Course ObjectiveThe aim of the internship is to provide an opportunity for students to
gain practical or research experience. Two types of internships are
distinguished. First, in a work experience internship, students work
alongside employees in order to gain experience and taste what it is
like to work at a professional organization (broadly understood, i.e.,
business firm, governmental or non-governmental organization). The
internship can be taken at any time during the academic year, but the
students need to make sure that conflicts with course work are avoided.
It is recommended to do this work experience internship in periods 4 to
6. Second, in a research internship, students address a specific
business/managerial problem with the aim to produce a research report as
a product of the internship. The research internship can either take a
more practically-oriented and solution-driven perspective (e.g.,
producing a case report, policy briefing, or advice project) or a more
theory-driven perspective (e.g., producing a research report).
Course ContentAs far as the work experience internship is concerned, the students are
expected to deliver a reflection paper on how the internship contributes
to their personal development and how this work experience internship is
interlinked with the academic program (2,000 words). The students should
make insightful that the tasks undertaken are of an academic level. As
far as the research internship is concerned, expectations differ between
solution-oriented and theory-driven reports. For the solution-oriented
research report, the students can collaborate with companies and/or
ongoing applied research projects and apply scientific concepts to solve
a problem in practice. Scientific concepts must relate to the curriculum
of the BA MSc program. For the theory-driven research report, the
students approach a problem from an academic perspective and aim to
provide a deeper understanding of a specific situation by drawing on
theory, rather than solving an immediate managerial problem. This
internship can be done in cooperation with organizations and/or with
School members. Although the topic of the internship might be related
to the Master thesis, the research internship needs to be a separate
project with a separate output in the form of a research report. In
addition, this internship should be of a more conceptual nature, for
instance developing a new model or conducting a conceptual meta-analysis
by an in-depth literature review. The report has a length of about 15-20
pages (+/- 6,000 words).
Method of AssessmentConcerning the work experience internship:
• Work experience internships are graded with a pass/fail, with this
score being based on a series of questions on a 5-point scale. Average
based on the SBE internship evaluation form needs to be ≥ 3,0
(satisfactory) to pass.
• Work internships are always assessed by the thesis coordinator of the
LCM master programme who also acts as internship coordinator (handling
• The report must be handed in no later than August 15th.
Concerning the research internship:
• Research internships are evaluated by SBE School members based on
the student’s research report on a 1-10 scale (similar to Master thesis)
and based on the SBE research internship grading scheme.
• Research internship reports need to be handed in no later than June
30th unless otherwise formally agreed with the supervisor.
• The research internship will be supervised by a School member, which
can be thesis supervisor but also another School member who the student
cooperates with on the research internship project.
Custom Course RegistrationMaster thesis submission policy in relation to internships: Independent of the type of master thesis and whether combined with an internship or not, the deadline for all theses is 30th of June. · Without an internship: Students who did not do an internship of any type before this date and where the thesis is not sufficient (i.e., ≤ 5.0) by the submission date have the opportunity to resubmit their thesis not later than August 15th without further supervision and with a grade cap of 6.0 (see also MSc thesis manual). · With internship: Students who started an internship of any type more than 30 full working days before 30th of June in the ongoing academic year can opt for not submitting their thesis June 30th but only on August 15th (and without supervision after June 30). In their case the grade cap does not apply.
|Period||Ac. Year (sept)|
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||School of Business and Economics|
|Course Coordinator||dr. O.N. Solinger|
|Examiner||dr. O.N. Solinger|
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