The main goal of the internships is to offer students the possibility to gain experience in a real life business environment. One of the qualifications for the BSc programs is the demonstration of practical understanding and the use of established research techniques and insights to deal with practical business problems.|
At the end of the internship, the student is able to:
- Describe systematically the activities, origin, and organizational structure of a company.
- Demonstrate his or her ability to plan, organize and execute assigned (company) tasks in a timely manner and to take responsibility for the outcome.
- Apply academic knowledge in executing a pre-defined project.
- Write a well-structured work report.
- Reflect critically on what you learned during the internship.
- Communicate effectively with members of the internship company.
- For IBA-students (only): Act and communicate effectively in an international business setting.
In the first semester of year 3 students Business Economics (Bedrijfseconomie) are offered a window of opportunity. You can go on exchange (30 ECTS), do a minor (18 ECTS) in combination with two elective courses (12 ECTS), or combine a minor with an internship. You can obtain 12 ECTS if you complete the internship successfully. The internship replaces the two electives you otherwise take next to the minor
The possibility to do an internship is created to prepare students for the job market. It may also help you in making your choice for a master program after you have graduated. Many students will experience via an internship for the first time what it means to work in a real business environment. You will experience how the theoretical concepts you have learned during courses are used in a practical setting. Doing an internship widens your perspective, and as such it is an interesting option for students who do not go on exchange.
An internship is something different than just obtaining working experience. In order to obtain the 12 ECTS we set specific requirements. One important requirement is that you should not solely conduct ad hoc jobs in the company, but your activities should be part of a pre-defined project. Moreover we set standards on the type of company, number of hours worked, and deliverables. The criteria for an internship are:
- The internship can only be done in the first semester of the academic year.
- Students can start the internship after they have earned a minimum of 90 ECTS.
- The internship can replace electives but no mandatory courses. Neither can you earn ECTS for an internship ‘on top’ of your program.
- You can combine the internship with a minor (18 ECTS) in the same semester. We aim to schedule the lectures of each minor on two fixed days per week, so that three days a week are available for the internship.
- Internship students do better not combine courses from different minors (a so called free minor).
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