Get a student from the Innovation and Entrepreneurship programme as an intern
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Accepting a student from the Bachelor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship programme as an intern is an excellent opportunity for you and your company to team up with a student who is close to graduating and is trained to plan and carry out tasks relating to innovation and business development.
By agreeing to collaborate about an internship you can get:
- Additional resources dedicated to solving development tasks within the company
- The opportunity to test a potential future employee in real life
- The opportunity to provide a student with valuable hands-on experience.
Most students produce their final Bachelor’s project for the company in continuation of the internship. The student’s project is a good opportunity for the company to, for example, look in detail at a specific issue, carry out an analysis or add resources to an existing development project.
The following are examples of internship tasks and Bachelor’s projects:
- Participation in development projects
- Identification and analysis of new business opportunities
- Development of new products and markets
- Planning and implementation of new organisational structures
- Development and optimisation of innovative processes
- Organisation and planning
- Planning and implementation of marketing activities
- Sparring partner for management in connection with innovation
- Participation in general day-to-day tasks.
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 for 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 a mutually satisfying 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 doing an internship in order to learn. Make sure you provide a good mixture of tasks which are both challenging and also 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 a good subject for the student’s final exam project could be. 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 and 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 starts in the beginning of August and lasts between three and six months.
As the internship is a part of the Bachelor’s degree programme in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the company is not obliged to pay the intern a salary.
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 Bachelor’s degree programme in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is an 18 months top-up programme based on a broad range of AP degree programmes such as the programmes in Multimedia Design and Communication or Marketing Management.
The programme qualifies the student to work with creative and innovative processes, create growth in established and new companies and use tools to manage development projects.
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 Innovation and Entrepreneurship 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.