Project-based internship

On and after the autumn semester 2020

Internships can be approved with a weighting of 20 ECTS:

20 ECTS
Project-based internship 444 hours according to 12 weeks of  full time work.*

*) Maximum 40 hours a week.

Only internships equivalent to 444 hours will be approved. You are not obliged to structure the 444 hours as full time work, but you are allowed to structure the hours of your internship over a longer period of time, e.g. if you choose to register for an elective in the same semester. If you choose to agree on an internship with additional hours, it is solely a matter between you and the company. Please note that the internship must be completed before submission of the report (on 4 January).

The final course description for the 20 ECTS project-based internship in the autumn semester of 2021 will be published in the AU course catalogue by mid-April 2021.  

Registration

You register for project-based internship in the registration period from 1-5 May. You register online at mystudies.au.dk -> 'STADS'.

Moreover you need to send a scanned version of the signed internship agreement in an email to Aarhus BSS Studies: kandidat.bss@au.dk no later than 15 August.

Project-based internship agreement

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.  

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


Before the commencement of the internship, but no later than 15 August, please send a scanned version of the internship agreement in an email to Aarhus BSS Studies: kandidat.bss@au.dk 

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.

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

We recommend that you find inspiration for finding an internal supervisor in the supervisor lists

Career Management Skills workshops

 

You will attend CMS workshops with fellow students across different M.Sc. programmes. At the workshops, you will exchange experiences with your fellow students, learn from each other and each other’s work places, work tasks and learning outcome. You will also learn more about how you contribute to an organisation, what your own key competences are, what matters to you and which organisational type matches you the most. 

The timing of the onsite workshop will be flexible because you will have the option to change classes in order to make your schedule fit with your work place. If you find an internship in e.g. Copenhagen, you will be able to choose to attend the classes on a Monday or a Friday. If you are doing an internship abroad all the workshops will be online and you will still have the opportunity to interact with fellow students online and exchange experiences. 

The workshops will be held by Aarhus BSS Career & Alumni. Read more here.

Statements from former CMS participants: 

“I have become better at describing my competences and how I can contribute to an organization”

“I have learned to use my managers to help describe how I contribute – also in the future jobs”

“It was really useful to meet with the other students and experience that we could help and provide useful advice to each other, so CMS was really time well spent.”    

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. For mere information please see the course description. You can find the course description in the course catalogue by searching for "Project-based Research Internship". 

Project-based Internship in Your Own Startup

The ”Project-based internship in your own startup” let you learn from the process of starting your own firm in an institutionalised and supportive environment of an incubator.

The learning is created by the combination of starting a firm, while being situated at an incubator; following workshops at the incubator, having a mentor at the incubator and having an internal supervisor at the Department of Management. 

It is a prerequisite that you have made an agreement with a relevant incubator; are following workshops at the incubator, and have a mentor at the incubator.

You will find more information in the AU Course Catalogue (search on 'Project-based Internship in Your Own Startup').

Rules regarding your student grant and loan

Acknowledgement
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.    

Handing in the internship report and oral defence

The internship report must be submitted at the latest on 4 January. The oral defense will take place during the second half of January.

If you are registered for the internship, you will receive a notification regarding the oral defence prime January    

Please note that the internship must be completed before submission of the report.

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 (including spaces)

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

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