Internship for MC

2019-2020

Course Objective

Academic and Research Skills
Students are capable of:
• Translating practically relevant problems into (academically)
relevant research questions and designing and executing a project using
a systematic, analytical approach in a real business environment.

Knowledge of Theory + Methods and Solving Complex Problems
Students are capable of:
• Applying theoretical knowledge in a specific organizational context
and knowing how to formulate relevant recommendations for practice based
on the knowledge acquired.

Professional Social Skills:
Handling the roles and needs of different types of stakeholders that
need to be interacted with in a professional work environment.

Course Content

Students in the MSc Business Administration programmes have the
opportunity to do a credited internship (as capita selecta) during their
master studies.

We distinguish three types of internships students can opt for to
receive 6 ECs:
1. Work experience internship
2. Research internship
3. Thesis extension internship

1. Work experience internship:
This internship allows students to work alongside employees in order to
gain practical experience and get a taste of what it is like to work as
a consultant/an internal consultant.

2. Research internship:
This internship allows students to address a specific
business/management problem with the aim to produce a research report as
a product of the internship. Research internships typically take a
practice-oriented and solution-driven perspective (e.g., writing up a
case/research report, policy briefing, advice or consulting project).
Research internships can be combined with the master thesis in terms of
topic and focus (e.g., gathering data during the internship and then
using that data for both the thesis and the report). Students can also
collaborate with a company and/or ongoing applied research projects and
apply scientific concepts to solve a problem in practice. A research
internship can also take place at a SBE department (e.g., Management &
Organization) where students collaborate with a faculty member and for
instance use previously collected data or work with an existing
questionnaire or other method of data collection.

3. Thesis extension internship:
For students with high ambitions regarding their thesis and who aim at
publishable results, this internship offers the option of expanding
your research efforts.

Teaching Methods

Individual supervision.

Method of Assessment

Details for internships of any type are to be discussed with the
specialization thesis coordinator. More details can be found in the
VU-SBE internship policy available on Canvas. For any type of internship
students must attain a 6.0 or higher to advance to graduation.

Entry Requirements

Please see VU-SBE internship policy for further details.

Literature

Not applicable

Recommended background knowledge

Please see VU-SBE internship policy for further details.

General Information

Course Code E_BA_INTMC
Credits 6 EC
Period Ac. Year (sept)
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator dr. K. van Bommel
Examiner dr. K. van Bommel
Teaching Staff

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