Bridging theory and work experience

Endre Bjørndal with NHH master's students Henriette Nøkleberg Jensen and Ingrid Hammer who have spent a semester at FGV in São Paulo. Photo: Stella Angove
Endre Bjørndal with NHH master's students Henriette Nøkleberg Jensen and Ingrid Hammer who have spent a semester at FGV in São Paulo. Photo: Stella Angove
By Endre Bjørndal, Programme Manager for the master's programme in economics and business administration

3 July 2019 09:56

Bridging theory and work experience

There is no doubt in my mind: Internships abroad are definitely an invaluable opportunity for our students! Testimonials from our bachelor's and master's students in Brazil confirm that this is the way to go for NHH.

At a recent meeting hosted by Innovation Norway, DIKU - Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education, and the Norwegian Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro, representatives from NHH and three Norwegian universities, as well as students and business partners, discussed the experiences from our pilot projects.

NHH has two pilot projects, in Brazil and Japan, funded by DIKU, that run in 2018 and 2019. The core of these projects is that students combine their internship with an exchange semester at one of our partner schools: FGV - Fundação Getulio Vargas in Brazil and Rikkyo / Keio in Japan. By the end of this year, 13 students will have completed internships through the pilot projects.

At the meeting in Rio de Janeiro I presented the NHH pilots and our plans for permanent internship courses, and three NHH students presented their experiences as interns in Brazil. They were:

  • Trine Lise Berge Johansen (master) has worked at Gastromotiva, an organization that promotes inclusion through social gastronomy, and her job tasks included mapping projects and establishing an online platform. 
  • Christopher Markhus Poots (master) has been at the Norwegian Seafood Council in Rio, where his task was to perform a seafood study for Brazil with focus on bacalhau. Watch video with Christopher (in Norwegian)
  • Bendik Brunvoll (bachelor) has done his internship with Mattheis Borg, the world’s biggest producer of horseshoes. As intern he rotated between different departments in the company.

All three students agreed that their internship/exchange semester had been a positive experience and had allowed them to develop skills that they could not have obtained at home.

Permanent internship courses

The pilot projects will be evaluated when they are finished in 2019. Based on the preliminary experience obtained so far, NHH has already established permanent internship courses for bachelor (INTERN-A-B) and master (INTERN-A-M) students. The courses give 7.5 study points and consist of the internship itself in addition to a theoretical module.

The International Career Centre (ICC) at NHH provides a limited number of internship opportunities via their company agreements, and ICC also approves internships that students find on their own. 20 students have registered for internships that will take place in the summer/autumn of 2019 in this scheme.

More work Relevant

The purpose of the internship courses is to help our graduates pursue international careers, to make our study programmes more work relevant, and to make our students even more employable by increasing their careers skills and making them more aware of their career options. 

Credit-bearing internships

This spring, NHH is launching the credit-bearing course Internship Abroad as an elective course in our bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes. Kristin Rygg at FSK is the course coordinator, and there has been huge interest among the students.

Watch video of 1 July 2019 with outgoing students (in Norwegian)

NHH Internship abroad programme

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