PREMIUM offers motivated and high-performing master’s students at Maastricht University the unique opportunity to execute a project for a (local) client, aiming to bridge the gap between study and career and prepare students to enter the labour market upon graduation. Are you a business owner or employee in a public, commercial, or non-governmental organization and do you have a project you would like an interdisciplinary team of excellent PREMIUM students to tackle?

Propose a Project to PREMIUM

The deadline for sending in PREMIUM project proposals is September 30th, 2019.

You can put forward your PREMIUM project proposal by filling out the project proposal form and sending it to or directly to your faculty coordinator.

Once your project is selected for PREMIUM 2019-2020, we allow you to have a say in forming your own student team during our festive PREMIUM opening, the Mix&Match.

A True PREMIUM Project Must:


be a challenge;


push students outside of their comfort zone;


call for an innovative solution;


allow and facilitate an interdisciplinary approach;


require an investment of 150 hours per student;


be flexible enough to expand or simplify, if necessary.

PREMIUM offers:

Against limited investment a complex assignment is carried out by excellent, well-prepared master’s students under the supervision of a project mentor (a UM employee).

Each student commits to a workload of 250 hours over the course of 5 months, of which at least 150 hours are estimated to be spent on project execution. Depending on the size of the team assigned to your project, PREMIUM offers 600 to 900 hours of effort put towards your project:

  • A team of 4-6 motivated master’s students assigned to your project;
  • A UM employee to act as project mentor to guide students through project execution and your primary PREMIUM contact person.
  • A multidisciplinary analysis of the issue;
  • A blend of knowledge providing you with fresh innovative input and out-of-the-box ideas;
  • The chance to invest in students by offering them a learning environment;
  • The opportunity to experiment with new skills and behaviour;
  • The opportunity to scout talent!

PREMIUM aims to enable students to:

  • Gain valuable insight into their strengths and development areas;
  • Improve their performance and competencies;
  • Learn how to work as part of a multidisciplinary team;
  • Learn how to work to a tight schedule;
  • Learn how to manage Clients’ expectations.

In order to realize these goals and to provide Clients with the best possible outcome for their project, we would like to clearly communicate what PREMIUM has to offer as well as what we would like to receive in return from all Clients.

A PREMIUM client is expected to be involved with PREMIUM.

  • Clients confirm a clear project objective and agree to the collectively set up plan for project execution;
  • Clients adequately provide the student team with the necessary information for project execution;
  • Students, coaches, mentors, and the PREMIUM Central Management Team would highly appreciate your presence at our central events: the Kick-off  on January 9th 2020, the Midterm Presentations in March, and the festive closing seminar on May 28th 2020.
  • Clients are expected to spend approximately 2 hours per week on PREMIUM during project execution.
  • Clients are required to reimburse students for any business trips/transportation fees the students are requested to do by the client.

Please note that PREMIUM is not an internship. Students do not need extensive supervision or a working space at your organization.

For more information about PREMIUM and what we expect from an external partner, please contact the faculty coordinators.

The Role of a PREMIUM Client

A client adopts the role of a more formal client or a co-creator. A formal client provides an assignment and perceives the team of students as consultants doing a job for them. A co-creator might join the team for brainstorm sessions, meetings, and preparatory sessions. The co-creator is more actively involved in/during the project execution. The formal client provides guidance and supports the team with feedback, but is not actively involved in project execution.

A Typical Co-Creator

Brightlands – Maastricht Health Campus (B-MHC) joined PREMIUM again in 2015 following a pleasant experience in 2014 with another excellent PREMIUM team.

The interaction with the PREMIUM students and the guidance by the PREMIUM organization results in a good combination for companies/organizations to have assignments executed by a non-biased team, willing to walk the extra mile. This leads to expected, satisfying, and eye-opening results. The latter is the true gain for the company/organization and is the inspiration to participate for both parties.

As a co-creator one has the opportunity to provide directions, better ensuring that the desired results are achieved within the timelines set. However, acting as a co-creator might be more time-consuming.
B-MHC appreciated the mix of students in the interdisciplinary team (FHML-SBE) and for sure appreciated the spirit and never-ending enthusiasm in the team. B-MHC wants to be part of the next round!

Jos Wetzels
Director Business Development
Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus BV

A Typical Formal Client

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) has worked with Maastricht University for a number of years now in the PREMIUM program. The collaboration was an initiative from the innovation team within CBS. For us, it is important to get a fresh, outside perspective on important challenges we face. PREMIUM students provide just that.

We prefer to take the role of formal clients and view the PREMIUM team as strategic consultants. This way, we do not influence the team with preconceived notions on how we should do things and are open for new ways. We especially like how the teams are flexible, can work independently, and do not take any current practices as a given. They have positively surprised us in the past and we are confident they will do the same in the future.

Jacqueline van Beuningen
Statistical Researcher and Innovation Team Member
Staristics Netherlands

PREMIUM clients about the programme

It was great to work together with the enthusiastic team of students, that were very motivated to dive deep into the project’s topic. As the program is multi-disciplinary, the project’s topic was analyzed from different point of views, which certainly added lots of value.

As a company we see many interesting and trending topics passing by, however, we do not always the capacity to investigate them all. For us, the topic of personalized nutrition was an example of this. The student team did a great job on analyzing the latest research insights, documenting recent activities in this market, and performing their own field research. My colleagues appreciated the team’s final presentation at our company site and were excited to read more in their final report.

All in all, joining the PREMIUM program as a client not only resulted in useful outcomes, it was also lots of fun, and we got in contact with many motivated students during the well-organized events. We hope to join again in another edition!

Claudia Daniels
Market Research Specialist
Nunhems Netherlands BV

The PREMIUM project is a great thing and can only recommend it. With our PREMIUM team “Helping Paws” we had a very motivated team. The collaboration was constructive and brought many new impulses and ideas. I can only recommend it for any business and non-profit organization. Thank you!

Erik Kersting
President of the European Professional Association for I-L-e-Coaches e.V.
Managing Director Dog Center Canis familiaris GmbH
Dog educator and behavioral consultant

PREMIUM Client Handbook

Find everything you need to know about the programme and your role as client in the PREMIUM client handbook.


Are you not sure if your project is fit for PREMIUM or do you still have other questions, then please contact the PREMIUM Central Management Team or your faculty coordinator.

PREMIUM Central Management Team

Fabienne Crombach

PREMIUM Coordinator


Ivanna Vinnicsuk

PREMIUM Junior Coordinator

Marie-Lou Mestrini

PREMIUM Administration


PREMIUM Faculty coordinators

Arie van der Lugt

FPN Faculty Coordinator

Universitair hoofddocent


Bas van Diepen

SBE Faculty Coordinator

Lecturer. Organisation and Strategy


Ike Kamphof

FASoS Faculty Coordinator

Assistant Professor


Jascha de Nooijer

FHML Faculty Coordinator

Associate Professor


Anja van Bogaert

FHS Faculty Coordinator

Managing Director ICIS


Claire Kluijfhout

LAW Faculty Coordinator

Student Advisor


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