BUS334 Internship for Economists

Credits (ECTS):10

Course responsible:Silja Marianna Korhonen-Sande

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Norsk

Limits of class size:20

Course frequency:Annually

Nominal workload:250 hours.

Teaching and exam period:This course starts in Autumn parallell. This course has teaching/ evaluation in Autumn parallel.

About this course

This course trains the students in applying knowledge and skills from their business and administration studies in practice, and assists in developing relevant work experience. During the internship, the student will

- accomplish work tasks in the organization as defined in the project description (part of the internship contract)

- participate in learning activities at the Business School

- write and deliver a report where the student

  • formulates and motivates a problem relevant to the organization and generates insight into this problem with the help of research-based literature from the student's specialization studies in business and administration
  • reflects on personal professional development and how the knowledge and skills developed through the studies have contributed to accomplishing work tasks in the organization

To participate in this course, the student needs to identify and establish contact with a potensial internship organization (private or public sector) and sign an internship contract with this organization and the Business School. An important part of this contract is a project description, which defines the length of the internship, work tasks and deliveries, time schedule, milestones and a contact person in the organization.

The student formulates the project description together with the contact person in the organization. The internship contract needs to be signed by the students and the potensial internship organization before the contract (including the project description) is sent to the course responsible for consideration latest in week 34 via Canvas. The course responsible goes through the proposed internships in week 35. The study advisor enrolls the students whose internships have been approved latest in week 36.

Please notice that this course has a limited number of participants. Those students who have got an internship in the partnership organizations during spring 2023 will be prioritized. The rest of the places are reserved to the 2nd year students in M-ØA. The 3rd year students from B-ØA who have a grade average B and wish to take this course can take contact with the course responsible latest in week 33.

Those students who have not an internship in the partnership organizations need to find their own internship organization. Assuming that the proposed internships match with the contents of the course and its learning goals, and the student has followed the instructions for internship contracts, the students will be enrolled in the course based on the date when the student has downloaded their internship contract (incuding the project description) for consideration at Canvas. Internship is unpaid.

Learning outcome

Knowledge

After an accomplished internship, the student has

  • increased insight in those practical challenges and opportunities in the organization and its external environment where the theories and methods in business and administration are applicable alone or together with other disciplines
  • developed knowledge in the theory and methods in business and administration through combining research-based knowledge, method and work experience in practical problem solving

Skills

During the internship, the students has developed skills in

  • accomplishing work tasks as defined in the internship contract
  • work independently
  • apply knowledge in business and administration in practice
  • search, identify and internalize research-based knowledge applicable to problem solving in practice
  • formulate and follow up goals for practice-based learning

General knowledge

  • written and oral communication
  • reflection on personal professional development
  • cooperation and coordination at work
  • - Contracting

    - Independent accomplishment of work tasks as defined in the project description. Internship can take place in a private or public sector organization. The student will work on tasks related to the student's specialization in the business and administration studies, and participate in the daily work to be familiar with the organization.

    - follow up with the course responsible

    - active participation in three digital seminars together with the other students and the course responsible during the semester. The seminars will require preparations and support writing the final report. More information will be given at the course start.

    - writing the final report. More information will be given at the course start.

  • Canvas, joint seminars during the semester, feedback from the course responsible/ other supervisors, contact person from the internship organization
  • Bachelor in business administration. Those 3rd year students in B-ØA who wish to take this course can take contact with the course responsible latest in week 33.
  • Assignment (passed/ not passed). There is no continuation exam for this course.
  • An external examiner evaluates the syllabus and the assessment method
  • Three seminars, work at the internship organization (Confirmation/attestation), follow-up with the course responsible (weekly). The internship agreement must be accepted before the course enrollment. The mandatory activities are valid only for one semester.
  • Seminars, see learning activities.
  • ECN334 (10 stp), ECN333 (5 stp), INN331 (10 stp)
  • Passed / Not Passed
  • The course is for 2nd year students Master in Business and Administration program. 3rd year students in B-ØA who wish to take the course can take contact with the course responsible.

    The internship contract (including the project description) must be approved before course enrollment.