Copenhagen School of Design and Technology


Internship (INT)

Danish title
Praktik (DA)
Study programme
Product Development and Integrative Technology
Type of education
Full time education
Level of education
Bachelor (top-up)
7. semester
Duration of the subject/module
10 Weeks
Programme elements
Danish and English
Start time
Subject number
Responsible for the subject(s)/modul(es)
Steen Mandsfelt Eriksen
  • Purpose and learning objectives

    During the internships, students work with academically relevant issues within the core areas of the programme and obtains knowledge of relevant business functions.


    The student has acquired:
    - development-based knowledge of product development and integrative technology as applied in the company in question.
    - an understanding of practice, theories and methodology applied in the company in terms of its financial and organisational conditions, its products and markets, and an ability to reflect on the company’s use of innovation, product development and technology as well as sustainability.


    The student is able to:
    - apply methods and tools for the planning of systematic development tasks in the company,
    including interdisciplinary process elements, and master the management of these tasks
    - assess practice-oriented and theoretical issues in product development, optimisation and
    integration of technology as well as justify and select relevant theoretical and analytical
    working methods associated with development within the profession.
    - communicate practise-oriented and professional issues and solutions to partners, the company and users.


    The student is able to
    - manage complex and development-oriented situations in the company in question.
    - independently engage in academic and interdisciplinary collaboration and assume
    responsibility within the framework of a professional code of ethics.
    - identify their own learning requirements and develop their own knowledge, skills and
    competencies in relation to the profession and the requirements of the company in question.

  • Type of instruction
    KEA offers three types of internship
    1. Workplace experience
    2. Entrepreneurial internship
    3. International internship
  • Exam

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

    Prerequisites for access to the examination
    Based on the learning objectives for the internship, cf. section 3.5, the student and the supervisor/contact will jointly establish working assignments for the internship period which will then determine the planning of the student’s work during the internship period.

    The internship report, which constitutes the assessment criterion for the exams must have been submitted on time in accordance with the exam schedule which can be found on the intranet. It must meet the formal requirements found on the intranet

    Non-compliance with formal requirements, or late submission of the written report, means that the student cannot take the exam, and they will have used one exam attempt.
    Exam in one or more subjects
    Subject/module is tested standalone
    The internship period is considered a full-time job with the demands on working time, efforts, commitment and flexibility which a graduate in product development is likely to encounter in their first job.
    Type of exam
    Combined written and oral examination
    The exam is an external, individual oral exam assessed according to the Danish 7-point grading scale.

    Students are awarded one aggregate grade as an overall assessment of the written and the oral performance.

    The oral exam will be based on the submitted report and appendices, if any. The student is not supposed to present its report. Instead the examiner and possibly the co-examiner will ask questions in relation to the contents of the report. 25 minutes have been set aside for each examinee, of which 10 minutes are meant for deliberation and grading.
    Formal requirements
    The report must document the main results of the internship period. The report may be accompanied by pictures and videos.
    A short description of the company as well as a statement from the company's internship supervisor as documentation for the internship and the tasks performed must be appended.
    he report must be between 8 to 12 standard pages. Pictures and/or a 10-minute edited video (max.) and 1GB data volume may be appended to the report.
    A standard page is 2,400 characters including spaces and footnotes. Bibliography and appendices are not included. Appendices in the form of drawings, diagrams and the like will not be assessed.
    Individual exam or group exam
    Exam languages
    Danish (Norwegian/Swedish)
    25 minutes have been set aside for each examinee, of which 10 minutes are meant for deliberation and grading.
    Permitted exam aids
    All materials and aids, including electronic aids, are allowed unless otherwise stated in the individual exam. KEA may restrict the access to electronic devices for reasons of capacity.
    Type of evaluation
    7-point grading scale
    External censure
    Exam criteria
    The assessment criteria for the exam are equivalent to the learning objectives set up for the internship.
    Deadline for submission
    Deadline is found on the intranet
    Re-examination and re-examination due to illness
    Students who have been prevented from taking an examination due to a documented illness or another unforeseen circumstance will be given the opportunity to take a new exam as soon as possible. If the exam is in the final exam period of the programme, the student must be allowed to take the exam in the same period or in continuation of this period. The re-examination may be the same as the next regular exam. The student is responsible for finding out when the sick and re-exams take place.

    If several individual parts of an exam are to be graded separately, the student can only take an exam in the part(s) not yet completed. This also applies to exams where the individual grades are aggregated in one single grade.

    Illness must be documented by a medical certificate and KEA must have received the medical certificate three working days after the exam at the latest. If the illness is not documented, the student will have used an examination attempt.
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 10 hours of guidance from your counselor.

The rest of the time equivalent to 401 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: producing an internship contract and having it approved, evaluating the internship.

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