Have an excellent command of the English language.


  • Have followed a course in advanced probabilistic modelling, such as ‘Probabilistic Modelling of real-world phenomena through observations and elicitation’ (CEGM2005);
  • Have basic knowledge of a programming language (e.g. Python, Matlab, etc.)

What you'll get in return

You want an internship opportunity on the precursor of your career; an internship gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It’s not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your work placement and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Furthermore, we provide:

  • A highly professional, innovative internship environment, within a team of top experts.
  • A suitable internship allowance (615 euro for wo-, hbo- and mbo-students, for a full-time internship).
  • Possibility of eight hours of free leave per internship month (for a full-time internship).
  • A free membership of Jong TNO, where you can meet other TNO professionals and join several activities, such as sports activities, (work-related) courses or the yearly ski-trip.
  • Use of a laptop.
  • An allowance for travel expenses in case you don’t receive an OV-card.

TNO as an employer

At TNO, we innovate for a healthier, safer and more sustainable life. And for a strong economy. Since 1932, we have been making knowledge and technology available for the common good. We find each other in wonder and ingenuity. We are driven to push boundaries. There is all the space and support for your talent and ambition. You work with people who will challenge you: who inspire you and want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to realize your vision. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes the difference. Because with every innovation you contribute to tomorrow’s world. Read more about TNO as an employer.

At TNO we encourage an inclusive work environment, where you can be yourself. Whatever your story and whatever unique qualities you bring to the table. It is by combining our unique strengths and perspectives that we are able to develop innovations that make a real difference in society. Want to know more? Read what steps we are taking in the area of diversity and inclusion.

The selection process

After the first CV selection, the application process will be conducted by the concerning department. TNO will provide a suitable internship agreement. If you have any questions about this vacancy, you can contact the contact person mentioned below.

Important to be aware of before applying:

  • Before the start of the internship, the internship agreement from TNO needs to be signed. For students at a college or university based in the Netherlands, TNO uses the UNL-template (opens in a new window or tab) (refers to a different website) (supplemented with a number of specific agreements from TNO). For students of foreign and MBO educational institutions, the TNO internship agreement applies. TNO does not sign any other internship agreements.
  • Before the start of the internship, the educational institution will need to confirm in writing that:
    • you are enrolled at the educational institution during the internship, and;
    • the internship takes place as part of the programme of the study.
  • The confirmation of educational institution takes place by signing the UNL template or forms prepared by TNO.
  • Interns at TNO must be in possession of a Dutch residential address at the start of the internship. Performance of internship activities from abroad is not possible.



The contact for this job posting is Andrés Martínez Colán.