EBF Board Recruitment

At the moment, the board application is closed.

But are you interested? From December 2018 on, the EBF Board is looking for new board members. Something new: upcoming year the EBF Board will be open for international students!

A little bit more information…  A board year at the EBF means a year full new experiences and new insights. As a board member of the EBF you will gain many new experiences in one year; one year of challenges in strategic thinking, working in a team and motivating others.

As an EBF Board Member of the EBF you will lead one of the largest study associations in the Netherlands. This means that you will write your own policy and have the opportunity to set up new projects and events! Besides, you will have regular contact with companies where you can orientate yourself on the job market. The EBF has 27 committees, as a board member you will give them functional guidance or/and committee guidance. Hereby you have many contact with other students! A board year is the perfect match between working on your career and still enjoying the student life! More information about writing the policy, contact with companies and the committees you can find on this page.

A board year at the EBF is multidimensional, challenging and very informative. After your board year you can take your knowledge with you in your future career. You will experience a year you will never forget. All this makes the EBF Board the perfect beginning of your future career.

As mentioned, you can find more information on this page and the application procedure Besides that, it is always possible to send an email to l.platvoet@ebfgroningen.nl, make an appointment with one of the EBF Board Members or come by at the EBF Board Room (5411.0046) if you would like to have more information. Do not hesitate to contact us, we love to tell you about our experiences as EBF Board Members!

*To apply for a board year at the EBF you do not need any experiences within the EBF.

A board year at the EBF means that you will be dedicate a full time year to managing the association. On the 16th of April the EBF Candidate Board will be announced. Right after the announcement the transmission period will start. At the beginning, you will mainly go to events, meetings and appointments, which takes around 10 to 15 hours a week. After this period, it will be possible to make your exams of semester 2.2. After the exams, the transmission period will be more intensify.

At the beginning of July the new board will be officially installed. From that moment on you will be busy with fulfilling your position as a board member for a minimum of 40 hours per week. Next to that, in the evenings there will be a lot of activities where you will be expected as well.

During your board year you need to be enrolled at the University of Groningen. It is possible to apply for tuition free board year. Besides, for the incurred study delay you will receive a financial compensation.

If you fulfill the position as Chairman, Commercial Officer, Marketing & IT Officer or Treasurer, you will guide committee members with the same position. During the start up of a committee, a meeting to provide all necessary information will be held. During this meeting the position and function specific knowledge will be discussed, questions will be answered, but they will also get to know each other. During the year you will get a lot of questions regarding your position and you will guide the committee members with the same position also individually.

The EBF has currently 180 active members in 27 committees and 7 Master Communities. Every board member guides a few committees, it depends on your position which committees this will be. The board member will be present at a committee meeting every two or three weeks. As a supervisor you help the committee to start up, advise them where needed and you look after them. It depends on the committee how much time you will spend on the guidance. The guidance of the committees is a very important task of the board, which is much fun to do.

EBF Committees

Academy Committee
Active Members Committee
Activity Committee
Commercial Committee
Consultancy Tour
Degree to Trainee
EBF/JFV Christmas Ball Committee (in cooperation with the JFV)
Economic Event
Entrepreneurship Committee
European Study Research Spring & Fall
Freshmen Committee
International Committee
International Business Research Board (two times)
Introduction Committee
Mastercommunities (seven different)
Marketing Committee
Recruitment Days (in cooperation with the MARUG)
Speakers Committee
Women in Business Committee

After the announcement in April, the EBF Candidate Board will be guided by the current board of the EBF, which is called the transmission period. This period will last till the summer holidays.

• The transmission period starts directly after the announcements, it is possible to make your exams of semester 2.2.
• It is possible to go on a holiday. It is important to be present at the same time as your fellow board members during the summer holidays.
• During the summer holidays you will be busy with gathering knowledge and starting up your board year in about thirty hours a week.

During your candidate period you will write a policy for the rest of the year, consisting of focuspoints and projects together with the rest of the EBF Candidate Board. Focuspoint are the points where you will give extra attention to during your board year. Projects are mostly connected to those focuspoints and are realisable during your boardyear. In general one (or two) boardmember(s) will be responsible for a project. Next to the everyday tasks, you will be busy with the future of the EBF and her long term strategy.

8th of March, 23.59PM: Hand in motivational letter, CV and a photo
14th of March: Result motivational letter and CV
17th of March, 18:00 PM: Hand in board case
28th of March: Result first selection round
15th of April: Announcement EBF Candidate Board
24th, 25th and 26th of May: Policy weekend


A Board year at the EBF, why? Easy. Because this year will be best time of your life. Not only because of the beers and ‘bitterballen’, but also because you will challenge yourself and your test your limits.

I speak from experience, in 2011-2012 I was a Board member of JFV Groningen. It was like being part of a really enthusiastic group managing our own business. You’ll be thrown in the deep end, challenged, criticized and once more you will be challenged by stepping out of your comfort zone. This means you’ll get to know yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, but also the characteristics of your fellow board members. There might be no better ‘taste of the working life’ than being in the EBF Board for a year.

This is exactly the reason why employers value students who have gained practical experience where you have been challenged to develop yourself on a personal level. A board year is one of those experiences. The fact that you can grasp to a specific position in your team shows a lot of determination. Next to this you can prove how you use your theoretical knowledge in a practical setting. Do not underestimate the responsibilities that come with a large study association such as the EBF. You carry a large set of responsibilities for a massive amount of members, committees, partner companies and more stakeholders. Hereby you will build a vivid network from which you will reap the benefits for the rest of your life. By engaging in a Board year you will get in touch with a lot of companies which also shows you what specific field or branch attracts your interest.

At the moment I work for ING as a Campus Recruiter and still every day I benefit from these experiences that I have gained during my board year, now I use these in a large and professional corporation. ‘You take it on and make it happen’ is an important value within ING. Entrepreneurship and creativity are being rewarded greatly and engaging in a board year within the EBF offer you the possibility to show this entrepreneurial mindset and how you are able to carry a lot of responsibilities.

“Last but not least: I have gained a group of fantastic friends which I still speak on a weekly basis. Thus there is no doubt that you should grasp this opportunity with both hands!”

Lieke van Geelen
Employee Journey Advisor – Campus Recruiter
HR/People Services/Talent Acquisition