Internship

Subject to prior approval, an internship can form part of the MSc study programme as part of the electives block. 

An internship include

  • A stay in a company
  • A brief report (internship report) on the academic outcome of the internship
  • A theoretical report (internship seminar) 

Research internship
You can also do a research internship and develop your academic competences by working as an unpaid research assistant/research intern. The department constitutes the “company”, and the same rules apply as for other internships.

Internship in own company
You cannot be an intern in your own company. An internship requires the presence of an external supervisor in the company, who is responsible for the student and can guide the student during the internship. The external supervisor has the overall responsibility for the student during the internship and is accountable to the university in terms of ensuring that the internship is in fact carried out. You cannot be your own supervisor nor can you be supervised by a close partner.

Requirement of participation in all 1st and 2nd semester courses
To obtain the academic depth in the internship the student must have participated in all prerequisite and compulsory courses before the internship is initiated. This means that the student must have used his/her first exam attempt in all prerequisite and compulsory courses. 

 

Internships can be approved with a weighting of either 10 or 15 ECTS according to the following model:

10 ECTS15 ECTS
InternshipMin. 296 hours according to 2 months full time work.*Min. 444 hours according to 3 months full time work.*
Internship report2 pages2 pages
Internship seminarMax. 20 pagesMax. 25 pages

*) Maximum 40 hours a week

 

 

Objective and content

The objective of the internship is to obtain a deeper understanding of a subject area or topic. As an internship replaces one or more courses in an MSc study programme, the learning should consist of a deeper academic insight into an area and not just superficial knowledge of the area. The internship should therefore serve as a source of inspiration for the remaining part of the MSc study programme. It should be noted that the aim for the internship is to form a natural part of the profile and the content which the student in question wants to add to his or her studies. The content of an internship will thus provide the student with a deeper insight into the academic profile of the relevant MSc study programme.

It is expected that the internship will develop the student's:

1. Analytical competencies, including the ability to:

  • Narrow down complex issues
  • Define precise problem formulations in a complex world
  • Identify relevant solution models
  • Conduct the analyses
  • Assess the results
  • Propose alternative solutions for implementation

2. Navigation competencies, including the ability to:

  • Relate issues to a larger perspective
  • Form a synthesis across multiple subject areas
  • Assign priority to the individual elements in a larger process

3. Innovative competencies, including the ability to:

  • Work creatively
  • Formulate new and perhaps untraditional solution proposals

4. Collaborative and managerial competencies, including the ability to:

  • Work independently
  • Be part of a team
  • Control his/her own internship

5. Communication competencies, including the ability to:

  • Communicate orally with his/her surroundings in the company, both at a high social and linguistic level
  • Communicate in writing in clear and comprehensible language

In order to meet the academic objectives of an internship, it is important that the student is aware of these objectives both before and during the internship in the company. It is therefore advisable that the student keeps a journal, e.g. once a week, which describes the projects etc. that the student is involved in. This will facilitate the preparation of the report after the internship. Subsequently, the journal can function as a source of inspiration for formulating the topic of the internship seminar, which must be handed in no later than one month after the end of the internship. The learning curve is expected to peak when the internship seminar supports the projects which the student has participated in.

This does not rule out the possibility, however, that a close link between the projects during the internship and the internship seminar may not be achieved. It is not certain, for example, that the projects which the student will be working with are suitable as the basis for the internship seminar. As a consequence, there will most likely be cases where the connection between the internship seminar and the internship is quite loose.

Regardless of whether the connection to the internship is close or loose, the same requirements apply to the internship seminar, which must contain:

  • Problem formulation
  • Delimitation
  • Theory
  • Analysis
  • Conclusion

The student is advised to obtain the supervisor's approval of the synopsis, which, as a minimum, entails approval of the problem formulation etc., the table of contents and the bibliography. Actual guidance on the writing process cannot be expected. In cases of doubt, however, the supervisor can be contacted.

As concerns formal requirements etc., reference is made to the thesis-writing guidelines of the MSc study programmes.

Internship report and seminar can be written in Danish if the student has been assigned an adviser who agrees.

Internship agreement

The student is responsible for finding and concluding a written agreement with a host company. The agreement must include a description of the work to be performed, the time frame for the internship, the scope (in working hours) of the internship and the name and contact information of the external supervisor (the contact person in the company). The description of the work to be performed must be such that it is possible to determine the academic relevance and level of the internship.

Internship Agreement

Supervision

The host company appoints a contact person (external supervisor). The external supervisor has the overall responsibility for the student during the internship and enters into an internship agreement with the student. At the end of the internship the external advisor can be asked to assess if the student has completed the internship in a satisfactory manner.

 

The student is responsible for finding an internal supervisor who must be employed as an academic member of staff at BSS. The internal supervisor must:

  • Approve the internship/the internship agreement
  • Approve the internship report
  • Approve the problem formulation, delimitation and table of contents of the internship seminar and provide guidance in connection with the preparation thereof
  • Assess the internship seminar

Preliminary approval

The supervisor must approve the internship programme in order for the internship to form part of the electives block of the MSc study programme. The student is responsible for obtaining the preliminary approval of the internship from the internal supervisor. The internal supervisor pre-approves the internship by signing the internship agreement.

Registration

Registration for the internship and for the assessment of the internship report/-seminar occurs when submitting the signed internship agreement to the Aarhus BSS Study Service. You must submit the signed internship agreement before you initiate your internship, but no later than 15 August. This applies to all internships to be held in the Autumn semester.

 

 

Handing in the internship report and the internship seminar

The internship report and internship seminar must be submitted to the Aarhus BSS Study Administration in building 1443 one month after completing the internship at the latest. You must submit two copies of the internship report and internship seminar, respectively.

The front page of the internship report must include the following information:

  • Name of the student
  • Student registration number
  • Programme
  • Name of the supervisor

If the internship report and the internship seminar is not submitted one month after completing the internship at the latest or if the student fails (including handing in a blank assignment), the first exam attempt is used.

The 2nd exam attempt starts automatically and the student has to submit the internship report and a new internship seminar two months after the 1st attempt of exam. If not, the second exam attempt is used.

The 3rd exam attempt starts automatically and the student has to submit the internship report and a new internship seminar two months after the 2nd attempt of exam. If not, the third and last exam attempt is used.

Evaluation and assessment

The internship report is assessed by the supervisor as approved/not approved, while the internship seminar is assessed by the supervisor in accordance with the Danish 7-point grading scale. To have the internship seminar assessed, the internship report must have been approved. The internship seminar is included in the total average of the MSc study programme with a weighting of 10 or 15 ECTS.

'12 Excellent' is given if the internship seminar contains:

  • A clear problem formulation
  • A clear delimitation
  • A precise discussion of possible theoretical solution models
  • An in-depth analysis of the issue described
  • A brief conclusion containing one or more solution proposals
  • A well-structured presentation written in clear and comprehensible language

'02 Satisfactory' is given if the internship seminar contains:

  • An imprecise problem formulation
  • Unclear or no delimitation
  • A random choice of theory
  • An incomplete and inadequate analysis
  • A conclusion which only to a certain extent provides answers to the problem described
  • A presentation that often lacks structure and is written in imprecise language

Erasmus grant

Students doing an internship as part of their M.Sc. programme can apply for an Erasmus grant.

Erasmus grants for internships are administered by Aarhus University's International Center.

In the following link you will find more information about Erasmus Work Placement