Internship Assignment/ Graduation thesis topic

Internship - internship - Haarlem, the Netherlands

Next Generation Pasture Index Insurance using VanderSat satellite data.


Themes: Remote Sensing, Grasslands, Insurance, Livestock, Market Analysis


VanderSat is an earth observation company, based in Haarlem, the Netherlands. We have developed a patented method to provide high-resolution observations of soil moisture anywhere on earth, every day. Based on our unique soil moisture dataset, we have successfully developed and marketed drought/soil moisture excess index crop insurance together with partners in the insurance sector. In 2020 we were operational in 11 countries in the world, while adding another 6. Around EUR2M of insurance premium was covered, representing over 325.000 hectares of agricultural land insured.


We are now looking to launch a new product: pasture index insurance, and we need your help to realize this! The objective of this internship is to envision and implement a next generation pasture insurance product by learning from existing case studies, identifying limitations and leveraging the strength of our datasets. The internship combines a market study with a technical analysis.



The internship activities will include (but not limited to):

Evaluate market and technical potential based on case studies of pasture index insurance

●      Market analysis


●      Technical analysis


●      Example cases: Index insurances for grasslands – A review for Europe and North-America (Vroege et al. 2019)

Investigate the possibility to develop a pasture index with VanderSat data (Soil Moisture, Vegetation Optical Depth, Land Surface Temperature, Biomass proxy)


Provide recommendations for VanderSat to proceed to a possible roll out


VanderSat is looking for a creative and initiative-oriented student with good python skills, who has an affinity for economical/market studies/environmental/agricultural modeling. You will be supervised by a team of remote sensing specialists and business developers. The activities can be performed remotely. Being able to host you at our office in Haarlem is dependent on the progression of the current C-19 situation – we hope this will be possible.



VanderSat is a company of around 40 people with a strong foundation in Science and Technology. Science that we put to practice because we want to make a difference by optimizing water and food usage and help farmers protect themselves against natural disasters. The beliefs, attitudes and values of free-thinking scientists are the basis of VanderSat’s culture. We stay connected to innovative Science and Technology through our Partnerships with Research Groups and leading Companies. At VanderSat we try to work together to solve big problems in a humble fashion. Don’t be scared if your colleague decides to not wear shoes that day, half your colleagues are abroad, and you find a large stuffed crocodile duct taped to your chair on your birthday.


Please send your application and CV to me!

Berend de Jong MSc