Project-based internship

Subject to prior approval, a project-based internship can form part of the MSc study programme as part of the electives block. 

A project-based internship include

  • A stay in a company
  • A report 

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.

Project-based 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:

Project-based internship Min. 296 hours according to 2 months full time work.*Min. 444 hours according to 3 months full time work.*
Report44,000 characters without spaces (excluding appendix) Max. 55,000 characters without spaces (excluding appendix)

*) Maximum 40 hours a week

You must submit the signed internship agreement before you initiate your internship, but no later than 15 August.  

Objective and content

The objective of the project-based 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.

Learning outcomes and other requirements can be found in the course description above.

Project-based 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


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.

Regardless whether the report is handed in the first time for the ordinary exam or for the reexam, supervision takes place only in the time before the date stipulated for handing in for the ordinary exam. 

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

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.

Rules regarding your student grant and loan

Companies that affiliate students in project-based internships can give them an acknowledgement to show their appreciation. Students can accept acknowledgements up to a maximum of 3000 Danish kroner per month besides their monthly student grant (SU).

A project-based internship forms part of your education as it is an integrated part of the courses constituting your degree programme. Therefore, students are eligible to receive SU while they take part in a project-based internship. Please note, as a student you cannot accept a salary during your project-based internship. This also applies if you give up your SU.
Students cannot expect to receive a permanent monthly acknowledgement from the company. Furthermore, you cannot make an agreement on beforehand that ensures a monthly acknowledgement
However, the student and the company can make an agreement from which it appears that the student can receive an acknowledgement for her/his efforts.

Legislation and salary
A number of countries (e.g. France and Germany) have legislation that requires companies to disburse a salary to students when they work for the company as part of a project-based internship. 

Students can receive the salary constituted by law, if they participate in a project-based internship in one of the countries where salaries are required.
However, it is important to emphasize that the student cannot receive SU while they also receive a salary from the place of internship.
Students must at all times be able to document that it is a legal requirement before they are allowed to receive salary in connection with a project-based internship.    


Registration for the  project-based internship and for the assessment of the  report occurs when submitting the signed internship agreement to the Aarhus BSS Student Services. 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

The internship report must be submitted at the latest on 31 January.

The report must be uploaded to WISEflow.

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

  • Name of the student
  • Student registration number
  • Programme
  • Name of the supervisor
  • Number of characters (without spaces)

Information and regarding assessment and reexams can be found in the course description above.


The 2nd exam attempt starts automatically and the student has to submit a new internship report on March 31. If not, the second exam attempt is used.

The 3rd exam attempt starts automatically and the student has to submit a new internship report on May 31. If not, the third and last exam attempt is used.

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

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