Project-oriented student internships at your workplace
Students at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies have the opportunity to do an academic internship in which they carry out projects or tasks for a company, organisation or public authority. An academic internship is a way for the students to test and develop their academic skills by completing specific tasks. During the internship the student will have two supervisors: one from the company and one at the University. The student completes the internship with a written exam in the form of a portfolio exam.
Towards the end of the internship, the internship site must produce an internship certificate to document that the internship has been completed as stipulated in the internship contract and a brief evaluation. This internship certificate is a required for the student to pass the portfolio exam.
In an internship, the student can carry out defined projects or tasks. The student can provide general academic assistance, for example in relation to organisation, communication, analysis and marketing.
The student can also offer subject-specific skills from their specific degree programme: Art History, Comparative Literature, Modern Culture and Cultural Dissemination, Musicology, Theatre and Performance Studies, or Visual Culture.
Academic internships usually take place between September-January or February-June, depending on what is agreed between the student and the organisation.
An academic internship may not prolong the student’s prescribed period of study. To ensure that the student’s internship period is long enough to allow them to participate in completing relevant tasks, the required length of the internship is 350-500 hours, divided over a maximum of five months. Depending on what is agreed between the student and the workplace, these hours can be used in a short period or divided over the whole semester, with fewer hours spent on the internship per week.
The maximum weekly working time is 30 hours. This is to ensure that the student has one day a week to study at the University, when she can take classes in another course and take part in the two or three University workshops that accompany the internship.
- Write an internship advertisement: Briefly describe your company, the specific projects/tasks involved and what skills you are looking for among the students. If you wish, include an application deadline and a contact person.
- Post the advertisement: You can post the advertisement in the Facebook group ‘Praktik- og jobopslag for IKK-studerende’ (‘Internship and job advertisements for students at the Department of Arts and Culture’). You can also share it more widely by using UCPH Projects and Jobs. Ideally, post your advertisement in April (for internships starting in September) or October (for internships starting in February). You can also advertise the internship via other relevant channels such as networks or social media.
- Sign a contract with a student: When you have found the right student, you agree on the terms of the internship and enter into a contract. In collaboration with the company, the student must ensure that the contract meets the requirements and academic objectives set out in the curriculum, as well as the rules on academic internships. The student must submit the contract to the department for approval no later than 20 August/20 January. The head of studies must then approve the contract before the internship can begin.
- Supervision of the student: During the internship, the supervisor in the organisation must ensure that the student receives guidance and feedback. In addition, the student must be included in the company’s daily operations and have access to the normal physical workplace facilities, such as a computer, the internet and a desk.