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Project-oriented Internship (15 ECTS)

Project-oriented Internship (15 ECTS)
Master programme in
Global Studies * / Global and Development Studies
Type of activity

Project oriented internship

Teaching language
Study regulation

Please be aware of the approval requirements for a project-oriented internship. You can read more about the approval process here

Number of participants
Responsible for the activity
Head of study
Study administration
ISE Studyadministration (ise-studyadministration@ruc.dk)
Exam code(s)
Overall objective

The project-oriented internship allows students to acquire first-hand knowledge about academic practices at the relevant labor market and tests their academic qualifications in relation to the work functions they are expected to undertake upon graduation.

The project-oriented internship consists of a stay with a relevant employer as well as internship supporting activities that in total sum to 400 hours work. The student is responsible for securing the project-oriented internship position and the practical matters associated with the internship.

The project-oriented internship must be pre-approved by the board of studies before it is started. The intern’s main tasks must be described, and they must lie within the subject area of the programme.

Detailed description of content

The learning during the internship is achieved through a mix of practical tasks, reflections on the intersection between theory and practice and through independent preparation of the internship report. The preparation of the internship project takes place under the supervision of an internship supervisor.

Course material and Reading list

Determined individually in collaboration between student and supervisor.

Overall plan and expected work effort

The student is responsible for securing an internship position and the practical matters associated with the internship. This includes ensuring that both the internship tasks at the workplace and the commitments to the university are fulfilled.

The internship must be pre-approved by the Board of Studies before the start of the internship period. The internship’s overall workload is equivalent to half a semester, approximately 400 hours (an estimated 300 hours interning for a company/organisation and approximately 100 hours of university work). The intern’s main tasks must be described, and they must lie within the subject area of the study programme

The internship project’s research question must be related to theoretical or empirical issues from the subject area of the discipline, which would be investigated during the internship. The internship project must be individually prepared and the complete written product must include:

  • An executive summary not exceeding 4,800 characters in length, including spaces. The summary must take into account the contents of the project and the significant points that a reader should be aware of.

  • A main part: including a mandatory literature review, which provides an overview of the most recent research in the academic field that the internship project deals with (i.e., a state-of-the-art literature review).

See also the description of the internship report under type of examination.

Evaluation and feedback

The activity are evaluated regularly regarding the study board evaluation procedure. The activity responsible will be orientated about a potential evaluation of the activity at semesterstart. Se link to the study board evaluation praxis here https://intra.ruc.dk/nc/for-ansatte/organisering/raadnaevn- og-udvalg/oversigt-over-studienaevn/studienaevn-for-internationale-studier/arbejdet-medkvalitet- i-uddannelserne/


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Overall learning outcomes

  • Having competed an internship, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate empirical knowledge of societal subject matters relevant for the host, particularly regarding the subject matter the student chooses to analyse in the assignments for the university.

  • critically reflect on how the host organisation functions internally, and how it has organised its tasks, procedures, and decision-making processes that the student has been involved in

  • combine academic insights (theories, methods, approaches) from the programme and use these to solve practical issues and tasks for the host.

  • argue for the selection of academic literature to shed light on a chosen problem area.

  • plan, complete, and deliver concreted tasks commissioned by the internship host.

  • work analytical with empirical data

  • independently plan and complete deliverables for the university, while working also for the host

  • take responsibility and act professionally within the working community

Form of examination
Oral exam based on project oriented internship.

The character limit of the written product is: 26,400-45,600 characters, including spaces.
The character limits include the cover, table of contents, bibliography, figures and other illustrations, but exclude any appendices.

Time allowed for exam including time used for assessment: 30 minutes.

The assessment is an assessment of the written product and the oral performance.
Writing and spelling skills in the report are part of the assessment.

Permitted support and preparation materials for the oral exam: All.

Assessment: 7-point grading scale.
Moderation: Internal co-assessor.
Form of Re-examination
Samme som ordinær eksamen / same form as ordinary exam
Type of examination in special cases
Examination and assessment criteria

The internship project and any supplementing materials form the basis of the oral exam. The exam includes an individual presentation (max 5 min) on an aspect of the internship project. Presentations are followed by a discussion between the student and the examiners. Any questions relevant to the theme of the project can be asked during the oral exam.

The program’s study regulations specify the formal requirements regarding the content and length of the project and length of the project exam.

Assessment criteria:

Assessment consists of a joint assessment of the written product and the oral exam.

Internship Project - high emphasis is put on the ability to:

• identify relevant actors and their roles involved in the specific sector that the internship takes place

• analyze systematically the collected data and substantiate answers to the project’s questions with clear reference to the analysis

• appraise critically chosen scientific literature and examine and discuss the contributions and implications of project’s findings for this field of study

• develop practice-oriented recommendations based on the project’s results.

Writing and spelling skills in the project report are part of the assessment

Oral exam - high emphasis is put on the ability to:

• assess critically the design of the study in its entirety and its implications

• reflect critically on the study’s findings in relation to the existing state of research

• discuss the implications of the project’s results for policy and practice.

Exam code(s)
Exam code(s) : U60125
Last changed 13/10/2023

lecture list:

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Tuesday 20-12-2022 10:00 - 20-12-2022 10:00 in week 51
Project-oriented Internship (15 ECTS) - Project hand-in (GS, IDS, GADS)

Monday 02-01-2023 08:00 - Tuesday 31-01-2023 18:00 in week 01 to week 05
Project-oriented Internship (15 ECTS) - Oral exam (GS, IDS, GADS)

Wednesday 01-02-2023 08:00 - Tuesday 28-02-2023 18:00 in week 05 to week 09
Project-oriented Internship (15 ECTS) - Oral reexam (GS, IDS, GADS)