InternAbroad: Business, Culture and Sustainability (expired)

INTB-BRA InternAbroad: Business, Culture and Sustainability (expired)

Spring 2020

  • Topics

    Companies are increasingly expected to align sustainability and profitability in their business models, that is, to innovate their business models in a way that makes them more sustainable while remaining profitable. An important aspect of this challenge is to understand the expectations of stakeholders of the company, which may vary across countries and cultures. This course addresses the challenge of sustainable business model innovation in an international setting.

    The course combines an international internship with an academic content. The topic of the course is sustainable business in an international context. Internships that are placed in an academic frame act to enhance one's understanding of how academic theory and practice interconnect. When internships are held abroad, theories assist in managing and learn from one's intercultural experiences. The course contains approximately 150 work hours in a company combined with an academic component that amounts to approximately 70 work hours before, during and after the internship.

    Students are assigned internships at partner companies in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The companies are Galvani Industria, Gastromotiva, Mattheis Borg and the Norwegian Seafood Council. The student attends a pre-departure seminar that introduces the course. There is a seminar in April/May for students who do an internship during summer or the autumn semester, and one in November/December for those who do the internship in spring the following year.

    The course is offered in connection with student exchange to Brazil. Students who are going on student exchange to Brazil can apply for an internship in Brazil in the same semester. The student is recommended to contact the course responsible at an early stage to ensure attendance at a pre-departure seminar."

  • Learning outcome

    Upon successful completion of the course, the student will have attained the following:

    Knowledge - The candidate

    • has theoretical and practical knowledge about sustainable business models
    • has knowledge about sustainable business in an international context

    Skills - The candidate

    • is able to observe, describe, and reflect on sustainable business and its challenges and opportunities in the international marketplace
    • is able to do an analysis or suggest improvements for the company's attempt to design a more sustainable business model, using acquired academic methods and theories

    General competence - The candidate

    • has increased understanding of sustainability in business, in particular in an international setting
    • is able to reflect on and assess the validity of knowledge and skills acquired during his/her studies in light of practice

  • Teaching

    Pre-departure workshop

    Online sessions with course responsible during internship

    Students write term paper based on specific topics during internship. While thematically similar and based on the same content, term papers by bachelor and master students, respectively, are assessed according to the analytical level expected by students in the respective programs.

  • Credit reduction due to overlap

    Overlaps with INTM-BRA (master). Course activities are similar, but term papers are assessed in a manner that takes into account whether students are bachelor level or master level. This implies that master students' term papers are expected to be at a higher level analytically. 

  • Requirements for course approval

    Complete course activities (pre-departure workshop, online sessions, internship, term paper)

  • Assessment

    Term paper assessed as pass/fail. The term paper should demonstrate awareness and knowledge about challenge and opportunities related to sustainable business in practice.

  • Grading Scale



ECTS Credits


Course responsible

Associate Professor Lars Jacob Tynes Pedersen

Dept. of Accounting, Auditing and Law