Copenhagen School of Design and Technology


Internship (EN)

Danish title
Praktik (EN)
Study programme
Production Technology
Type of education
Full time education
Level of education
Academy Profession
4. semester
Duration of the subject/module
10 Weeks
Programme elements
Start time
Guldbergsgade 29 N, København N
Subject number
Responsible for the subject(s)/modul(es)
Dina Jacobsen
  • Purpose

    The internship period is organised in such a way as to ensure that the internship,
    together with the rest of the programme, contributes to the student achieving the
    learning objectives. The internship period is designed to enable the student to apply
    programme methods, theories and tools through the completion of specific practical
    tasks within the core areas of the programme and the elective programme elements
    that the student has taken.

    The learning objectives and content description for the internship are drawn up by the
    student in collaboration with the institution and the company – in compliance with the
    following learning objectives.


    The student has acquired knowledge of
    • The specific company's general financial and organisational situation
    • The overall company description – including products and markets
    • The context into which the internship is incorporated in relation to the company
    • The role of the intern in relation to the company


    The student has acquired the skills to, at a general level and under supervision:
    • Plan and carry out own work tasks in the company
    • Apply selected acquired technical and analytical working methods relevant to
    employment within the trade
    • Evaluate and communicate practice-oriented issues and identify possible solutions
    in the company


    The student has acquired the competencies to, at a general level and under
    • Handle and structure practical and professional situations in relation to the
    • Acquire new knowledge, skills and competencies related to the trade
    • Participate in academic and interdisciplinary collaboration with a professional

  • Type of instruction and practical application of learning objectives
    This semester marks the end of teaching in the conventional sense. From this point on, your contact with the school is limited to interaction with those teachers who are your supervisors and contacts during the semester.
    The first half of the semester – where you are doing your internship – centres on you using the academic tools you acquired during the first three semesters to carry out assignments for an actual company.
    Correspondingly, the second half of the semester is devoted to your completing your final project in consultation with a company, where the theoretical, methodological and
    competence-related skills you acquired during the study programme can really be put to the test.
    Please note that your supervisor during the 10-week internship may change when you start work on the seven-week final assignment. The reason for this is that teachers will have different workloads during the period, and that the school makes every effort to ensure the best possible academic match between teacher and assignment.
  • Exam

    The learning outcomes of the exam are identical with the learning outcomes of the subject(s)/modul(es)

    Exam in one or more subjects
    Subject/module is tested standalone
    Type of exam
    Written examination
    Individual exam or group exam
    Exam languages
    Type of evaluation
    7-point grading scale
    External censure
  • Additional information
    The internship period is ten weeks, and we strongly recommend that you arrange to work the seven weeks for your final assignment at the site of your internship, to ensure that you spend as many weeks as possible at the company. Only by including holidays will you therefore exceed 17 weeks of internship.
    Internship in DK is what most students end up with, but note that internships held abroad should be coordinated with KEA Global, who also advises on. If you are looking for an international work placement, it is already in the middle of the second semester that business contacts are to be established. This is because countries such as the United States have many procedures that must be in place before entry. Typically, this work can last 4 months from the company says yes to the practice contract.
    Search further information from international coordinator Andreas Berger
    In addition, consider the distance to the company, professional challenge, task portfolio and, in particular, the possibility of recruitment later. Many companies use the internship period to test the student a possible later recruitment. For the same reason, it is important to consider how internships and further courses affect your CV.
    Internship is coordinated with the teachers in relation to the academic aspects and with KEA Erhverv around contract, database etc.
    According to the executive order of professional academy programs and professional bachelor programs, cf. section 4, subsection 3, 2nd paragraph, the internship period is unpaid.
    However, after the internship, the company in question can give students a so-called
    acknowledgment for appreciation of the student's contribution amounting to a maximum of 3,000 kroner per month's internship.
    It is also possible to have a study job at the company concurrent with the internship, but it is important to note that the internship and the study job are two separate agreements. The 37- hour internship, covered by the internship contract, must be unpaid, while all exceeding hours may be paid.
    See FRONTER for everything you need to know about your internship: database, contracts, etc.

    Workplace Internship
    This involves you completing your internship at a company, where, in principle, you will work a full 37-hour week. There may be some variation, but generally speaking you will need to spend at least 80% of the ten weeks on the company’s premises.
    The purpose of the internship is to support the learning objectives of the program. It is important to be aware of this when the internship agreement is concluded, during the practice and when the final report is written.
    Every week, you must submit around half a page of text and a picture to your supervisor.
    Using the PRT template, which can be located on FRONTER, is recommendable.
    After completing the 10-week internship, you must submit an internship report using the PRT template and featuring:
    • A brief, week-by-week description of the internship (summary of previous reports)
    • A description of the learning outcome you have achieved during the internship, with
    reflections on the process
    • You must attach your internship contract to your project report.
    The company you choose must insure you during your internship.
    Your supervisor will take the initiative to visit the site of your internship. The purpose is to meet the company and, at the same time, discuss your upcoming final project. Choosing to do your internship at a company based far from Copenhagen may complicate the visit.

    International Internship
    The same as the workplace internship described above, but at a company abroad.
    This means that if you take an international internship, you must still submit an internship report after ten weeks, using the PRT template and featuring:
    • A brief, week-by-week description of the internship (summary of previous reports)
    • A description of the learning outcome you have achieved during the internship, with
    reflections on the process
    • You must attach your internship contract to your project report.
    For financial and practical reasons, there will rarely be an opportunity for a visit from your supervisor. However, you will normally be subjected to closer attention as an international intern, and you should be prepared for a number of Skype calls (or similar) during your 10-week internship.
    If possible, your supervisor will take the initiative to visit the site of your internship. The purpose is to meet the company and, at the same time, discuss your upcoming final project.

    Project Internship
    You are given an assignment to solve for a company or public sector institution, but your presence there is not required daily – only for occasional meetings as your project progresses.
    The company/institution you choose is not required to insure you during your internship.
    The bearing concept of this project is to take a problem-oriented approach to the work. This entails, for example, a high level of freedom with regard to what the project can involve.
    However, the project must involve one of the subject areas from your chosen field of
    specialisation. You can choose to work individually or in groups.
    For assignments of this kind, you must submit a synopsis, which must be approved by your
    supervisor. At the end of the 10-week period, you will have to submit an internship report, which is to feature exactly the same layout and content as the projects you have previously completely on the PRT course.
    As a project intern, you will normally be invited to meetings with your supervisor a few times during the 10-week period.
hours of counseling
hours of internship
The figure shows the extent of workload related to the internship divided into different study activities.

During your internship you or your group will receive 5 hours of guidance from your counselor.

The rest of the time equivalent to 406 hours are used on internship work. The activities in relation to internship work during the internship depend on the kind of internship you choose, but overall it is your own responsibility to structure the amount of time you spend on writing your report, working at the company, preparing for the exam, etc.

The internship primarily includes of the following activities: evaluating the internship, keeping a logbook, completing the tasks that were agreed upon, writing a report based the internship, interacting with a contact person in the company, producing an internship contract and having it approved, doing industry research, writing applications to potential companies.

Read about KEAs Study Activity Model
*KEA can deviate from the number of hours if this is justified by special circumstances