Get a student from Business Economics and Information Technology as an intern
Extra manpower for management and quality IT usage
An internship agreement is a wonderful opportunity to resolve concrete tasks and at the same time meet a student who is almost finished their BA in Business Economics and Information Technology, and who is able to look at the company’s areas of work with a different set of eyes.
Internships are in the 6th semester, after 2 ½ years of study.
With an internship agreement you get:
- extra manpower to solve problems in at your company with business and information technology
- the opportunity to try out a prospective employee in practice
- the opportunity to provide a student with valuable practical experience.
Most students write their bachelor project for the company during their internship. A bachelor 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 you can see a few examples of tasks that an intern can do:
- Plan, execute, monitor and report findings for IT projects
- Establish the need for IT support
- Draw up requirement specifications for computer systems
- Describe and develop business processes
- Involve users
- Calculate project finances
- Draft a gap analysis
- Examine an IT portfolio’s strategic value
- Plan and participate in the testing of IT systems
- Present IT solutions for users and customers
- Describe and model data structures
- Organise an innovative course
- Participate in implementation projects
- Evaluate and improve processes
- Internal and external consultancy work
- Depending on the intern’s specialisation: program, statistical analysis, and work with SAP
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 agreement 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.
- 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 a mutually satisfactory cooperation.
- Always feel free to contact the student’s internship supervisor 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 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-fledged’ 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 January. The student can be associated with the company for 6-12 months depending on whether he/she writes their main exam project in cooperation with the company.
The students receive SU (state education grants) during the entire internship course. The company therefore has no salary costs for 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 programme is a 3 ½-year Bachelor programme, which has been developed in close collaboration with the IT industry.
The students understand a company’s way of doing business and the opportunities that information technology provides in order to support and further develop the business. These are skills that are in demand in the industry.
On their programme, the students get insight into the development of IT systems, but they also learn about finance, organisational development and leadership. This enables them to be involved in developing IT solutions that make sense from a financial, an organisational as well an IT perspective.
The programme is only offered in Danish, but many Danish students choose to take their internships with a foreign company.
Read more about the programme at www.eaaa.dk/oit (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. 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 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 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.
Send the internship advert to Internship Coordinator Anne Dorthe Lønborg Sørensen firstname.lastname@example.org. She can also help you with any questions.