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This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

If suitable to their study profile and course portfolio, program students in either Bachelor or Master of Science in Business Administration may do an internship in a company or public organization. This internship is an excellent opportunity to experience the practical challenges in a real work environment, while at same time reflecting on how practice and theory combine.

Businesses that offer Internship will be presented to the students. Students can also find a suitable internship organization. Internship is limited to 15 bachelor and 15 master students. The final selection depends on an assessment of student qualifications and match between students and internship organizations.

Learning outcome

On completion of the course, you will have acquired knowledge to be able to:
  • Reflect on differences between practice and theory in business administration.

On completion of the course, you will have acquired skills to be able to:
  • Identify a business administration topic to be studied in the internship organization.
  • Apply a theoretical framework suitable to analyse this topic and derive at possible improvements.
  • Write an academic report, which combines theory and practice.


For a 10 credit internship, the minimum time spent with an organization is 150 working hours.The aim of the internship course is to facilitate increased in-depth learning within a selected field of business administration. By applying theoretical knowledge to practical experiences, this internship course provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the variations between theory and practice and the value of combining them to gain valuable knowledge and skills for a career in business administration.
Students must be enrolled in the internship course before they can start an internship.
Students must fulfill these requirements for the internship:
1. The internship and workplace have to be approved by the course teacher.
2. A contact person (mentor) in the internship organization has to be approved.
3. Participate in a startup seminar before the internship.
4. All mandatory tasks have to be approved.
Other information
The credits from this course can be used as elective credits and can be included in the Major, depending on the course portfolio.
The internship cannot substitute neither be included in a thesis. However, it is an excellent opportunity to explore an area for a thesis in the following semester.

Required prerequisite knowledge

Completed first two years of Bachelor in Business Administration, or completed first year of Master of Science in Business Administration.


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Report1/1 Pass - Fail
An internship report: During the internship, each student must write a report with the aim of analysing and generating new insights related to the selected topic. To facilitate a relevant frame of reference and thorough analyses, students should identify and study research-based literature approved by the internship teacher.
The report should be 3000 words long (excluding references and appendix) and contain the following:
1) Introduction that presents the topic and questions in focus during your internship.
2) A summary of previous and relevant research (based on the literature requirements).
3) Presentation of observations/experiences/discussions in practice combined with critical discussion and analyses. The field notes should be the basis for this chapter.
4) Conclusions and recommendations for theory and practice.
5) List of references.
6) Appendix 1: Description of the internship organization.
7) Appendix 2: Description of the work conducted in the organization.
The report is graded Pass - Fail

Coursework requirements

To fulfill the academic requirements of the internship, each student should submit the following reports:
Field note reflections: During the time of the internship, each student must take field notes about specific things they observe or experience related to the chosen topic. Drawing on these field notes students should reflect on how practice mirrors what they have studied in previous courses. Students should submit two such reflections to their internship teacher during the internship.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Ragnar Tveterås
Course teacher
Aslaug Mikkelsen

Method of work

Open to

Business Administration - Bachelor's Degree Programme

Course assessment

Students will have the opportunity to give feedback on the course first in an early dialogue, and then in a written course evaluation at the end of the course.


Literatur will be published as soon as it has been prepared by the course coordinator/teacher

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 18.09.2020