Internship abroad Master

INTERN-A-M Internship abroad Master

Autumn 2019

Spring 2020
  • Topics

    This course combines an international internship with an academic content. 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 learning 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.

    For more information about admission procedures for this course:

  • Learning outcome

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

    Knowledge - The candidate

    • has theoretical and practical knowledge about intercultural teamwork
    • has knowledge about how theories from economics/business administration and practice interconnect

    Skills - The candidate

    • is able to observe, describe, and reflect on diversity in the workplace and how it influences intercultural teams
    • is able to do an analysis or suggest improvements at the organization where the internship takes place, using acquired academic methods and theories

    General competence - The candidate

    • has increased sensitivity towards diversity in the workplace and is better prepared to work in intercultural teams
    • is able to reflect on and assess the validity of knowledge and skills acquired during his/her studies in light of practice

  • Teaching

    When the student has found an internship, it must be approved before the student can attend a pre-departure seminar that introduces the course. See the following link for information on the application process: (copy URL).

    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 academic course content amounts to approximately 2.5 ECTS of the total course and has two objectives: 1) for the student to be able to reflect on how intercultural diversity at the workplace influences teamwork, using theories from the field of intercultural communication and cross-cultural management, and 2) for the student to be able to test acquired academic knowledge from economics and business administration in practice.

    Before the internship starts, the student attends a 4 hours pre-departure seminar. The rest of the course module is online (on Canvas).  

    During the internship, there are two obligatory tasks related to the course module: To write a reflection blog for part 1) and to work on a research topic that links theory with internship practice for part 2). If possible, we recommend that the latter relates to a concrete task provided by the workplace. The course administrator needs to be informed about the chosen topic for part 2) no later than two weeks into the internship.

    After the internship, the student has 2 weeks to send in a draft of the final report which discusses the findings of both parts 1 and 2. After review, the student hands in the final report on the date decided upon by the course coordinator.

    In order to maximise one's internship experiences, the student is offered a re-entry workshop after returning to NHH.

  • Credit reduction due to overlap

    The internship you take as part of the INTERN-A-M course can not be combined with an internship taken as part of the ENEINT course, Innovation School, Gründerskolen, Sosialt entrepenørskap and other similar programmes or courses. 

  • Requirements for course approval

    a) the internship workplace and mentor were approved, the student b) attended the pre-departure seminar and c) the student completed all obligatory tasks on Canvas during the internship.

  • Assessment

    A final report (part 1: 1500 words, part 2: 3000  words (+/- 10%))  that relates academic theories and practice. The final report is handed in online via Wiseflow together with an evaluation form from the workplace (added as an attachment) on a date decided by the course coordinator.

    Assessment of the course is based on: a) attendance, i.e. the student has been active on Canvas and met at work, b) assessment of the final report, and c) assessment from the workplace

  • Grading Scale

    Pass - Fail

  • Literature

    Brett, J., Behfar, K., & Kern, M. C. (2012). Managing multicultural teams. In G.K. Stahl, M.E. Mendenhall & G.R. Oddou (Eds.) International Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior (pp. 289-298). New York: Routledge.

    Litterature of one's own choice (ca.100 pages)


ECTS Credits
Teaching language

Autumn and spring. Offered for the first time spring 2019. Offered autumn 2019.

Course responsible

Kristin Rygg, FSK Department of Professional and Intercultural Communication