EY Aarhus wins Denmark’s best internship company

EY Aarhus and intern Daniel Vistisen from Business Academy Aarhus are triumphant after competing against the eight other internship companies at a gala event in Billund.

170 spectators sat on the edge of their seats in Lego House in Billund, when the announcement was made naming the one company that has given their intern the best internship experience.

And the winner is …

‘It is absolutely fantastic. And I’m very happy,’ was the reaction from the prizewinner Daniel Vistisen, who received the winner’s diploma, flowers, five tickets for Lego House as well as five nights at a hotel.

Daniel brought his manager Peter Bække Jensen, EY colleague Casper Jespersen and his day-to-day manager Jonas Kristiansen from EY to the award ceremony.

‘The award means everything to us. Daniel is our first intern from the Financial Management and Services Bachelor programme. He will definitely not be the last. It has opened our eyes to what an intern from Business Academy Aarhus can contribute with,’ says manager Peter Bække Jensen from EY Aarhus.

Daniel is still working as a student for the group.  After finishing his degree programme, his student job will probably be converted to a permanent paycheck and a business card with the title accountant trainee in EY.

Aarhus has won before

This is the 3rd time the prize has been awarded. A Marketing Management student from Business Academy Aarhus and Dansk Supermarked Group won first prize in 2016. And in 2017, another Financial Management and Services student from Business Academy Aarhus and Aros Insurance won third place. And this year, Aarhus was once again back at the top of the podium when Christine Antorini as jury chairman presented the award.

The next time the prize will be awarded will be in the spring of 2019.

From 415 nominations and nine finalists to one winner

The 170 members of the audience came from Copenhagen, Zealand, Jutland and Funen as well as Ireland and Portugal to cheer for their own candidate – and but also to see the competition in action.

Before the grand finale, all business academies held their own local competitions to find the best candidate for the academic year 2017/2018. This year 415 students nominated their internship company and nine finalists were chosen for the final.

A tribute to the business community

Michael Rugaard is the head of the secretariat for the Danish Business Academies. He calls the prize an accolade for companies.

‘We salute the business community with this award. There are companies that do their best every day to ensure that our students have a beneficial internship. You could say that it is our way to say thank you.’

Internships open the doors to a job

11,212 students from business academies have done an internship within the last year. This strengthens cooperation with companies and increases the students possibility of getting a job. Danish Business Academies estimate that approximately 25% of the  business academies’ internships lead to a job.

Denmark's second and third best internships

2nd place went to Autohuset Vestergaard and a a Web Development student Stine Hummelgaard from International Business Academy in Kolding. 3rd place went to the Portuguese shoe manufacturer Vercesa and their Danish intern Cecilie Marie Nørgård, who has just graduated from Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Business Academy Midwest.

As something new this year, there was also an audience award. This went to environmental and engineering company DGE and  the Environmental Management student Simon Ravn Petersen from Zealand Institute of Business and Technology in Slagelse. 

The panel of judges:

  • Christine Antorini (Social Democrat), Chairman for parliaments education and research committee
  • Charlotte Lundblad, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Danish Business Academies
  • Jesper Vilstrup, Director of LEGO House
  • Lone Engberg Thomsen, Chairman for the Danish Association of Professional Technicians
  • Frank Faurholt, Sales Director at Siemens and Chairman for  the Danish Automation Society

The other finalists were

  • Skive Municipality, Culture and Leisure – nominated by Danica Luna Dideriksen, International Hospitality Management, Dania in Randers.
  • Vercesa, shoe manufacturer, Portugal – nominated by Cecilie Marie Nørgård, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Business Academy Midwest.
  • Technological Institute – nominated by Jesper Balslev, Computer Science student, Lillebælt Academy of Professional Higher Education.
  • Architect company O'Mahony Pike in Dublin, Ireland, nominated by Kasper Miller, Building Constructor, Copenhagen School of Design and Technology (KEA).
  • Myprotein in Northwich, England – nominated by Mikkel Borup, Marketing Management student, Business Academy Southwest.
  • Start-up tech company RentSafe – nominated by Emil Buch from Innovation and entrepreneurship, Cph Business.

About the business academies

The business academies are scattered throughout the country and offer short and medium-term higher education programmes. With 30,500 full-time students, our programmes are very popular with potential students.