AØKK08432U Academic Internship abroad

Volume 2023/2024

The student can choose to take an academic internship abroad of 30 ECTS as part of their Master's program in Economics.

The academic internship must be academically relevant to the master's degree in Economics. The purpose of academic internship is to strengthen the student's opportunities on the international job market.

An academic internship can only take place in the organizations that appear in the positive list below, where academic work is carried out and academic relevant supervision are provided:

- Danish official representations abroad (e.g. embassies and consulates)
- Other countries' official foreign representations outside Denmark (e.g. Swedish or German embassies and consulates)
- Organizations in the UN system outside Denmark
- EU organizations (EU Commission, European Parliament, Council of Europe)
- The World Bank and regional development banks (e.g. Asian Development Bank)

The list of approved places is limited to the relevant organizations for economists, where work experience can be difficult to obtain through student jobs and voluntary work in Denmark.

Academic Internship at international companies and NGOs cannot be approved. Likewise, academic internship in Denmark cannot be approved.

An academic internship in one of the organizations that appears on the positive list can give the student the opportunity to gain relevant work experience, which is difficult to obtain in other ways.

The head of studies must pre-approve the relevance of the internship.

Learning Outcome

At the end of the academic internship, students are expected to be able to:


  • Critically and independently reflect upon and discuss the applied economic theories and methods to a chosen topic. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and analytic insight into the institution at which the internship is conducted.


  • Apply and discuss for relevant theories and methods in a practical context.
  • Independently summarize and analyse a topic in a well-structured written assignment.
  • Carry out and implement economic-based analysis in a practical context



  • Independently analyse and apply academic literature relevant to a specific problem statement
  • Communicate information and interpretations in a succinct and effective manner targeted at specific audiences in a correct, clear and fluent language.
The academic internship must be pre-approved by the head of studies. The student must complete and sign an application for pre-approval of the academic internship. The agreement must ensure that the process is as well planned as possible, incl. tasks, working hours, contact person and the practical and formal framework.
The agreement on the academic internship is a written agreement between the department, the student, and the workplace, in which rights and duties during the stay are clarified. It must be a formalized association of a certain duration. An academic internship must at least correspond to 5 months of full-time work, corresponding to 30 ECTS.
Internship work + Supervision
Internal supervisor
Students enter into supervision agreement with one of the full-time teachers who are involved in the Master’s degree programme in Economics. The supervisor is responsible for ensuring that the learning outcome is achieved at the place for the academic internship.

External supervisor
Students must be assigned an external supervisor employed at the place of the academic internship. The external supervisor continuously develops and evaluates the academic internship together with the student in accordance with the expected learning outcome.
The expected workload for the academic internship:
("practical training" indicates the expected working time at the place of the internship)

Academic internship of 30 ECTS:
Practical training 704 hours
Preparation and exam 120 hours
A total of 824 hours
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Project work
  • 824
  • Total
  • 824
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Type of assessment details
Individual written report.
The report should be between 15- 20 pages for 30 ECTS.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Exam period

You can find hand in deadline at KUnet under Study Information, Eksamen, Find tid og sted.

Criteria for exam assesment

The exam will be assessed based on the learning outcome (knowledge, skills and competencies) for the course.