Get a student from Agro Business and Landscape Management as an intern
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Accepting an intern from the Agro Business and Landscape Management programme is an excellent opportunity for you and your company to team up with an Academy student who can carry out specific tasks relating to agriculture, environment and nature, and also contribute with new approaches for your company’s challenges.
By agreeing to collaborate on an internship you can get:
- additional resources dedicated to specific tasks within case work, dealing with authorities, consultancy, sampling, inspection and education
- the opportunity to test a potential future employee in real life
- the opportunity to provide a student with valuable hands-on experience.
Most Agro Business and Landscape Management students produce their final exam project for the company in continuation of their internship. The student’s project is a good opportunity for the company to, for example, go into detail with a specific issue, carry out an analysis or add resources to a project that you are in the process of developing.
These are examples of internship tasks and final exam projects:
- Inspection and monitoring
- Preliminary studies
- Case work
- Implementation and management of projects
- Participating in everyday routines
The cooperative relationship between the student and the company will of course vary from company to company. What is important is a positive and ambitious attitude towards the cooperation from both parties.
We have compiled some good advice that will help you as well, as the student, benefit as much as possible from the internship.
- The student and company must adjust expectations prior to the internship period. This involves tasks to be performed, working hours and other expectations to ensure mutually satisfactory cooperation.
- You are always welcome to contact the student’s internship counsellor at the Academy for inspiration, information or advice concerning the internship.
- The student is doing an internship in order to learn. Make sure you provide a good mixture of tasks of both a challenging and also a more routine-based nature. Some are able to handle a lot of responsibility from day one, others need a more careful dosage.
- It is recommended to associate the student with one or more contacts throughout the internship, individuals who can help guide, inspire and motivate the student.
- Think about and discuss what could be a good subject for the student’s final exam project. Some agree on the subject at an early stage, whereas others wait until they know each other a little better.
- Introduce the student to the entire company, look at the intern as a ‘fully accepted’ member of the team.
- Be proactive – talk to the student or the Academy if something is not quite as expected.
The student, the company and Business Academy Aarhus will sign an internship agreement prior to the internship.
To ensure the right match between students and companies, we have compiled a list of requirements to internship companies (pdf)
The internship lasts for two weeks in July/August upon completion of the student’s first year and for eight weeks in March/April after 1½ years of study.
As the internship is a part of the Agro Business and Landscape Management programme, your company is not obliged to pay a salary to the intern.
The internship company may provide students with grants for documented expenses associated with their internship. This could, for example, be for transport costs, insurance, a telephone or the rent. The grant can be a fixed monthly fee; the only requirement is that the costs must be documented.
The Agro Business and Landscape Management programme is a 2-year higher education Academy Profession degree programme which, among other things, qualifies the student to work within planning, organising and implementing tasks related to communication, consultancy, production and management within agriculture and related businesses. The admission requirements are upper secondary certificates or a relevant vocational education.
There are different fields of study that provides the students with specific knowledge about particular areas:
- Agro business economy
- Agro business management
- Arable production
- Cattle production
- Environmental management
- Equine production
- Horticultural production
- Landscape architecture
- Pig production
Please note that our international programme is not as broad as the Danish programme (which offers all the above fields of study) but a lot of our Danish students are interested in international internships.
If the company wishes so, the student can sign a declaration of secrecy in relation to the internship as well as the student’s final exam project.
If the internship takes place in a company in Denmark, the student is covered by the Act on Worker's Compensation (lov om arbejdsskadesikring), cf. Ministerial Order no. 937 from 26 November 2003, and by the Act on Liability for damages (lov om erstatningsansvar).
If the internship takes place in a company outside of Denmark, then it is the student’s responsibility to examine and assess whether he or she can be covered by the company’s insurance policies. In cases where the student is not covered by the company's insurance, the student must ensure that they have any necessary insurance.
If you are interested in having a student from the Agro Business and Landscape Management programme as an intern, the first thing you need to do is to send us an internship advertisement which we will forward to the students via the Academy’s intranet. Please specify in the advertisement the tasks you would like the intern to carry out and the expectations you might have in relation to the student’s competencies and personal profile.
Please send the internship advertisement to firstname.lastname@example.org.