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Internship (MSB207)

If relevant to their study profile and course portfolio, program students in the Master of Science in Business Administration may take an internship in a company or public organization. An internship is an excellent opportunity to experience the practical challenges in a real work environment while reflecting on how to combine practice and theory.

The MSB207 Internship is available for interested students who fulfill the requirements. Students are responsible for contacting and obtaining relevant placement in a private company, public organization, or other types of organizations for their internship. Some organizations may offer vacant internship positions mediated through the UiS Business School or the UiS "oppgave/arbeidslivsportal" (The external collaboration portal).


Course description for study year 2022-2023

Facts
Course code

MSB207

Version

1

Credits (ECTS)

10

Semester tution start

Autumn

Number of semesters

1

Exam semester

Autumn

Language of instruction

English

Content

The internship course aims to facilitate increased in-depth learning in selected fields of business administration. By applying theoretical knowledge to practical experiences, the internship course provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the differences between theory and practice and the value of combining them to gain valuable knowledge and skills for a business administration career.

The students must complete 150 working hours in a company or organization in an internship position divided over a 10- to 13-week period in the autumn semester, starting in September and ending no later than December.

The students must participate in a mandatory pre-internship seminar during the first week before the start of their internship.

During their internship, each student should take field notes about specific issues they observe or experience. Drawing on these field notes, students should reflect on their internship, including (1) their attitudes, skills, and deliverables, (2) and resources of and interaction with the host organization.

The course is elective. The internship cannot be a substitute for or be included in a master thesis. However, it represents an excellent opportunity to explore a topic for a thesis in the following semester.

Students must be enrolled in the internship course before they can start an internship work placement.

Learning outcome

KNOWLEDGE

On completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Reflect on differences between practice and theory in business administration.

SKILLS

On completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Carry out diverse business admin work tasks
  • Identify a business administration topic to practice and study in the internship organization.
  • Apply a theoretical framework, analyze this topic and suggest improvements.
  • Combine theory and practice and provide new and valuable knowledge for a public or private organization.
Required prerequisite knowledge
Completed first year of the Master of Science in Business Administration confirmed by September 1 in the internship semester.
Exam
Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Report 1/1 Passed / Not Passed

An internship report: During the internship, each student must write a report with the aim of generating new knowledge for the host organization related to the selected topic. To facilitate a relevant frame of reference and thorough analyses, students should identify and study relevant literature that can provide analytical tools and empirical knowledge.The report should be no more than 3000 words (excluding references and appendices) and contain the following:1. Introduction to the topic and tasks for the host organization.2. A summary of relevant literature and other types of information that formed the basis of the student's analyses and findings.3. Presentation of work tasks and analyses undertaken for the host organization.4. Presentation of findings, conclusions and recommendations for the host organization.5. List of references6. Appendix 1: Description of the internship organization.7. Appendix 2: Description of the work conducted in the organization8. Optional Appendix 3: Relevant documentation on data, analyses, results.The final internship report is graded Fail (U) or Pass (G).

Coursework requirements
Field note reflections, Internship work in a private company, public organization, or other types of organization

1. The internship and workplace must be approved by the course teacher by September 1, using the template for the internship agreement.

2. The contact person (mentor) in the internship organization must be approved by the course coordinator/contact.

3. Participation in a pre-internship seminar.

4. Field note reflections (see below for details) must be delivered between weeks five and seven of the internship period.

5. A letter of confirmation from the internship host organization after completing the 150 working hours must be presented.

Field note reflections:

To fulfill the academic requirements of the internship, each student should submit the following report:

Field note reflections: During the internship, each student must take field notes about specific issues they observe or experience. Drawing on these field notes, students should reflect on their internship, including (1) their attitudes, skills, and deliverables, (2) and resources of and interaction with the host organization. Students should submit such reflections to their internship teacher during the internship in field notes comprising a maximum of 1000 words.

Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Bjarte Ravndal
Course teacher: Egil Clement Svela
Study Program Director: Yuko Onozaka
Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
Internship, Internship ( BØK207_1 MØA207_1 ) 10
Internship, Internship ( BØK207_1 MFJ330_1 ) 10
Internship (MØA207_1) 10
Open for
Master in Accounting and Auditing Business Administration - Master of Science Business Administration - Master of Science (5 years)
Course assessment
Students will have the opportunity to give feedback during the course, first in an early dialogue and then in a written course evaluation at the end.
Literature
The syllabus can be found in Leganto