International students do get internships in Danish companies

Eight out of ten international students from Business Academy Aarhus’ Bachelor programme in International Sales and Marketing Management are doing their internships in Danish companies at the moment. Good Danish skills are the reason, says an Internship Coordinator.

From August to December, Polish Honorata Rajewska will be doing her internship as a sales assistant at the textile company Contrast in Højberg.

14 other international students from the Bachelor programme in International Sales and Marketing Management at Business Academy Aarhus, are, like Honorata, doing an internship in a Danish company as part of their 3rd semester.

‘I feel very lucky to have gotten the internship here, but I’ve also worked hard for it,’ says the 28-year-old Pole who has lived and studied in Denmark for three years.

Just learn Danish!

That so many international students have succeeded in obtaining internships in Danish companies is due to their diligence in learning Danish says internship co-ordinator Torben Ibsen Uldall Sørensen from Business Academy Aarhus.

‘They got their internships, because they’ve learnt to speak Danish. They have not been afraid to speak Danish with each other during the breaks. And all the lecturers have also encouraged them to speak Danish with each other,’ says Torben Ibsen Uldall Sørensen, who is overjoyed with so many international students getting an intern in a Danish company.

An internship opens up the job market.

‘Many of them would like to stay and work in Denmark. As an educational institution, we want this too, so that they can contribute to growth and our society.’

Opening new markets

At Contrast in Højbjerg, the Key Account Coordinator Helle Bismuth see obvious advantages in having international students such as Honorata Rajewska as an intern.

The company has had several international interns. One of them was subsequently employed on a full-time contract. Right now the company has, in addition to Honorata from Poland, an intern from Lithuania as well.

‘We have several customers on the Polish market, so it’s definitely an advantage with someone who can talk Polish. Of course, it is also a big plus, if the intern, besides their mother tongue, also speaks Danish,’ she says.

From an internship agreement to an employment contract

Honorata Rajewska is also happy. She got the internship agreement after 30 applications and two job interviews.

‘Precisely the internship was the reason that I chose to do my educational training in Denmark. I learn best through ‘learning by doing’. The atmosphere in the company is good, and I look forward to going to work every day. My co-workers are nice, helpful and incredibly patient. I hope that I can change the internship into a permanent job,’ says the upcoming Bachelor in International Sales and Marketing Management.  

Danish Mobilescene A/S, Multiform A/S and Asia Corp are just some of the companies that have a foreign student from Business Academy Aarhus as an intern.