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 includes

  • A stay in a company
  • Participation in Career Management Skills workshops
  • A report 

The purpose of the project-based internship is to give you the opportunity to apply, and reflect on using, the knowledge, skills and competencies you have acquired through your M.Sc. in Economics and Business Administration specialisation in real life practice. You are thus trained in the role of being a reflective practitioner, who, on the one hand, participates in performing relevant practical tasks and, on the other hand, reflects on them from an analytical position.

A project-based internship involves a stay in a relevant company or organisation for an extended period of time. A project-based internship has three main elements 

  • The analysis and/or solution of one of more specific substantive phenomena or problem(s) determined by the company in collaboration with you and the internal supervisor at Aarhus University (practice element).
  • A reflexive analysis and discussion of the selected phenomena and problem(s) (reflexive element)
  • Participation in the Career Management Skills workshops

Participation in the Career Management Skills workshops will provide you with tools for reflection on your personal and professional competences and how they can be used in practices and to reflect on what you want from your future career and will be able to offer to prospective employers. The 2x 6 hour workshops will be held on campus Fuglesangs Allé. Your schedule can be found on Blackboard, so you can coordinate with your internship organisation which days you will out of office. Students doing their internship abroad will follow an online course. 

The practice-based internship should form a natural part of your MSc study programme and therefore the problems you work on should be in line with that programme. The content of a practice-based internship will thus provide you with a deeper insight into the academic profile of the relevant MSc study programme.

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 296 hours according to 8 weeks of full time work.*444 hours according to 12 weeks of  full time work.*
Report55,000 characters without spaces (excluding appendix). The appendix should be app. 11,000 characters without spaces.Max. 77,000 characters without spaces (excluding appendix). The appendix should be app. 11,000 characters without spaces.

*) Maximum 40 hours a week.

Only internships equivalent to 296 hours or 444 hours will be approved. You are not obliged to structure the 296/444 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 10 January).

You are not able sign up for both types of internships so you must choose between the 10 ECTS or 15 ECTS internship.

Find more information about the project-based internship at Aarhus BSS Career.

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

Career Management Skills workshops

You will attend two separate 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. The workshops will be a combination of lecture and workshop, and you will be working with some hands-on tools, where you will 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 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 you will attend an online course instead and will still have the opportunity to interact with fellow students online and exchange experiences. 

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

Statements from former CMS participants: 

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

“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.  

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


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

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.    


You register for project-based internship in the registration period from 1-5 May. You register online at Then click on “Student Self-Service (STADS)”.

Moreover you need to submit the a signed internship agreement to the Aarhus BSS Student Services no later than 15 August.

Handing in the internship report

The internship report must be submitted at the latest on 10 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 (without spaces)

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

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