ELE 3637 Internship

ELE 3637 Internship

Course code: 
ELE 3637
Communication and Culture
Course coordinator: 
Gerhard Emil Schjelderup
Benedicte Brøgger
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Product category: 
Bachelor - Electives
2020 Spring
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Course type: 
One semester

The objective with the internship program is to give students the opportunity 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 (a 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 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

Det er maks 60 plasser på kurset


Higher Education Entrance Qualification

Required prerequisite knowledge

Student 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, singature and contact details of the contact person in the company.

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Written submission
1 Semester(s)
The internship examination consists of a term paper, which is to be submitted in advance of the 4th workshop. The paper is to be submitted individually and must include:
- Reference list of 350 pages chosen literature. It is recommended to make use of liretature from previous course curricula.
- Signed confirmation letter from the internship company that the internship is completed, and an assessment of the results in relation to the learning contract.
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Grading scale: 
Point scale leading to ECTS letter grade
Examination when next scheduled course
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Form of assessment: 
30 Minute(s)
At resit it is a requirement that it submitted new project paper (count 60%), and oral presentation (count 40%).
Exam code: 
Grading scale: 
Point scale leading to ECTS letter grade
Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Continuous assessment
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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.