In connection with the Master of Science in Public Health programme, students are able to do internships in private or public organisations/companies in Denmark or abroad.
Doing an internship will allow you as a student to:
- bridge the gap between theory and practice
- sharpen your educational profile and generate focus for your further education
- create networks and open doors to the labour market.
The internship is completed with a written report
In the third semester (first or second quarter) of the master programme, you can choose between:
The length of the internship period must equal a workload of maximum 15 ETCS points corresponding to 8 weeks of full-time employment (37 hour workweek) or 16 weeks part-time employment (18,5 hour workweek). Part-time internship is possible if the student attends two electives (15 ECTS), one in each period of the third semester along the part time internship.
Place of internship
It is up to you as a student to make contact with the place of internship. However, SDU Business, may also be able to help with inspiration and good ideas.
If the place of internship wishes to know more about internships at Public Health Science, you may give them the below letter:
Letter to the place of internship (.pdf)
You might also find inspiration for your internship in the list of places of internship (.pdf) approved by the Study Board.
A written agreement on the purpose and content of the internship as well as the planning of the work must be made between you and the place of internship. The agreement must be approved by the Study Board. Furthermore, an academically qualified employee (must as a minimum hold a Master of Science degree) from the place of internship must be assigned as the student’s supervisor. However, this employee will not act as supervisor in connection with the student’s written report. A supervisor from the University will be appointed for this.
The written agreement must contain the following details:
Name of organisation/company
Name and job- and academic title of the supervisor of the organisation/company
Description of the content and tasks of the internship
Description of the purpose
A detailed description of one specific internship/work task, effort or product
Period of internship
Weekly working hours*
* Be aware that the internship must equal a full time study/work, that is 37 working hours per week, unless the internship period exceeds 8 weeks
It is important that the content of the internship as well as your work tasks are described in such a detail that the Study Board can evaluate whether the internship can be preapproved. Furthermore, it is important for your own sake, as a detailed description will secure that both you and the place of internship have equal expectations. Should disagreement or problems occur during your internship, a detailed, approved and signed written agreement will give you something to relate to.
Your application for an internship must be pre-approved by the Public Health Study Board. The pre-approval can be withdrawn, if the internship report does not live up to the conditions of agreed upon in the pre-approval. Thus it is important to inform the Study Board if major changes in the internship agreement are made.
In order to apply for pre-approval, you must use the link you can find here and attach the internship agreement.
Be aware that the deadline for internships in the autumn semester is at the Study Board’s meeting in August.
When the internship has been pre-approved by the Study Board and you approach the beginning of you internship, you must contact the internship coordinator in order to get a supervisor assigned. Together with the supervisor you will agree on the terms and form of supervision.
The general rule is that each internship is entitled to two sessions of supervision.
When you finish your internship you must prepare a written report of maximum 15 pages consisting of project work on the basis of a specific problem from the internship period analysed and discussed using scientific literature.
The precise shape and content of the report will be decided between the student and appointed supervisor. In the course description you find the formal requirements for the internship report.
After completing your internship you most complete an evaluation form describing the place of internship, your experiences and evaluation of the internship period. The form is available in a Danish and English version. Fill out one of them and hand it in along with you internship report.
Evaluation form - Danish (.docx)
Evaluation form - English (.docx)
Submission deadline for assignment and student evaluation form
The deadline for submission is: 15 February at 12:00 (if the 15th falls on a Sunday, the dealine is moved to the proximate Monday)
The written report and the evaluation form must be submitted on Blackboard separately in pdf format under 'Internships MScPH'
The written report will be graded pass or no pass.
Make-up and re-examination and exemption
If you fail your internship, you will have to resubmit the assignemnt after modifying and correcting it in accordance with the requirements and comments given by the examiner.
Make-up and re-examination will take place in the same or the subsequent semester.
A substantiated, written application on exemption to the above instructions must be submitted to the Public Health Study Board.
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