This is us!

Leading in the industry, informal, hotels in and outside of the Netherlands, a must on your resume

As a trainee at Van der Valk, you are part of the most beautiful hospitality family of the Netherlands. Van der Valk is leading in the field of hospitality and has about 100 hotels in and outside of the Netherlands.

Via this website, we recruit trainees and students who want to follow a professional practical skills course (BBL) for the 70 Van der Valk Verrast hotels. The affiliated hotels are located in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Spain and on the Netherlands Antilles, and you can find them here. Are you looking for an internship at Van der Valk Hotel Amsterdam-Amstel? Or do you prefer Hotel Melle-Osnabrück? Go to the websites of the various hotels and see which hotel suits you best, or send us an email or a message. We are looking forward to meeting you!

To find an internship at Van der Valk, look through the vacancies to find out which internship position fits you best, send us your application, and then, we will contact you as soon as possible!

Together we have one goal: to provide a unique experience for our guests!
We inspire one another, we motivate each other and we celebrate moments of success together. At Van der Valk, we call this "verrassend vanzelfsprekend"!

Also follow our Van der Valk internship accounts on Instagram and Facebook! We post photos of the hotels, updates about the industry fairs that we visit and other information about Van der Valk and internships. So, even though our accounts are in Dutch, you will be able to feel the atmosphere of the different hotels and the Van der Valk hospitality!

Van der Valk invests in talent

Education & training

As a family business, Van der Valk is always focussing on the next generation. Therefore, Van der Valk wants to invests in young talent and pays attention to education and training. As an intern, you will notice this in:

  • Professional guidance
  • Clear induction programme, so that you know what you can expect from us, and vice versa.
  • Our very own training programme and job-oriented trainings (
  • Interesting workshops (professional and personal development).
  • Annual 'alumni' day with the election of the 'Talent of the Year'. As 'Talent of the Year', you will have a bright future as ambassador of Van der Valk.
  • After an internship, ambitious students will qualify for the 'Van der Valk Talent Pool'.

Internship vacancies

For every talent an amazing internship

Werken bij Van der Valk

Looking for a job?

Are you looking for a job instead of an internship? Go to to find our vacancies.

This is what our interns say as well...

  • "Young and fun team"
  • "Dynamic atmosphere"
  • "Family business"
  • "You feel at home here"
  • "Great support"
  • "Freedom, responsibility"
  • "Personal development"
  • "High level of quality"
  • "Great internship/company on your resume"
  • "Job security after your internship"
  • "Fulltime and parttime jobs"
  • "Nice internship activities"


  • The internship allowance differs per type of hotel/resort in and outside of the Netherlands, and the options for accommodation the hotel offers.
  • Contact your preferred hotel/resort about the exact conditions.
  • Would you like to do an internship outside of the Netherlands? Many of our international hotels (outside the Netherlands) provide housing for trainees!
  • Fresh meals will be provided during your workdays!

For an overview of the hotels, click here.

Landstede and Van der Valk

Travel & Hospitality education

Van der Valk and Landstede MBO (located in Zwolle) offer students the opportunity to follow two years of the Travel & Hospitality education at level 4 of the Dutch MBO education. This program is tailor made for Van der Valk.

The classes are designed with Van der Valk business cases and focus on practical experience. The curriculum is designed in cooperation with Van der Valk Opleidingen,

In the third year, students will be doing a 10 month internship in one of the Van der Valk hotels abroad. Front Office, Sales and Food & Beverage are the highlights of these unique internships! 

Are you interested or do you know someone who might be?

Check out our flyer below or the website of Landstede for more information about the education and the application procedure!

(Since this education is in Dutch, the flyer is only available in Dutch.)

Rijn IJssel and Van der Valk

Culinary Academy

An education with a focus on hospitality, management and working in the kitchen or service at a Van der Valk hotel. That is at the core of a special program students can follow at the Culinary Academy of Rijn IJssel Vakschool Wageningen.

In order to prepare students for a workplace at the hotel chain, they start their two, three or four-year education in a special Van der Valk class. In this tailor-made program, students will immediately put theory into practice. Students will be doing an internship as hostess, and later as cook or service employee.

For more information, visit the website of Rijn IJssel.

