Vi samler statistik ved hjælp af cookies

Vi bruger cookies til at forbedre hjemmesiden til glæde for vores brugere. Du kan altid slette cookies fra os igen.

Stepping up study and internship abroad

– a strategy for enhanced outbound mobility in the academy profession and professional bachelor education programmes

6.2. Interest in actively contributing to internship positions abroad

An internship is a compulsory part of the academy profession and professional bachelor education programmes, and it may be an obvious opportunity for the students to go abroad.

It is therefore relevant to ask the enterprises how they view internships abroad and to what extent the enterprises are interested in actively contributing to the establishment of internships abroad for students from Denmark.

In a questionnaire survey, only 16% of the private enterprises answer yes to the question if the institution would be interested in arranging internships abroad, whereas it is the case for 25% of the public enterprises.

Most of the interviewed enterprises viewed internships abroad very positively, and many believe that the students benefit greatly from travelling out in the world, particularly with respect to maturity and independence.

Many enterprises express that they would use their network and international contacts to establish internships abroad.

In practice, however, not many of the interviewed enterprises participate actively in establishing internship positions abroad. The reasons given by the enterprises for not participating actively may be summarised under the following headings:

  • Lack of knowledge, help, and information: Often, the enterprises do not know where and whom to address to obtain information about internships abroad. Several ask for a central administrative organ.
  • Absence of calls: Several enterprises say they have never been contacted by educational institutions or students.
  • The frames are too narrow: Many enterprises wish for greater flexibility in the organisation of internships.
  • Absence of academic focus during the internship abroad: A number of enterprises call for a concretisation of what the students really learn in an internship abroad.
  • The students are discriminatory/small cohorts: Many enterprises experience that the students are discriminatory and particular about the countries in which they want their internship.
  • Absence of tradition: The majority of the enterprises clearly express that they do not have a tradition for establishing internships abroad.
Table 6.1: How do the enterprises experience internationalisation?

Private sector

  • Increased price competition
  • Global economy
  • Increased pressure on wages
  • Lack of specialised work power
  • Larger market, new customers

Public sector

  • Increased documentation requirements
  • Demands from the citizens for more individualised and flexible services
  • Tightened requirements for formal education (in notices of open positions for educators etc.)

Common to both sectors

  • Increased professional specialisation and demand for higher educational level
  • Better language skills
  • Demand for increased flexibility – you must wear many hats
  • Increased focus on personality and collaboration skills
  • New global mix of employees