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Project-oriented course (internship)

A project-oriented course (often called internship) gives you valuable work experience to put on your CV, insight in Danish work culture as well as a getting knowledge if that kind of work is the right for you.

It takes place in the company where you are a part of the work place with your own assignments related to your education. Duration from 3-5 months while you are a student. Always consult your study program coordinator or supervisor to ensure the academic relevance!

Sometimes, project-oriented courses (internships) are a mandatory part of your curriculum. Some master programs have a semester for it. In case there is no obligation to do so we recommend that you consider arranging one yourself.

 

At some studies you may have to fill in an agreement

The Internship Agreement is a document that has to be signed by you, your supervisor at university and the company that will have you as an intern. It contains details about the company or organisation, the period, your tasks, etc. Ask your supervisor about this.

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praktikAftale / internship agreement

Internship abroad

You need to ask International Office as there are many rules and funding possibilities and the contracts are not the same as the one used in Denmark. Send email to outgoing-student@adm.aau.dk.

 

Non EU citizens

What do you are doing a project-oriented course (internship) in Denmark as a non EU citizen:

  • You need to have an extended work permit (as a student you already have a 20 hour work permit per week – you can continue to work the 20 hours while doing your internship)
  • Fill out Form ST4
  • Internship Agreement: see above
  • Confidentiality document: see above
  • Deliver Form ST4, the internship agreement and a copy of your passport personally at the police station

 

WAGE OR SU IN AN INTERNSHIP?

Be aware that you cannot receive wage while working as an intern in Denmark as the internship (project-oriented course) is an integrated part of education and not terms of employment.

However, you are allowed to receive smaller amounts to cover e.g. travel expenses, rent, or phone which you need to be able to document that you get from your internship workplace. It is important that the costs are relevant in order to complete your internship and the assignments, and that it can documented. Be aware that it is your responsibility to be able to document the necessity of the received subsidies. Furthermore, you need to clarify whether the value of the subsidy is taxable.

As a student you cannot use the mileage tax relief during your internship if:

  • your employer pays for the transport
  • you have a company car
  • you drive back and forth to an unpaid internship

Read more about the tax.

Often the international citizen services can help you understand your taxes, whether you have an individual meeting or a tax orientation event.

 

Acknowledgement and SU

If your internship workplace finds it suiting, you may receive an acknowledgement of the equivalent of 3000 DKK (gross) per month. The acknowledgement must not be agreed on beforehand as if it were a set wage, as you are not considered an employee. In countries such as Germany, with a demanded minimum wage you can receive wage. Make sure to report your income to SKAT.

If you receive SU you still can receive SU as long as you work 10 hours per week. It is possible to work at your internship workplace. However, you need to make sure that your study job contact describes your tasks, and these cannot be the same as in your internship. We fully understand that doing both an internship AND a student job can be very time consuming, but these are the terms if you want to continue receiving your SU.

Read more about the SU rules.

 

Student job while doing internship

You can keep your present student job, or you have the possibility to have a student at the company where you do an internship. However, you cannot do the same tasks in the student job as in your internship. We recommend you to have a contract of your tasks and hours of your student job.

 

Where to find Project-oriented courses (internships) in Denmark

Find links and inspiration here

I want to gain as much practical experience as possible

“I am doing an internship because I want to gain as much practical experience as possible before I will finish my studies.

As an international student who thinks of staying in Denmark in a long perspective, it is extremely important for me to gain a practical experience in Danish company and learn about Danish working culture.

Before my interview, I met a careers counselor from AAU Career which helped me to understand how a job interview looks like in Denmark and to realize my personal strengths that I could highlight during the interview.”

Anna Aneta Bezdzietna, European Studies

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