SVO Vakopleiding Food and Van der Valk

Food & Hospitality Employee

Are you looking for an education in the food industry, but are you unsure which direction you want to take? Are you hospitable and helpful and do you like working with your hands? Then the Food & Hospitality Employee education is exactly what you are looking for.

Students of the Food & Hospitality Employee education at SVO Vakopleiding Food are offered the opportunity of doing an internship at a Van der Valk location, starting next school year. We joined forces to offer students opportunities for a great internship and job, so together, we can enjoy getting back to work after the Corona crisis!

For more information about this training and the registration process, read this message or visit the website of SVO Vakopleiding Food.

COSMO and Van der Valk

Travel & Hospitality Supervisor

Together with Cosmo, we offer Travel & Hospitality students the opportunity to do a Front Office or Meeting & Events internship at one of our 70 hotels in and outside of the Netherlands. From our own experience, we know that hospitality skills are best developed through practical experience. Cosmo has therefore been working with various leisure experts from the business industry for years, so that theory and practice fit together perfectly!

For more information, visit the website of Cosmo!

Summa College and Van der Valk

Independent cook & independent waiter/waitress

Students of these courses at Summa College in Eindhoven will have practical training in the restaurants of Hotel Eindhoven, Hotel Stein-Urmond or Hotel Gilze - Tilburg. Here they learn everything about the hospitality industry and gain valuable work experience. With special training by Van der Valk in the field of hospitality, craftsmanship, coffee or wine knowledge, but also interior design or entrepreneurship, the courses offer many extras. Master classes also take place in the kitchens and learning environment of Summa College. The use of the digital SVH learning resources and teaching methods make learning attractive and flexible, so learning is always possible.

The courses will start in September 2021. More information about the courses can be found at the website of Summa College.

Accredited training company BBL courses

Van der Valk is not only a renowned internship company, it is also an accredited training company for students following a BBL course. During BBL courses, a large part of the education is taught through practice. The division between practice and school is 80/20 and you also earn a salary. This education is perfect for students who prefer to learn in practice or young adults who are already working but would like to get a diploma on a higher level.

Curious? Click here!

Best Training Company Hospitality


Van der Valk likes to invest in ambitious students. Because of that, one of our hotels, Van der Valk Hotel Sassenheim-Leiden, was named 'Beste Leerbedrijf Horeca 2018/2019' by the industry organisation SVH. Of course, this is also due to the motivated students who are doing an internship at Van der Valk!

Every year, this award is presented to a hospitality business which is seen as a top employer. This is based on several aspects, such as balance between working and learning, the working conditions and the amount of time and attention trainees receive. Training companies can be nominated by students, supervisors and teachers and are judged by the committee of Beste Leerbedrijf Horeca.

By winning this award, Hotel Sassenheim-Leiden shows that we offer amazing internships for top talents who want to do an internship at Van der Valk, like River and Danique. In addition to all hotels being accredited work placement companies, the support and guidance we offer are also being seen as very valuable. Due to the familiar atmosphere of the family business, doing an internship at Van der Valk is not only very educational, but also a lot of fun!

3rd Customer First Awards

The most hospitable hotel of The Netherlands

In april 2019, Van der Valk came in third at the Customer First Awards. This makes Van der Valk the third most customer-friendly company of The Netherlands, after De Efteling and CoolBlue. Together with you, we want become 1st in 2020.

Are you in? We are happy to take on the challenge with you!

Leading, visionary and a great team!

Would you take on the challenge?

Which hotel appeals to you the most?

Every Van der Valk Hotel is unique. And every intern is unique. Which hotel suits you best?

