Arkæologi og Sustainable Heritage Management

1. Information meeting

Each spring term, an information meeting for the students is held by the internship coordinator in cooperation with Careercenter, SNUK, study counsellor, administration and International (as far as they are relevant and concerned).

This meeting will inform the students about

  • Background within the frame of academic regulation
  • Administrative procedure, i.e. how to enrol
  • Strategies to find an internship placement
  • Formal requirements and academic expectations towards the placement
  • Code of conduct for students being a representative of AU
  • Insurance, funding for transport, grant during
  • Internship abroad

2. Finding a supervisor, an internship project and an internship placement

The student has to make a choice between internship, profile course or international electives by signing up for fall term courses during the teaching registration period for the semester in question.

The core of the internship is a self-consistent project executed by the student. It is recommended to use this internship project as a starting point or basis for the master thesis. During the internship, the student has to submit several portfolio parts, some related to the internship, others related to the master thesis project.


The student has to find a supervisor for the master thesis during the second term, who will also be the supervisor during the internship. As a preparation for the first meeting with this supervisor, the student has to sketch out a possible topic for the master thesis and provide a list of possible placements which could host an internship project relevant for this topic.


It is the student's responsibility to find a placement - in case of need in cooperation with the supervisor, the internship coordinator and the study counsellor.

3. Internship agreement and approval of internship

A project draft must be drawn up in cooperation with the supervisor. It constitutes the basis of a written agreement between the student and the host organisation.

For this written agreement use this form

Danish: Aftale om projektorienteret forløb // English: Project placement agreement

AU has certain requirements and expectations towards the internship placement and the contents of the internship that must be documented in the agreement, signed by the representative of the placement, the student and his/her supervisor:

  • Placement must be relevant in terms of a possible workplace after having finished M.A.
  • Project must be related to the education in Archaeology/SHM as far as competences, knowledge, skills and the intended product are concerned.
  • Project must be feasible for student either working independent or being part of a team.
  • Placement must provide local supervision & help, an adequate place of work and access to all relevant information in order to perform a successful project.
  • A copyright agreement clarifies how to use the student's product and the materials provided by the host organisation respectively by both sides.

It is the internship coordinator's responsibility to check to what extent the internship agreement fulfils these requirements and to approve the agreement by signature.

4. Administrative procedure

In order to make the final choice between profile course and internship, the student must upload the signed agreement via self-service section (selvbetjeningen at using the form sheet "forhåndsgodkendelse"/"prior approval" the latest 15 August. The agreement will be uploaded as attachment.

The supervisor approves the agreement on behalf of the board of studies. The student sends a copy to the supervisor and the internship coordinator.

If any problems arise during the placement, the student should contact the internshipcoordinator immediately.

If it is not possible to find an adequate placement or the agreement is not approved, the student will be able to enroll into a profile course according to the academic regulation.

5. Supervision process and midterm evaluation

In connection with the internship/work placement, a preliminary supervision meeting between the student and the supervisor is held. At the preliminary supervision meeting, the supervisor and the student jointly draw up a contract for the internship/work placement as well as a supervision plan that comprises at least two meetings/skype or phone conferences during the internship. In addition, the supervisor and the student set the framework for how the student can fulfil the learning objectives of the internship/work placement as well as discussing their expectations for the process.

The student, the supervisor and the local contact person are supposed to hold a midterm meeting in person or as e.g. a Skype or phone conference. At this half-way evaluation, the supervisor and the student evaluate the internship/work placement in order to make sure that the learning outcomes are possible to meet. The supervisor and the student also evaluate the supervision process as well as planning the supervision connected to the project report.

6. Examination: Portfolio and Internship report

The project course/internship will be graded upon the basis of the portfolio.

This portfolio consists of:

  1. a preliminary bibliography on the chosen internship project (at least 20 titles)
  2. a first draft of at least two problem formulations for the master thesis and a corresponding bibliography of at least 20 titles
  3. a second draft of a problem formulation for the master thesis, a bibliography and a working plan
  4. internship report (18-22 pages), internship agreement and a testimonial of the host organisation about the internship

Part 1-3) are to be submitted during the internship period. Part 3) forms the basis for the initial supervision meeting starting the master thesis (before 15 December), part 4) is to be submitted according to the exam timetable.

The internship report is not identical with the product, but has to include a description of the practical experience of working process and the most important results. The product of the project (eg. a catalogue, a guidebook) can be submitted as an attachment of the report.

The report has to document and reflect upon academic issues associated with the internship taking into consideration sources, methods and theories of Archaeology/SHM.

The student has critically to assess the extent to which the original objective stated in the signed agreement was achieved or transformed during the process.

Example of report structure

1. Introduction (1/2 – 1 page)

Brief description of the host organisation and its roles in Archaeology/ Heritage Management

Project period

Short description of the internship project/projects: Which concrete questions were investigated during the internship (problem formulation)?

2. Theoretical and practical background of the internship and project (1.5 – 3 pages)

Which archaeological themes as well as broader academic issues were central for the internship? Which theoretical frameworks are central for the academic and practical background of the internship? What is the relevance of the target audience (e.g. communication and exhibition theory) for the project?

Which current academic debates were relevant for the internship?

Overview of literature about the academic and practical background of the project (the bibliography should include at least 20 titles!).

3. The host institution, its role and relevance for the internship project (1,5-2 pages)

More detailed description of the host institution: What department/section of the institution were you placed and what is its social, political or legal role (which legal obligation does the host institution/section/department fulfil, e.g. in heritage protection act/museumsloven)?

Why was the host organisation chosen as the place for the internship, what was its relevance for the internship project? How do the academic goals of the internship and the organizations role and function relate?

4. Method and documentation (1-4 pages)

Which method, techniques (registration, surveys, interviews, etc.) were intended to be used during the internship and which methods and theories were actually used?

How did you document your work and related activities during the internship

5. Results or summary of product (5-8 pages)

Provide an insight into the practical experience and specific tasks that were included in the internship/field study.

Sum up and describe products and results of the internship (e.g. catalogue, guidebook, literature, survey results, reports, film, educational material, the product itself can be included as an attachment)?

6. Perspectives and reflections (2-5 pages)

How will the products and results be used by the host organisation or future work beyond it?

Discussion the relevance of your internship and its product against the background of the academical and theoretical framework presented in chapter 2 ( Theoretical and Practical Background). Here it is possible to take into consideration the role of the host organisation for the performance during the project and for its further use.

What insights into archaeology / heritage management as a working area were gained during the internship?

What answers did you find to the concrete questions that were investigated during the internship?

In how far did the internship meet the objectives that were formulated in the contract? Which (unexpected) challenges arose during the placement (Did any methods turn out to be problematic or challenging during the internship? Did any procedures prove to be impractical, required modification, or were not useful? What could you have done differently during the placement?)

Can you make any recommendations as to how the host institution could improve their practice within the work fields you have been engaged in?

How do you intend to use the products and results produced during the internship (e.g. in your later master thesis)?

7. Bibliography (should include at least 20 titles)

8. Attachments

The Internship agreement between the student and the host institution (obligatory)

Any products produced during the internship (e.g. catalogue, guidebook, literature, survey results, reports, film, educational material)

7. Feedback and evaluation

The student is asked to evaluate the project course, the process of supervision and the internship. The supervisor will offer feedback on the report and its grading.