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.
The course comprises an international internship (5 ECTS) and a theoretical component (2.5 ECTS) which covers intercultural communication and economic-administrative topics.
Programme manager of the master's programme, Endre Bjørndal, is responsible for the theoretical module in the master’s version of the course, which deals with economic-administrative theory. The students choose a theory within the field of economics and administration and look at how it works in practice when on their internship.
Through the intercultural experience they gain from their internship abroad, the course aims to give the students greater expertise in what it means to work in a diverse workplace, and enable them to become better at working in an intercultural team. In the master's version of the course, the students will also test selected economic-administrative theories in practice.
The course is one of the measures NHH has implemented to make its education more relevant to the labour market. In autumn 2018, the Ministry of Education and Research called for closer collaboration between higher education institutions and businesses, with special emphasis on strengthening the students' practical training opportunities.
"This has been requested by businesses and students alike. Many companies value international work experience. This course strengthens the position of both NHH students and the relationship between NHH and foreign companies", says Vice Rector for Academic Affairs Linda Nøstbakken.
"Our business partners are very positive to the introduction of the credit-bearing scheme for internships," says Stella Angove at the International Career Centre, at the Office of Student and Academic Affairs. "The course illustrates how NHHs degree programmes are relevant to business, and this is something companies will experience when taking on interns from NHH", explains Stella.