Research Internship I

2018-2019

Course Objective

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

If students choose for an internship of the type ‘reviewing and
synthetizing the literature’, they will
• Have gained further knowledge into a specific area of business
administration
• Have improved further their ability to critically analyze and
evaluate theories
• Have improved further their ability to synthesize 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)
• Have 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
• Have started developing their ability to critically analyse and
evaluate research designs or methods
• Have started developing their skills at communicating about
research methods with an academic both in writing and orally

Course Content

During the period February-March, 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 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 a standardized grading schemes.
The grade is a pass or fail

Literature

Course material is available on the Canvas site of the course

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, MSc Honours
or PhD students.

General Information

Course Code E_BIS_RI1
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator dr. M. Soekijad
Examiner dr. F.M. Bridoux
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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