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International Internship - How to do it

If you already considered to study abroad at a partner university in your 5th semester, you can still decide to go for international internship. In this way, you will be away for 2 semesters.

The internship is minimum 20 weeks (=100 wordking days) and starts normally on 1st February. During the internship you will follow the normal workhours in a company and will work with the assigned task agreed on.

Before you start to plan you international internship you should be familiar with the formal procedures for engineering internship. The Internship Concept describes the responsibilities and documentation.  The below steps will guide you through numerous practical details and deadlines you must attend to.

Internship step-by-step

1. Information meeting about internship
In the beginning of your fifth semester, the Faculty of Engineering arrange an information meeting about internship. All students are expected to participate in this meeting. The meeting will be announced in your Blackboard Group.

2. To find a Company for Internship
Finding an internship host abroad is your responsibility and your Internship coordinator must approve the company. TEK Internationalisation will be able to support you in the process of finding a company abroad.

3Sign up for the internship via Student Self-Service 
The signing of the internhship contract is not tantamount to being registered for the study activity Industrial Engineering Training'.  Please remember to register for the course via Student Self-service, http://sso.sdu.dk, during the registration period (20-30 November for internship in the spring semester, 20-30 May for internship in the autumn semester).

4. Internship Contract 
When you have reached an agreement with a company, you must complete an internship contract.

Please fill in the contract: https://spoc.sdu.dk - > Study Secretariat -> Bachelor of Engineering forms.

Once the contract is filled in, it is automatically forwarded to your Internship coordinator as well as to your internship company for approval. Once approved by all parties, you and the company will receive an e-mail with a link to the approved contract. The contract calculates automatically the official holidays in Denmark in the spring semester, so they are not included in the minimum 100 days, the internship takes.

Be aware that you are not allowed to begin your internship before you have signed an internship contract between The Faculty of Engineering, your internship company and yourself.

5. Activity plan
Within the first two weeks you will have to send an activity plan to your internship supervisor at the faculty. The activity plan must reflect the main objectives of your internship period and you will have to make it together with the internship Company.

6. Need of changes in your internship contract? 
Once your contract has been approved by the company, changes to it cannot be made by you. Therefore, if

  • you get a new company supervisor
  • there should be made changes to your salary or planned holiday(s) during the internship
  • there should be made changes to the start or finishing dates

please contact the internship administration by sending an e-mail to studienaevn@tek.sdu.dk. Please remember to attach the company's written approval to the changes.

If everything does not go quite as planned? 
If you are ill for a longer period than a total of 10 working days, your relationship to the company is not good, or other problems arise, please contact

7. Confirmation of completed Internship
Once your internship period has come it to its end, the internship company receives an e-mail, asking the company to confirm that the internship has been completed in accordance with the contract.  

8. Internship report
Following, you must write a report on your internship. The report must be handed in to your internship supervisor no later than 8 February / 11 August, depending on whether your internship was completed in the spring or autumn semester. The internship supervisor will subsequently inform you whether the report has been approved or whether it needs changes/additions. You will then have a week to make any changes and additions.

9. Final Evaluation
Approximately three weeks after the start of the semester following your internship period, a final evaluation will take place for students, internship coordinator and internship supervisors. Attendance is mandatory for students.

10. Approval
On the basis of your internship report and the final evaluation, the internship supervisor will assess whether your internship can be approved. The supervisor must communicate this to the STADS/ examination office no later than 20 March / 25 September.

For international internship also consider

Use the following check-list to help you remember important considerations when going for international internship.

  1. What about my SU. Check out www.su.dk
  2. Grants and scholarships. Search out the internet or “Legathåndbogen”. Through the Faculty of Engineering you can apply for several scholarships.
  3. Rent out your room or apartment through SDU Housing?
  4. Accommodation abroad. Ask your internship company if they can support you.
  5. Social security and Insurance. It is your responsibility to be insured against illness, theft and liability during your internship. We strongly advise you be informed at Borger.dk and through your insurance company.
  6. What kind of visa is required? Contact the embassy of the country where you are going or ask the internship company for support. For Australia and USA expect the time of issuing to be quite long.
  7. Vaccinations and other medical recommendations for your internship country. Contact your doctor.
 
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Last Updated 04.05.2020