Van der Valk Verrast Hotels worldwide

Van der Valk Hotel Amsterdam-Amstel
Van der Valk Hotel Breukelen
Van der Valk Hotel Verviers
Van der Valk Hotel Sélys Liège
Van der Valk Hotel Nijmegen - Lent
Van der Valk Hotel Nuland - 's-Hertogenbosch
Van der Valk Theaterhotel Almelo
Van der Valk Schlosshotel Ballenstedt
Van der Valk Hotel Amersfoort-A1
Van der Valk Naturresort Drewitz
Van der Valk Hotel Gladbeck
Van der Valk Hotel Hamburg-Wittenburg
Van der Valk Hotel Moers
Van der Valk Golfhotel Serrahn
Van der Valk Landhotel Spornitz
Van der Valk Hotel Barcarola
Plaza Beach & Dive Resort Bonaire
Van der Valk Kontiki Beach Resort Curaçao
Van der Valk Hotel Nivelles - Sud
Van der Valk Hotel Nazareth - Gent
Van der Valk Hotel Mechelen
Van der Valk Hotel Drongen - Gent
Van der Valk Hotel Dennenhof
Van der Valk Hotel Charleroi Airport
Van der Valk Hotel Beveren
Van der Valk Hotel Zaltbommel-A2
Van der Valk Hotel Uden - Veghel
Van der Valk Hotel Tiel
Van der Valk Hotel Ridderkerk
Van der Valk Hotel De Molenhoek - Nijmegen
Van der Valk Hotel Leusden - Amersfoort
Van der Valk Hotel Hoorn
Van der Valk Hotel Hilversum - de Witte Bergen
Van der Valk Hotel 's-Hertogenbosch - Vught
Van der Valk Hotel Groningen - Zuidbroek A7
Van der Valk Hotel Gilze - Tilburg
Van der Valk Hotel ARA
Van der Valk Hotel Arnhem
Van der Valk Hotel De Bilt - Utrecht
Van der Valk Hotel Mons Congres
Van der Valk Hotel Hildesheim
Van der Valk Resort Linstow
Van der Valk Parkhotel Schloss Meisdorf
Van der Valk Hotel Luxembourg-Arlon
Van der Valk Hotel Liège Congrès
Van der Valk Hotel Brussels Airport
Van der Valk Hotel Brugge-Oostkamp
Van der Valk Hotel Antwerpen
Van der Valk Hotel Volendam
Van der Valk Hotel Venlo
Van der Valk Hotel Veenendaal
Van der Valk Hotel Stein-Urmond
Van der Valk TheaterHotel De Oranjerie
Het Arresthuis
Van der Valk Hotel Sassenheim-Leiden
Van der Valk Hotel Hardegarijp-Leeuwarden
Van der Valk Hotel Groningen - Hoogkerk
Van der Valk Hotel Eindhoven
Van der Valk Hotel Drachten
Van der Valk Hotel Den Haag - Wassenaar
Van der Valk Hotel Cuijk - Nijmegen
Van der Valk Hotel Breda Princeville
Van der Valk Hotel Apeldoorn - de Cantharel
Van der Valk Hotel Le Catalogne
Van der Valk Hotel Saint-Aygulf
Van der Valk Hotel Melle-Osnabrück
Van der Valk Hotel Berlin Brandenburg
Van der Valk Hotel Gent
Van der Valk Hotel Texel - De Koog

Hotels, resorts and park hotels in Germany

Watch the videos!


Six persons from the fourth generation of Van der Valk have opened their doors

Do want to know more about what is going on inside a Van der Valk hotel? Watch the six-piece TV series Jonge Valken. 

In this series, six persons form the fourth generation of Van der Valk tell what is involved in running a Van der Valk hotel.

(This series is only available in Dutch.)


"At the end of 2018, the new Van der Valk Hotel Amsterdam-Amstel opened its doors. The first impression is very important, so we went all out! The 60 meter high hotel tower, within the ring road of Amsterdam does not only have 206 hotel rooms, but also a trendy bar (MOQUM) next to the water and a pool on the roof terrace of the third floor."

Lucie en Thymen Simons
Hotel Amsterdam-Amstel

"Berlin is a beloved student city, due to the international character, the generous culture and the exciting night life. If you are doing an internship at Van der Valk Hotel Berlin, you will also learn the German language in no time. A sure must on your resume!"

Van der Valk
Hotel Berlin Brandenburg

“Doing an internship in the capital of Europe is an incredible experience. In this metropolis, you encounter countless nationalities. An internship in Brussels feels like far away, yet close to home. Swiftly, you will master the French language. But due to the management being Dutch, you will feel at home immediately. The same goes for Van der Valk Hotel Luxemburg-Arlon, where the main language is also French, but the management Dutch.”

Ruud & Fenna de Bruijn
Hotel Brussels Airport

"Enjoying the sunset on the beach of the Côte d'Azur after a day of working hard? This is possible if you do your internship at Van der Valk Saint-Aygulf. An incredible experience with the well-known toucan, but in a holiday paradise on the South coast of France. Who would not go for this?"

