Cognitive Science

Why should you choose a project placement?

A project placement gives you the chance to test your subject knowledge and use your academic skills in a specific working context.

It should be relevant for your degree programme in the broadest academic sense, as well as (hopefully) improving your future job prospects. In other words, it gives you the chance to create your own individual qualification profile. 

It also gives you the chance to find out about life in the workplace, as well as learning what the labour market expects of graduates.

Where, who and how?

The project placements can take place in an educational or research environment at a university in Denmark (but not at the School of Communication and Culture), in an administrative organization or governmental agency, in a cultural institution, in a consultancy firm, or in other sorts of private or public enterprises.

Project placements may also be used to collect data for later analysis. This could for instance be in relation to a master’s thesis collaboration where you write your master’s thesis with a company or organisation. A master’s thesis collaboration is an excellent opportunity to address a specific issue in a company or organisation, which you can benefit greatly from when entering the labour market later on.

You must organise your internship or work placement yourself. To do this, you have to find a suitable host organization and ask them to take you on as an intern. You can find more information about this as well as a step-by-step guide at the study portal.

You can find organisations with available positions in the AU Job Bank.

Project period and exam

The project placement must be completed by December 31st.

Project placements are subject to examination, so they must be concluded with a report. This report must meet the requirements stated in your academic regulations.

The report must be submitted in the same way as other exam assignments. Check the Project Placement exam timetable for the exact submission deadline.

How do I find a supervisor?

You will need to have an internal supervisor from the teaching staff of the Department of Linguistics, Cognitive Science and Semiotics. Supervisors are not assigned automatically; we recommend that you contact a suitable supervisor from LICS during the planning phase. This will ensure effective collaboration between you, the host organisation, and the department.

When you contact a possible internal supervisor, please enclose a brief (one-page) description of the project you want to carry out, explaining why it is relevant for your degree programme in cognitive science – and why your degree programme is relevant for your host organisation. At this point in the process, you do not need to have an agreement with a host organisation. The aim of this description is to make it possible for your supervisor to assess the academic relevance of your project and your host organisation.

Eligible supervisors can be found on this list. Please note that your internal supervisor for Project Placement does not need to be the same as your thesis supervisor, but may be the same person if appropriate.

If you are unsuccessful in finding an internal supervisor yourself, you must contact the project coordinator.

Drawing up a project agreement

Before starting your project placement, a written agreement between the host organisation, the department and you must be drawn up. The project placement agreement must be signed by the host organisation, the head of department, your supervisor and you.

See the “Project placement agreement” section in the step-by-step guide for more information and the link to the form.