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Flanders Marine Institute

Platform for marine research

Student opportunities

VLIZ provides the opportunity to do an internship or write a thesis on a coastal and marine scientific subject within the scope of training. Student employees are also encouraged to participate in VLIZ for a month.

Within the scope of training, students can work in a stimulating setting of coastal and marine sciences. VLIZ gladly gives guidance to students who want to write a thesis or do an internship at VLIZ. Every summer VLIZ also offers student employees the opportunity to take part, for a month or longer, in its activities:

  • the provision of logistical support to marine researchers;
  • the development of data infrastructures and marine data management;
  • the sharing of marine information with various target groups;
  • the acquisition, disclosure and reorganisation of marine scientific information in the library;
  • the support of a sustainable and scientifically founded coastal and marine policy.

Student employees

VLIZ recruits several student enployees each year, both for the summer months of July, August or September, and for other holidays and for days during the academic year. For the summer of 2021 (July-August-September), all available places have been filled.

Subjects for a thesis

We often offer the possibility to work on a Master or Bachelor thesis related to one of the research topics. Please contact the relevant researchers for more information. Following subjects are a limited list of possible Bachelor and/or Master theses:

Subjects for an internship

VLIZ offers students following a training course or bachelor/master programme the possibility to perform an internship of one month minimum, amongst others for the following subjects:


Students from various Flemish teacher training courses are welcome to VLIZ for internships. The subjects and available places are passed on to the responsible persons / databases of the schools. Contact this person / database of your school.


Interns, students and classes which visit the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) or the Marine Station Ostend (MSO) for multiple days can select and contact accommodation possibilities from this list.

Contact us

Are you interested in one of the following activities? Would you like to make a specific proposal or receive more information? Then do not hesitate to contact us!

Prof Dr Jan Mees, General director
Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)
InnovOcean site, Wandelaarkaai 7, 8400 Oostende, Belgium
Phone: +32-(0)59-34 21 30
Fax: +32-(0)59-34 21 31