GRA 6148 Internship for MSc in Digital Communication Management

GRA 6148 Internship for MSc in Digital Communication Management

Course code: 
GRA 6148
Department: 
Communication and Culture
Credits: 
12
Course coordinator: 
Suzanne van Gils
Benedicte Brøgger
Course name in Norwegian: 
Internship for MSc in Digital Communication Management
Product category: 
Master
Portfolio: 
MSc in Digital Communication Management
Semester: 
2023 Autumn
Active status: 
Active
Level of study: 
Master
Teaching language: 
English
Course type: 
One semester
Introduction

BI Internship is an opportunity to work full-time in a company/organization as a part of your studies.  BI Internship provides the opportunity to gain practical experience in your particular field of study. It will give you valuable insights in real-world situations and helps you in applying your academic learning to manage digital communication challenges and opportunities.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge
  • Knowledge of the formal and informal management systems that affect digital communication patterns in the company.
  • Knowledge of the structure, networks and organization of the communication industry.
  • Knowledge of processes and details of communication technologies, intellectual property, and other facets associated with digital communication.
  • Understand societal, cultural, and relational management dilemmas through a communicative and interactional lens.
Learning outcomes - Skills
  • Solve communication problems in an evidence-based and data-driven manner and formulate corresponding communication propositions.
  • Synthesize internal and external interaction processes into managerial decisions to create effective ways of communicating.
  • Ability to collaborate and to work in teams.
  • Be able to apply and to deal critically with theories in the field of communication and business management, across cultures and internationally.
  • Can analyze existing relational, interactional and design theories, methods, and interpretations and work independently on practical and theoretical communication management challenges.
  • Can synthesize internal and external interaction processes into managerial decisions to create effective ways of working and communicating in a network economy.
General Competence
  • Apply ethical reasoning in a complex and challenging business environment and help their company navigate through social and ecological dilemmas.
  • Communicate about academic and practical issues in the field of communication and business management, with both specialists and the general public.
  • Can contribute with knowledge and skills acquired from communication disciplines in new areas.
  • Develop forward-thinking, creative capabilities, and data-driven reasoning.
Course content

Students will work in a company of their choice on tasks that are agreed with the company and specified in the learning contract. The work should be focused on digital communication related tasks either in the context of a social media/communication technology department or similar unit, or in a corporate context that is focused on digital communication.

Teaching and learning activities

Students will work full time for 8 weeks (320 hours) in a company or organization. The internship will have to be completed by the end of week 41. The internship may be paid or unpaid, but please note that there is no tradition in Norway for credit-bearing internships to be paid.

The student must attend work as agreed.

In addition to completing the agreed work in the company, students are expected to participate in the following activities:

  • Individual supervision – up to 3 hours
  • Internship kick-off session – up to 1 hour
  • Term paper guidance session – up to 1 hour
  • Reflection seminar – up to 4 hours

No software tools are required. Students are encouraged to expand their knowledge of commonly used tools during the internship.

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.

Software tools
Software defined under the section "Teaching and learning activities".
Additional information

A reading list with recommended literature for the term paper will be distributed by the start of the course, but the students are free to choose their own literature for discussions in the paper as long as it is directly relevant for digital communication management.

Qualifications

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.

Disclaimer

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

Required prerequisite knowledge

To be accepted for an internship, you may have no more than one pending subject. Note that in order to get a BI Internship approved as part of the degree, you need to apply according to BI’s procedures and submit a valid Learning Contract by the application deadline. You must also pass a mandatory online employability course before applying. The course will give you tools to help you land an internship.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Activity
Form of assessment:
Presentation
Exam code:
GRA 61481
Grading scale:
Pass/fail
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Resit:
Examination next semester, thereafter when next scheduled course
50No -Individual The student is required to give an oral, public presentation of the experiences and learning from the internship
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA 61482
Grading scale:
Pass/fail
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
Examination next semester, thereafter when next scheduled course
50No1 Semester(s)Individual To complete the internship, students will write a term paper, including a reflection note. The paper shall include description of company/organization and work tasks. The paper should center on digital communication management questions encountered during the internship. Students shall provide a theory based answer to the questions, as well as a critical discussion of the (limits of the) theories used. The reflection note should be an appendix to the term paper (1-2 pages). The reflection note should cover insights from the internship that were useful, personally, professionally, and academically to the student. 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.
Exams:
Exam category:Activity
Form of assessment:Presentation
Weight:50
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration: -
Comment:The student is required to give an oral, public presentation of the experiences and learning from the internship
Exam code:GRA 61481
Grading scale:Pass/fail
Resit:Examination next semester, thereafter when next scheduled course
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:50
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration:1 Semester(s)
Comment:To complete the internship, students will write a term paper, including a reflection note. The paper shall include description of company/organization and work tasks. The paper should center on digital communication management questions encountered during the internship. Students shall provide a theory based answer to the questions, as well as a critical discussion of the (limits of the) theories used. The reflection note should be an appendix to the term paper (1-2 pages). The reflection note should cover insights from the internship that were useful, personally, professionally, and academically to the student. 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.
Exam code:GRA 61482
Grading scale:Pass/fail
Resit:Examination next semester, thereafter when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
All exams must be passed to get a grade in this course.
Total weight: 
100
Student workload
ActivityDurationComment
Feedback activities and counselling
9 Hour(s)
• Individual supervision – up to 3 hours
• Internship kick-off session – up to 1 hour
• Term paper guidance session – up to 1 hour
• Reflection seminar – up to 4 hours

Company visit and/or Study trip
320 Hour(s)
Work in company
Sum workload: 
329

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 12 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 320 hours.