ELE 3637 Internship

ELE 3637 Internship

Course code: 
ELE 3637
Communication and Culture
Course coordinator: 
Benedicte Brøgger
Christine Myrvang
Course name in Norwegian: 
Product category: 
Bachelor - Electives
2024 Autumn
Active status: 
Level of study: 
Teaching language: 
Course type: 
One semester

The objective with the internship program is to give students the opportunity to combine work experience with studies in a manner that enhances their learning in both situations. By working in an enterprise, the students get to use theories and models they have learnt at school to solve practical tasks. This brings forth the relevance of the academic knowledge. At the same time, the course gives them the opportunity to systematically reflect on their practical work experiences. This prepares them for working life. The business community gets access to updated academic knowledge, able hands and the opportunity to address their needs for new knowledge as they prepare the internship activities for their interns. The student is responsible for finding an internship company.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge
  • Know about the key operative function in an enterprise and their interconnections.
  • Have an overview of the formal management systems of the enterprise.
  • Understand how informal rules and business culture shape everyday work
Learning outcomes - Skills
  • Ability to define and negotiate a realistic and productive work plan with manager
  • Know how to identify and use relevant and reliable information, theories and models, in writing as well as orally.
  • Ability to reflect on own professional development
General Competence
  • Respect for the complexities involved in doing business.
  • Independence and responsibility.
  • Evaluate sustainability as an important element in suggested courses of action in the internship company.
  • Critical reflection
Course content
  • The internship phases
  • Learning contract and work plan
  • On companies and enterprises, the work tasks
  • Problem statement, syllabus and term paper
  • Professional development
  • Uses of theory
  • Reflection tools
Teaching and learning activities

In internship company: 240 hours

The work tasks must be agreed with the company, including hours to preparatory work with the term paper. The work must be done during the semester through two full workdays (á 8 hours) per week from the start of the semester and until after the last workshop. If needed, the intern and company may agree to a slightly different workload, for example is a trade fair, survey or other activities require the student to work more during some weeks and less other weeks. The length of the internship work in the company shall not exceed 15 weeks calculated from the start of the semester. The work is not paid, and emphasis is on the intern's learning. If the intern wants major changes in the internship conditions, they must be agreed with the company and BI.

At school: 160 hours 

  • Kick-off seminar with interns and companies 
  • 4 modules of 6 hours each (3 hours lecture in class on academic questions and the term paper, and 3 hours activity in smaller supervision groups).

  • It's learning activities. 

  • Literature review/term paper (individual), feedback from supervisor/main lecturer. 
  • Prepare oral presentation.

This is a course with two exam elements. There must be a written confirmation from the company of completed practice when the student was registered on the course. The student does not need to work another 240 hours in the company in order to take the re-sit exam.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Additional information

There is a maximum of 60 places per. cohort /class. 

This course is defined with English as the language of instruction. However, the language of instruction will be adapted to the groups of students for whom the course is to be taught. The exam paper will be given in Norwegian and English and the students can choose either English, Norwegian or another Scandinavian language for the exam.


Higher Education Entrance Qualification


Deviations in teaching and exams may occur if external conditions or unforeseen events call for this.

Required prerequisite knowledge

Completed the digital bachelor employability course.

Students must have good study progress in the chosen bachelor field and C in average grade. Acceptance on the course will be done on an assessment of all requirements: progress, grades, letter of motivation, CV and learning contract. Ability to read and write English is expected.
To apply, the student must submit a CV, report on grades, a letter of motivation and a signed learning contract with the company. The letter of motivation must contain what the student seeks to achieve in terms of professional development from working in the specific company. The learning contract must describe the intern's role and responsibility during the internship, the expected learning outcome for the intern, the expected practical outcome for the company, progress and name, signature and contact details of the contact person in the company.

Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Submission PDF
Exam/hand-in semester: 
First Semester
1 Semester(s)
The exam text for the term paper is handed out at the start of the semester. The students work on the term paper during and between the modules, they receive individual feedback along the way and they hand in the assignment in advance of the final fourth module.
The term paper is to be submitted individually. The content must be related to the internship company and be based both on the experiences the intern has had and academic research literature. In addition to the term paper itself, the submission must include:
1. Reference list referring to minimum 350 pages academic literature. The students are responsible for choosing the syllabus. It is particularly recommended to choose literature from completed courses, but it is also expected that the students obtain and make use of other specialist literature of relevance to the topic of the term paper. The self-selected syllabus must appear in the reference list and the number of pages must be stated there.
2. Signed confirmation letter from the internship company that the student has been an intern there and an assessment of outcomes according to the learning contract.
Exam code: 
ELE 36372
Grading scale: 
Examination every semester
Exam category: 
Activity, Oral
Form of assessment: 
Oral Exam
Exam/hand-in semester: 
First Semester
30 Minute(s)
The oral exam is 30 minutes. per student, and is carried out in the following way; 10 minutes presentation, 10 min. conversation with the examiners, 10 minutes when the examiners grade and give the internship student the reasoning for the grade.
The oral examination depend on the submission of the written term paper in the same semester as the oral examination.
Exam code: 
ELE 36373
Grading scale: 
Examination every semester
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
All exams must be passed to get a grade in this course.
Total weight: 
Student workload
26 Hour(s)
The course is module-based with one kick-off seminar of 1 hour, and a) 4 modules of 3 hours of all-class lecture and b) 4 sessions of 3 hours of smaller supervision groups. Type a) sessions follow the basic learning platform (PREDIS model). Type b) sessions are for the disciplinary / professional learning outcome, as a general rule given by the student's study program. In addition comes an individual term paper supervision session.
Company visit and/or Study trip
240 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
134 Hour(s)
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 15 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 400 hours.