Get a student from Automation Engineering as an intern
Energise the development and optimisation of your automated facilities
An internship agreement is a wonderful opportunity to resolve concrete tasks and at the same time meet an almost educated automation engineer who is able to look at the company’s areas of work with a different set of eyes. Internships are in the fourth semester, after 1 ½ years of study.
With an internship agreement you get:
- more energy to resolve development and optimisation tasks within complex automation
- the opportunity to try out a prospective employee in practice
- the opportunity to provide a student with valuable practical experience.
Most automation engineers write their main exam project for the company during their internship. The exam project is a good opportunity for the company to clarify a particular area e.g., implement a specific analysis or get extra resources for a current development task.
Here are some examples of internship assignments and main exam projects:
- optimisation of existing facilities
- innovation within project tasks
- setting-up of automation networks
- construction of PLC/Scada applications
- construction of and implementation of robots
- set-up and data logging for databases
- preparation of electrical documentation
- set-up of solutions for prototype work
In addition to this, the intern can help with other miscellaneous tasks and should be included in the department’s regular daily 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 to benefit as much as possible from the internship.
- Student and company adjust expectations prior to the internship period. This involves tasks to be performed, working hours and other expectations to ensure mutually satisfactory cooperation.
- Always feel free to contact the student’s internship counsellor at the Academy for inspiration, information or advice concerning the internship.
- The student is completing 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 link the student to 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 period begins in August.
The student can be associated with the company for 3-5 months depending on whether he/she is writing their main exam project in cooperation with the company.
Internships are in the fourth semester, after 1 ½ years of study.
As the internship is a part of the Automation Engineering 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.
Automation Engineering is a 2-year AP degree programme, where students learn about automated facilities, programming of robots and servo and PLC systems.
As an automation engineer, you help with the development of automated facilities. You are able to interpret the appropriate documentation from the concept/requirements specification, and you can prepare documentation for an automated facility/system in consultation with a customer and suppliers. You can independently or in cooperation with designers/engineers understand the development and installation. The development will be at the system level, which means that you can select the optimal hardware solution and develop software – ranging from PLC to PC to robots and servo systems.
The programme is offered in cooperation with the Aarhus School of Marine and Technical Engineering.
Read more about the programme (only in Danish)
If the company wishes it, 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. executive 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 polcicies. 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 Automotive Technology programme as an intern, the first thing you need to do is to send an internship advertisement to us 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 the Internship Coordinator at the Aarhus School of Marine and Technical Engineering, Trine Schmelling on: email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +45 4183 8913.