You have the option of doing an internship or work placement as part of your Master’s degree programme with a view to working with your subject in a specific job context. This placement must be relevant to your studies, as well as reflecting the labour market for which you are preparing. You can read more about the guidelines for doing a placement in the academic regulations for your subject. The academic regulations refer to placements as either “internships” or “work placements”.
Placements can be done in public-sector or private-sector host organisations in Denmark or abroad. You need to play a part in one or more of the daily working routines or work with a limited project in your host organisation.
Deadlines for completing your internship
The following deadlines apply for the internship/work placement/internship at the project host:
Your placement must last between three and five months (between two and four months for students using the option of a 20 ECTS placement on the A2 line), and must take place at an organisation or company which is relevant for your subject.
You must choose your own placement supervisor at your school (normally a teacher who is interested in the topic of the placement).
You can also find out out who works with the topic of your placement by asking your fellow students, teachers or student counsellors. A supervisor can be allocated to you if you have difficulty finding one yourself. You need to apply for this to the board of studies. Your application must contain information about the academic content of your placement, enabling the board of studies to find a supervisor for you.
You are responsible for arranging meetings with your supervisor, depending on your needs, the number of ECTS credits involved etc. We recommend at least three or four supervision sessions, depending on the extent of the placement. These should be held before or at the start of the placement, during the placement, and in connection with doing your assignment/exam.
You will get most out of your placement if you step back and think carefully about the tasks and role you are performing at the host organisation along the way. This should preferably be done with your supervisor. So we recommend that you do not work for the host organisation more than 25 hours a week. We also recommend that you reserve the month before the exam and use it to write your assignment.
Procedure for applications and approval
The procedure for placement applications and approval vary, depending on your principal field of study.
You are responsible for finding a host organisation. Once you have found a host organisation you need to work with them to draw up a placement agreement containing information about the placement period, tasks to be performed, reporting etc.
This agreement must be signed by your contact at the host organisation and approved by your supervisor at the university.
Once your project agreement has been approved and signed, you must scan and upload it via the form ‘Preliminary approval for courses outside AU’ at mit.au.dk.
Placements end with a written assignment on a subject chosen by the student.
The length of this assignment varies, depending on your principal field of study.
You will find more information about the type of examination in your academic regulations.