GRA 2264 BI Flex Internship

GRA 2264 BI Flex Internship

Course code: 
GRA 2264
Accounting and Operations Management
Course coordinator: 
Janicke Rasmussen
Course name in Norwegian: 
BI Flex Internship
Product category: 
MSc in Business - Elective course
2024 Autumn
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Course type: 
One semester

The BI Flex Internship is available for students in the following programmes:
1) MSc in Business
2) MSc in Strategic Marketing Management
3) MSc in Applied Economics
4) MSc in Leadership and Organisational Psychology
5) MSc in Law and Business
6) MSc in Digital Communication Management

The BI Flex internship is an opportunity to work abroad or in Norway over a suitable period. The intern is responsible for finding the internship, where he/she would work at a specific company/ organisation, based on the student’s own interests. This internship can be full-time (minimum 4 weeks) or part-time (minimum 150 hours), and it can be combined with exchange, electives or summer school.

The internship will give you valuable insights in real-world challenges, and should help you in setting your academic learning in perspective. The internship must be approved in advance by BI (via Experiential learning, BI Internship).

If you combine BI Flex Internship and Exchange, the internship must be finished before teaching semester starts at the institution abroad.

The BI Flex Internship cannot be combined with other programme specific Internship courses.

NB. In order for the BI Flex internship to be included in the student's diploma, approval must be sought in advance from BI (via Experiential learning, BI Internship).

A completed and approved internship will give 6 ECTS credits.

For further information about the application process, links to the Learning Contract and the Career Portal where BI Internship positions are posted, and relevant dates/resources regarding the BI Internship course, please visit the Student Portal.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

At the end of the internship, the student should be able to grasp the specific challenges faced by the company/organization in creating value, relate academic knowledge and learn how to collaborate in offering solutions and creating new opportunities.

The student at the end of the internship is expected to acquire understanding as to

  • the practical issues and dilemmas faced by the company/organization on a daily basis
  • the value chain and the competitive edge of the company/organization
  • the management system and organizational structure of the company/organisation, and
  • the time and efficiency constraints imposed by competition
Learning outcomes - Skills

The student at the end of the internship is expected to acquire skills in relation to

  • defining and executing tasks under conditions of uncertainty, change and time pressure
  • supporting suggestions for practical solutions with sound argumentation and academic analysis
  • applying theoretical and technical knowledge to specific tasks and problems, and
  • collaborating and working in teams
General Competence

The student, at the end of the internship, should

  • reflect on the complexity of the work environment, the market forces that drive businesses and how companies create value in view of new opportunities, innovation and growth.
  • learn how to combine practical with theoretical knowledge in relation to problems, challenges, and improving efficiency.
Course content

By the end of the internship the student will write a paper related to the internship. Each student is entitled to a maximum of 1.5 hours supervision on the term paper.

As part of this course, it is compulsory to participate in a "Prepare for work and career" course, and you are encouraged to take part in the reflection seminar offered to our students, as it will give you valuable input and tools you can use during and after your internship with regards to reflection.

Teaching and learning activities

This internship can be full-time (minimum 4 weeks) or part-time (minimum 150 hours). The evaluation will be based on an individual internship report, which has to include:

1. A termpaper, and

2. Your company/internship superviors evaluation of your performance

 The length of the term paper should be between 10 – 15 pages, following the standard BI format. 

The principal aim of the termpaper is to show the student's reflections on what was learned from the internship and the practices encountered, in relation to the knowledge the student acquired during the MSc studies. More specific guidelines on how to write the paper will be provided at the beginning of the course, but in general they should include:

  • general information about the company/organisation and the department that the student was assigned to,
  • reflections on the overall professional experience
  • information about the internship position and the work assignments
  • reflections on the experience in relation to the academic knowledge acquired during the programme
  • theories, methods, knowledge or skills acquired in the programme that were useful in carrying out the internship tasks
  • evaluation of the student's strengths and weaknesses in doing the internship, as well as useful lessons for the student's future career.
Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

All courses in the Masters programme will assume that students have fulfilled the admission requirements for the programme. In addition, courses in second, third and/or fourth semester can have specific prerequisites and will assume that students have followed normal study progression. For double degree and exchange students, please note that equivalent courses are accepted.


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

Required prerequisite knowledge

Participation requires that you have no more than one pending course from your first semester and that your internship does not interfere with any resit exams. You must secure your own internship. See the student portal for detailed practical information.

Exam category: 
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Submission PDF
Exam/hand-in semester: 
First Semester
1 Semester(s)
A report describing the work, students’ own reflection and the evaluation from the company/organisation or university.

6 ECTS credits are awarded.
Exam code: 
GRA 22641
Grading scale: 
Examination next semester, thereafter when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
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A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 6 ECTS credits corresponds to a workload of at least 160 hours.