Course code INN332

INN332 Internship abroad

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Course responsible: Elin Kubberød
ECTS credits: 25
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
The course is given in the Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Once a year, in the Spring parallel to June block.  
First time: 2019H
Course contents:
International experience represents a unique and crucial learning context for students. An international internship in entrepreneurship and innovation offers you as a student a unique opportunity to gain cross-cultural work experience in a study-relevant company in another country. You can try out theories and methods in practice in a new cultural context and at the same time contribute with extra resources, research-based knowledge and outsider perspectives directly from your studies. This way, your internship will represent a mutually useful work relationship full of learning opportunities for both parties. This course takes cross-cultural action learning as its point of departure within the area of entrepreneurship and innovation. The aim is to gain relevant practical experience and apply academic knowledge in practice . Collaborations between universities and industry have given life to many new innovations over the years. Endeavours to find solutions to complex social, environmental and economic challenges have increasingly required collaboration between universities and industry, locally and cross-culturally. Thus industry and university incubation collaboration is a the core of this internship. For the time being the collaborating institution is Stellenbosch University in South Africa.
Learning outcome:


  • You will develop knowledge about entrepreneurship and innovation work in order to gain a deeper understanding of the current challenges that actors face in practice in a new cultural context
  • You will learn to relate own practical experiences in the internship to theory and methods in the study program to gain deeper insight into the application of these to create new knowledge and understanding that challenges established thinking and doing.


  • You will learn to collaborate to identify new opportunities, which can contribute to novel and creative ideas, change and growth in your internship company
  • You will develop skills to analyse, formulate, communicate and use solutions in the company as well as to make well-founded choices by reflecting upon theory and practice in a new cultural context
  • You will develop skills that enables you to describe, reflect upon and share practice-based experiences

General competence:

  • You will be trained in cross-cultural to a professional development within your subject area
  • You will be able to work independently, participate in the company as a team-member and contribute as a partner and with an outsider perspective to the innovation challenges that the company deals with
  • You will gain competence to absorb and reflect over practice-based cross-cultural learning

Highlights of expected outcomes:

  • Explore the progressive and collaborative approaches to cross-Cultural artnerships around entrepreneurship
  • Develop sustainable industry linkages between both countries
  • Explore new fields of joint capacity development activities and cooperation, and how to transfer knowledge and skills across cultural contexts
Learning activities:

The learning space is the Startup companies and the Business Incubator, the University community and the regional Ecosystem. 

Students shall participate in the following activities: Introductory seminars, organized campus tour, cohort based entrepreneurship course once every week (8 contacts), attendance of 2 public seminars organized in collaboration with the division for research development office.

Industry Immersion Visits:

Excursion visits to local (Small to mid-sized companies) within the economic environmentImmersion workshops, facilitated as part of the Skills development programBusiness mixer event for networking with local Students.Students are expected to be active inquisitive, observant and reflective throughout this program

Academic delivery - reflection report. You will write a reflection report of maximum 10 pages where you are supposed to link theory, methods and practice and reflect upon the internship as well as your practice-based learning in a different cultural context. The reflection report shall show ability to reflect based on learning in practice in close relationship with required and self-chosen literature. Further information about the report format and content will be provided at the course outset.

Teaching support:
Students will be assigned a lead mentor in the host environment to oversees all activities and act as the course coordinator, closely supervising the student activities.  
The readings consist of required literature and self-selected literature. The required literature will be announced on Canvas before the student leaves NMBU. The self -elected literature will consist of relevant theory and methods connected to entrepreneurial learning and methods in innovation and entrepreneurship. You will find and choose this literature yourself to enlighten the topics you work on. The chosen literature (scientific articles, book chapters etc.) is to be listed on the reference list in alphabetical order and shall contain at least 250 pages (equals about six to eight journal articles).
Recommended prerequisites:
Students enrolled in the master’s program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Mandatory activity:

Mandatory activity:

Compulsory internship in the startup/firm. Full working days (40 h) in 12 weeks.Compulsory participation in all the prescribed entrepreneurship activities in host country including Industry Immersion and visits, attendance in seminars, and other required assignments to be specified in host country.Logs from reflection upon practiceReflection report about own entrepreneurial learning and cross-cultural learning
Reflection report written in English. Reflection report counts 100% of the grading. You will document your practice-based cross-cultural learning through reflection logs throughout the internship period. The final academic delivery is a reflection report, which is to be written individually. The reflection report is graded pass/fail.
Nominal workload:

750 hours.

400 hours in company/institution (12 weeks, 5 days per week), 150 hours host seminars and workshops, 200 hours work on logs and the reflection report (including required readings).

Entrance requirements:
For students in the master program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
External examiner controls the quality of the syllabus and the principles for the final assessment.
Examination details: Continous exam: A - E / F