Semesters

IPA203 Internship with internship report (15 ECTS)

Duration: 
1 semester
Course code: 
IPA203
Credits (ECTS): 
15
Level of study: 
Specialization level (bachelor’s degree level)
Emnenamn på Norwegian Nynorsk: 
Internship with internship report (15 ECTS)
Teaching semester: 
2021 Spring
Program of study: 
Bachelor Degree in Planning and administration
Assessment semester: 
2021 Spring
Language of instruction: 
English
Required prerequisite knowledge

IPA111 and IPA112 or equivalent.

Course content

The aim of this course is to practice and apply knowledge and insights into theories and methods acquired so far in the bachelor studies. Students are to do an internship in the public or private sector, or with an non-governmental organisation (NGO). The internship can take place in Norway or abroad. Alternatively, students also have the option to start a student company. During their internship or while running their student company, students are to write an internship report. The topic of this report should be connected to the workplace and to the student's tasks.

The course consists of two parts:

Part 1: Internship seminar, preparing the students for the internship and for starting and running a student company, as well as and for writing the internship report. The course covers topics like how to write a paper, how to apply for jobs, how to start a (student) business, ethics in worklife, and different cultures in worklife. The topic of student businesses will only be covered in class if a sufficient number of students opt for starting a student company.

Part 2: Internship in the public or private sector, or with an NGO or starting a student company, as well as writing the internship report.

Learning outcome

In accordance with the National Qualifications Framework the student will achieve the following learning outcomes after completing the course:

Learning outcome knowledge

The student will have acquired knowledge of methods of how to write a university college paper and of how to collect data. 

Learning outcome skills

The student will know how to work on projects in a workplace and to present the outcomes of their work projects in a written report. 

Learning outcome qualification

The student will know how to apply theoretical knowledge acquired in their studies in a practical work setting. 

Working and learning activities

This is an elective course. The course is also open for students from other study programs at HVO and for international students. The seminar is held in English. The intership report can be written in Norwegian or in English.

The course consists of two parts:

Part 1: Internship seminar

The seminar prepares students for the internship / student company and for writing the internship report. It is held in January and February, and provides a theoretical and practical introduction to writing university college papers / reports. The seminar also helps students prepare for job / internship applications and job interviews, for starting (student) companies, work in different cultures, and ethics in work life. Additional topics like presentation techniques may also be covered. As part of the course students are to present the organization they will do their internship in or the student company that they want to found and the planned topic they are going to write about in their internship report, in class. 

Part 2: Internship

Students are to find internship positions themselves, but the department can help with contacts to possible internship places. The department provides more extensive support in finding internship positions to international students, as well as to students doing their internship abroad. The internship position has to be approved by the department. Students who choose to start a student company will get special support from IPAS. Each student gets assigned a supervisor by the department. The internship or student company lasts 6-8 weeks, from the beginning of March to the end of May. During the internship / student company, students are to write an internship report / paper. The topic of the report should be connected to the workplace and to the student's tasks during the internship / student company. The report - with a length of about 4000 words - should follow the usual requirements for university college papers.

Assessment requirements
  • Participation in seminar (obligatory attendance - at least 80 %)
  • Presentation of internship position and topic of internship report in the seminar
  • Completed internship 
Maximum number of students: 
40
Person in charge: 
Nathalie Homlong
This course is part of these study programs
Bachelor Degree in Planning and administration
Form of assessmentGroupingDurationType of durationGrading scaleProportionCommentSupported materialScope
RapportIndividual1SemesterA-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing gradeThe grade on the course is based on the grade on the report. The internship report should be about 4000 words (+/- 10%).
Vurderinger:
Form of assessment:Rapport
Grouping:Individual
Duration:1
Type of duration:Semester
Grading scale:A-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing grade
Proportion:
Comment:
Supported material:
Scope:The grade on the course is based on the grade on the report. The internship report should be about 4000 words (+/- 10%).
Approval signature: 
Randi Bergem 21.02.2020