Research Internship

2019-2020

Course Objective

Upon completion of the internship, students will have
• Acquired further knowledge of the process of conducting research
• Improved further their skills at communicating about theories with an
academic both in writing and orally
• Improved further their skills at communicating about the process of
conducting research with an academic both in writing and orally
• Started developing an independent, academic and critical attitude and
way of working
• Started developing the capacity to reflect upon their own learning

If students choose for an internship of the type ‘reviewing and
synthesising the literature’, they will have
• Gained further knowledge into a specific area of business
administration
• Improved further their ability to critically analyze and evaluate
theories
• Improved further their ability to synthesise the existing literature
(i.e., reviewing the literature) and to integrate existing knowledge to
produce novel insights (i.e., in the form of original propositions
supported
by an integration of different ideas from the existing literature)
• Improved further their skills at communicating about theories with an
academic both in writing and orally

If students choose for an internship of the type ‘preparing a data
collection’ or ‘analyzing data’, they will have
• Gained knowledge into the methods linked to a specific area of
business administration
• Started developing their ability to critically analyse and evaluate
research designs or methods
• Started developing their skills at communicating about research
methods with an academic both in writing and orally

Course Content

During this course, students pursue an individual research
practice internship in a research group or center supervised by a
researcher at the VU or UvA. The purpose of this internship is to
understand and experience how researchers conduct research in business
administration.
The research internship activities can be of three types: (1) reviewing
and synthesising the literature, (2) preparing data collection (e.g.,
selecting measurement scales) and possibly collecting data, and (3)
analysing (existing) data. The third option is primarily aimed at
students with prior experience in analyzing data.

Teaching Methods

Meetings and other exchanges between the student and internship
supervisor. There are no plenary sessions or sessions with the course
coordinator.

Method of Assessment

The final grade consists of an assessment by the internship supervisor
of an internship report (60%), a self-reflection report (20%), and the
work process (20%) based on standardized grading schemes.
The grade is a pass or fail.

Target Audience

Due to the entry requirements of the programme, the courses of the
Research Master Business in Society are only available for students
registered for this master’s programme and, upon approval of the
programme director, to other Research Master programmes or PhD students.

General Information

Course Code E_BIS_RI1
Credits 6 EC
Period P3
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator dr. M. Soekijad
Examiner dr. M. Soekijad
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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