GRA 3168 Internship for MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

GRA 3168 Internship for MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Course code: 
GRA 3168
Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Course coordinator: 
Sheryl Winston Smith
Rolv Petter Storvik Amdam
Silje Katinka Jansen
Course name in Norwegian: 
Internship for MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Product category: 
MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
2020 Autumn
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One semester

The internship is an opportunity to work full-time at a large corporation, a scale-up or a start-up during the studies. As a participant in the internship program, you have been selected to work at a specific company based on both what the company is seeking and your choice of path. The internship will give you valuable insights in real-world challenges in topics within your chosen track, and should help you in applying your academic learning towards meeting entrepreneurial innovation challenges and opportunities.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge
  • Knowledge of key practical dilemmas of the everyday work in the company
  • Knowledge of the formal management systems in the company
  • Knowledge of the structure, networks and organization of innovation
  • Knowledge of processes and details of intellectual property, financing and other facets associated with innovation
Learning outcomes - Skills
  • Ability to define and execute tasks under conditions of uncertainty and change associated with innovation
  • Ability to support suggestions for practical solutions with academically sound analysis.
  • Ability to collaborate and to work in teams
  • Ability to implement an entrepreneurial mindset across a variety of settings
General Competence
  • Learn to think critically and focus on essential aspects of innovation
  • Develop an understanding of the complexities of mobilizing an organization and stakeholders for innovation
  • Openness to ideas from a variety of perspectives
Course content

Students will work in a selected company and the tasks are assigned by each company. The project should be focused on entrepreneurship and/or innovation related targets either in the context of a young/small venture that is scaling up, or in a corporate context that is focused on entrepreneurship/innovation.  By the end of the internship the student will write a paper related to the internship. Each student is entitled to a maximum of three hour’s supervision.

As part of this course, it is compulsory to participate in an employability course. 

The internship may be paid or unpaid.  

Teaching and learning activities

The duration of the internship is a minimum of 10 weeks (400 hours), full-time. The internship will have to be completed by the end of week 43. A completed and an approved internship will give 18 ECTS credits.

Students must attend work as agreed upon with the company they are assigned to. Towards the end of/after the internship, they will write a reflection note and prepare a presentation.


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.


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.

Required prerequisite knowledge

Participation requires that you have no pending courses and that you secure your own internship. See the student portal for detailed practical information.

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In the oral presentation, the student is expected to: 1) present general information about the company and the department that (s)he was assigned to, as well as the overall professional experience gained, 2) present specific outcomes related to the data-related internship project, and answer questions that demonstrate the ability to relate the internship experience with the academic knowledge acquired during the programme.
Both parts of the exam must be passed in order to obtain a final grade of pass in the course.
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Examination next semester, thereafter when next scheduled course
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Written submission
1 Semester(s)
Reflection note:
The reflection note (max 10 pages) should cover the following:
1) A description of what you did during the internship.
2) A reflection on your experiences.
The latter includes answers to questions like how did the internship affect your personal growth, what was useful (and what was not), how did the internship connect to your studies, and how did you grow professionally?
Students submit a company evaluation together with their paper.

Both parts of the exam must be passed in order to obtain a final grade of pass in the course.
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Examination next semester, thereafter when next scheduled course
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Ordinary examination
All exams must be passed to get a grade in this course.
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A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore acourse of 18 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 480 hours.