ELE 3667 Internship in your own start-up company

ELE 3667 Internship in your own start-up company

Course code: 
ELE 3667
Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Course coordinator: 
Silje Katinka Jansen
Course name in Norwegian: 
Internship i egen oppstartsbedrift
Product category: 
Bachelor - Electives
2022 Spring
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Level of study: 
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Course type: 
One semester

In combination with BTH 3668 Bachelor Thesis Entrepreneurship (15 credits) this course will constitute a specialization of 30 credits. It will be stated on the diploma that it is a specialization. It applies to students on the Bachelor Programme in Business Administration, Marketing Management, Creative Industries Management and Retail Management. The course may also be chosen by other students as an elective in their third year of study.

The objective with the internship program is to give students the opportunity to combine work to scale their own start-up company, with guidance towards an academic assignment with a self-chosen curriculum towards the end of the semester. Students are given the opportunity to use theories and models they have learned to solve specific tasks in their own business, thus experiencing the relevance of their academic knowledge. At the same time, we practice in this course active application of reflection and learning systematically. The students become more aware of their own actions and patterns, and that the dialogue with the other students in the course increases the learning outcomes for the individual.

We require the start up company to be registered and consider each application individually.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge
  • Knowing your own business, industry and context
  • Have an overview of the formal management systems of the enterprise.
  • Understand how informal rules and business culture shape everyday work
Learning outcomes - Skills
  • Could apply growth methodology MIT REAP, Bill Aulet
  • 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
General Competence
  • Respect for the complexities involved in doing business.
  • Independence and responsibility.
  • Critical reflection
Course content
  • The internship phases adapted to your own business
  • 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 are defined and set up at the start, including time spent working with the term paper. The work must be done during the semester through two full workdays (a 8 hours) per week from the start of the semester and until after the last workshop. 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.

At school: 160 hours 

  • Kick-off seminar with interns and companies 
  • 6-8 mandatory workshops for students, and one term paper review session .
  • It's learning activities. 
  • Literature review/term paper (individual). 
  • Prepare oral presentation.

This is a course with continuous assessment (several exam components) and one final exam code. Each exam component is graded by using points on a scale from 0-100. The components will be weighted together according to the information in the course description in order to calculate the final letter grade for the examination code (course). Students who fail to participate in one/some/all exam elements will get a lower grade or may fail the course. You will find detailed information about the point system and the cut off points with reference to the letter grades when the course start.

At re-sit all exam components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course.

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

There is a maximum of 60 students on the course.


Higher Education Entrance Qualification


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there may be deviations in teaching and learning activities as well as exams, compared with what is described in this course description.


Information about what is taught on campus and other digital forms will be presented with the lecture plan before the start of the course each semester.

Required prerequisite knowledge

The applicant must have registered a company in the enterprise register. Candidates with an idea or wish to start a business will not be able to apply. A comprehensive assessment of all application will be made; application, motivation letter and CV. The motivation letter shall provide a professional justification for the relevance of work tasks and expected goals.

The course is only offered in Norwegian. Students must master Norwegian verbally and in writing.

Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Written submission
1 Semester(s)
Exam code: 
ELE 36671
Grading scale: 
Point scale leading to ECTS letter grade
Examination when next scheduled course
Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
20 Minute(s)
Exam code: 
ELE 36671
Grading scale: 
Point scale leading to ECTS letter grade
Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Continuous assessment
Grading scale: 
Total weight: 
Student workload
24 Hour(s)
Company visit and/or Study trip
240 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
136 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.