Internship at Danish Agro crowned the best of the year

From start to finish, Danish Agro has provided intern Michelle Nielsen with an optimal framework for contributing and growing professionally and personally. This ensures that they are Business Academy Aarhus’ best internship company for 2021

It was a clearly enthusiastic Michelle Nielsen who, together with her internship company Danish Agro, was awarded Business Academy Aarhus’ best internship award for 2021.

Michelle was one of many students who nominated her internship company for the prize in spring.

The jury has no doubt that Danish Agro has given the 23-year-old Agro Business and Landscape Management student and former farmer an exceptionally good internship. This programme is only available in Danish.

More than just an internship

The jury justified their choice of Danish Agro, stating that this internship period was the best for all parameters. From the beginning, a good match between the intern and the company.

‘Michelle has developed incredibly, both professionally and personally and been able to use her knowledge. Danish Agro has utilised the whole person and supported and challenged Michelle in all the right ways. Therefore, the jury had no doubt that this internship match deserves to win,’ says Anders Hyldborg, CEO, BoligPortal (last year’s winner) and part of the jury.

Tons of success

At Danish Agro, Europe’s largest commodity company, Michelle Nielsen has sold lard, prepared leaflets and advised farmers on feed, udder development and ear ulcers. She has also started an experiment on a large scale concerned with the litter growth of piglets.

In the experiment - which includes data from an 80-page Excel sheet - Michelle uncovers what affects litter growth in relation to different types of feed for piglets and the sow. A project that can have an impact on the entire industry.

‘Before the internship started, one of my weaknesses was production economics and statistics. Today they have become a strength. Mathematically, I have really learnt a lot. But, I have also become much wiser about sales and sales psychology,’ she says.

Proud of the prize

For a number of years, Danish Agro has worked purposefully to make itself attractive to interns by ensuring them a proper framework. According to Area Manager Per Hoffmann Jensen, the internship award is a sign that this effort has borne fruit.

‘We are thrilled and grateful for this recognition,’ he says. 

The four other nominated companies

Salling Group with Peter Søgård Jensen, studying our Bachelor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Okkara with Jens Fredsø Kold, studying Food Technology and Application

No Zebra with Kristjana Jónsdóttir, studying our Bachelor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

And last but not least: Uhrenholt with Lewis Paterson studying Financial management and Services

Facts about this year's best internship award

Every year, more than 2,000 students from Business Academy Aarhus experience an internship. An internship is compulsory on all of Business Academy Aarhus’ higher education programmes.

The crowning of this year’s best internship at Business Academy Aarhus pays tribute to the importance of good internships and at the same time allows the students to give something back to their internship company.

Must compete against seven other good internship experiences

Danish Agro and Michelle Nielsen will now represent Business Academy Aarhus at the nationwide final, where her internship will compete against the winners from the country’s seven other business academies.

The country’s best internship will be crowned at a fabulous awards ceremony on Monday 10 May 2021. The event is unfortunately limited to only a few physical guests, but will also be live-streamed to about 150 invited guests.

Students from Business Academy Aarhus have won the nationwide best internship award three times - in 2016, in 2018 and in 2019.