Internships Open Wetlab

The Open Wetlab is a leading place for bio-art, biodesign and do-it-together biology in the heart of Amsterdam. It works together with artists, designers, scientists, and hackers to make biotechnologies public and create a public understanding of biotechnology for society and the ecology.

Waag's Open Wetlab currently has two internships available:

  • Internship microbiology/biotechnology
  • Internship biodesign and biomaterials

The Open Wetlab is a fully functioning lab that organises presentations, residencies and public and artistic research projects in bioengineering, most often with a hands-on character: biotechnology as a maker practice. Annually the BioHack Academy is organised, a ten week intense training on how to build and operate your own biolab, engineering open laboratory hardware, making your own media, designing your own wetware experiments using synthetic biology and critical reflection.

Internship microbiology/biotechnology

For the internship microbiology/biotechnology we seek a microbiology student with an interest to work in a public and citizen science-oriented context with as main activities the guidance of the audience during weekly Open Wetlab open days, that comes to the lab with its own interests and research questions. Further the internship consists of maintaining the lab and its microorganism colonies. The intern is also invited to propose and conduct own microbiology research.

Application form for this internship

Internship biodesign and biomaterials

For the internship biodesign and biomaterials we seek a design or art student with an interest in biotechnology and biomaterials who during Open Wetlab open days guides and helps the public with experiments in making biomaterials such as kombucha leather, mycelium textiles etc., in collaboration with the intern microbiology/biotechnology. In addition the intern will in collaboration with the intern microbiology/biotechnology take care of the lab’s maintenance and its microbial cultures. The intern bio design is also invited to propose and execute own biodesign research.

Application form for this internship

What we offer

An internship where you can learn a lot in a short time and where you can work in a young, dynamic and flexible working environment. Your internship takes place in the historic Waag building on the Nieuwmarkt in the heart of Amsterdam. The Fablab and Open Wetlab are located on the first floor. The reimbursement for this internship is € 300 per month based on 40 hours per week. The internship period can be determined in consultation. For questions regarding these internships, contact the Open Wetlab.

About Waag

Waag develops creative technology for social innovation. We do research, develop concepts, pilots and prototypes and act as an intermediary between the arts, science and the media. We work a lot with parties in the cultural, public and private sector.


Our vacancies and internships

  • Waag's Open Wetlab currently has two internships available on microbiology/biotechnology and biodesign and biomaterials.
  • Are you interested in open design, digital fabrication and open hardware? What about an internship at Fablab Amsterdam?