Van der Valk
Hotel Saint-Aygulf

"Feel Good, @Home en #WOW! That is what our hotel stands for. We think it is very important that guests, colleagues and interns feel at home with us and that we positively surprise them. With beatiful hotel rooms, our cosy restaurant Nest, the delicious sushi and cocktails from OZZO Oriental Restobar, the ultramodern conference rooms and of course the most important thing... an amazing team!"

Ab & Christa de Bruijn
Hotel Sassenheim-Leiden

"I would recommend an internship at the southern neighbours to everyone. Here in Antwerp, we have a young team and an amazing atmosphere. Everybody helps one another. And Antwerp is a beautiful city, of course. Abroad, but still nearby!"

Van der Valk
Hotel Antwerpen

"An internship at Van der Valk is definitely a unique experience. But what makes an internship at Hotel Brugge-Oostkamp even more special, are our guests. Besides our business guests and guests staying in our hotel for the beautiful surroundings, many international soccer teams, such as Atlético Madrid, FC Barcelona and FC Porto choose to stay in our hotel."

Van der Valk
Hotel Brugge-Oostkamp

Ronaldo @Van der Valk Amsterdam-Amstel

Our Thymen, the Ronaldo

Are you an intern at Van der Valk? Odds are, you will run into a celebrity or an international soccer player, because Van der Valk is regularly visited by famous persons.

Recently, Hotel Amsterdam-Amstel had the honour of welcoming the players of Juventus. During the quarter final of the Champions League, Juventus played against Ajax in the Johan Cruijff Arena. Manager Thymen Simons took his chance to take a picture with star player Ronaldo.

About us

Family business Van der Valk


In 1939 Martien and Rie van der Valk together started a restaurant in Voorschoten. Martien wanted his children to be well looked after for the future. This is why he came up with an idea of what was the beginning of the Van der Valk Restaurants chain; each child would have its own business. With the purchase of catering establishments for each child, the Van der Valk empire expanded further. It became a household name in the Netherlands, because in many favorable locations both business travellers and day- trippers could enjoy the generous portions of Dutch cuisine.

After 1958, son Gerrit, who had travelled around the United States and spent the night in motels, came up with a new plan. Sleeping along the highway. By building motels  outside the city, Van der Valk could offer everything in a beautiful, rural environment.  Later on, the motels were not only suitable for motorists and slowly became hotels. 


It is one of the most frequently asked questions to the Van der Valk family: why do you have a toucan on your roof and not a falcon?

The answer can be found in the purchase of bird park Avifauna. The family was looking for a symbol for the whole family. Just after the war, many people still had nasty memories of the birds of prey symbolism used by the Nazis. As Gerrit van der Valk said: “If a falcon sleeps, it’s nothing and if he goes on a hunt, it’s like an eagle. A toucan is a beautiful, large, tropical bird, a cheerful animal, a cozy animal, that fits us much better”.

Family groups

In the nineties, Van der Valk was being divided into nine different family groups: the Voorschoten group, the Nuland group, the Biltsche Hoek group, the Van der Valk-Luiten group, the Zeeuw-van der Laan group, the Matser group, the Molenhoek group, the Wohrmann group and the Beveren group.

The Voorschoten and Matser group operate as the Valk Exclusief label ( These include a total of 33 hotels. The other hotels operate as the Valk Verrast label ( Together, they use the website

At Van der Valk, every hotel can determine its own policy. There are, however, a number of overarching organisations, such as the Van der Valk Dienstencentrum. The Van der Valk Dienstencentrum is the support centre for the Van der Valk Verrast Hotels. This support centre provides services such as purchasing, internet and corporate sales.


Do you want to apply or know more? We look forward to hearing from you!

Do you want to apply for one of our internships? Via the vacancies on this website, you can easily find the application form. By filling in this form, you can also ask questions concerning a certain vacancy.

If you have a question that is not related to a specific vacancy, you can send an email to Jolanda de Graaff, Regional Recruitment Manager, or call us at 088-0246330.

We look forward to getting to know you!


Our team

We help you find your internship

Jolanda de Graaff
Recruitment Manager
Ellen Hoogeveen