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By offering a BI Internship position, your company will have access to talented students who are eager to solve your challenges with a fresh eye and new ideas from the theory they have learned in the classroom.

BI Internship Master

Several of the BI Master programmes offer a BI Internship as an integrated part of the programme. 

Students perform an unpaid full-time internship over a period of 8 weeks from August to October. The BI Internship course is completed by writing a term paper.

What is required of the company?
Companies that participate in the BI Internship course are selected partners that want to establish closer cooperation with BI Norwegian Business School. The companies are characterised as important partners for BI and attractive employers for our recent graduates. Interested? Please contact BI’s Careers Service by sending an e-mail to careersservice@bi.no.

What is required of the student?
In order to be eligible for a BI Internship,  students need to have a GPA minimum of B and full study progression. To receive 12 ECTS for the course, students need to submit a term paper and receive a passing grade.

It is further expected that students participate in events (for example Kick-Off, Term Paper Guidance, End of Internship Meeting) that are a part of the course.

The following Master programmes offer a BI Internship as an elective: 

Programme When  Exam
MSc in Business 3rd semester/autumn Term paper
MSc in Leadership
and Organisational Psychology
3rd semester/autumn Term paper
MSc in Strategic Marketing Management 3rd semester/autumn Term paper
MSc Finance 2nd semester/spring Oral exam



BI Internship Bachelor

BI Internship is a credit-bearing course. Students perform unpaid work part-time over a period of 240 hours during one semester at a company of their choice and visit four academic gatherings at BI.

To complete the course, students must submit a term paper and pass an oral exam.

What is required of the company?
Companies wanting to participate need to show a willingness for mutual learning and development. In order to participate as partners in the BI Internship course, companies must fulfill certain requirements: 

  • Established company - which means minimum 3 operative years, 5 employees and 5 million in revenues
  • Not a sole proprietorship
  • Companies have to be located in Norway
  • A contact person must be appointed to follow up with the student and to facilitate dialogue with BI

If you have doubts about fulfilling the requirements, please get in touch with BI Careers Service by sending an e-mail to careersservice@bi.no. BI Careers Service can also help with when and how to publish a BI Internship position on the BI Career Portal. Read more about how to recruit for a BI Internship futher down.  

Since BI Internship is a credit-bearing course, BI requires students to perform relevant tasks in accordance to the programmes they are enrolled in. The company and the student sign the Learning Agreement together, a document that contains a specification of the tasks and expectations, before the student applies to the course.

We recommend the company contact person to attend the Kick-Off event prior to the internship in order to get acquainted with the course structure and to build relations with the students and BI. We further encourage the contact person to arrange regular feedback meetings with the student.

In addition to the 240 hours spent at the company, students need to follow four academic sessions at BI. It is therefore required that the student has a free day on these respective days.
At the end of the BI Internship period the company is required to write an “end of internship” confirmation stating that the students have worked 240 hours with the tasks specified in the learning agreement.

What is required of the student?
Students who chose a BI Internship as an elective have to get in touch with a company themselves, fill in the learning contract and then apply for admission to the course to BI Careers Service. We recommend that students keep an eye on the BI Career Portal since many companies publish relevant BI Internship positions there. But students can also be proactive contacting companies that have not published any position on the BI Career Portal.

In order to apply to the BI Internship course students need to have a GPA of C or better and adequate study progression.

What are typical tasks?
The tasks are defined by what the company needs and the student's competence. Examples can be: Market analyses, strategy development, customer follow-up, reporting, analyses, recruiting and accounting.

Should the student be paid for working at the company?
BI Internship is a credit-bearing course and the company is not allowed to pay the student.

The following programmes offer a BI Internship as an elective: (some are taught in Norwegian only).

Programme When  
Business Administration (BBA) 6th semester Spring
Økonomi og ledelse (siviløkonom) 4th semester Spring
Økonomi og forretningsjus 5th semester  Autumn
Entreprenørskap og økonomi  5th semester  Autumn
Finans  5th semester  Autumn
Creative Industries Management 5th semester  Autumn
Markedsføringsledelse  5th semester  Autumn
PR og Markedskommunikasjon  5th semester  Autumn
Retail Management  5th semester  Autumn
Økonomi og administrasjon 5th semester  Autumn

BI Internship on Exchange

Several Bachelor and Master programmes offer the chance to combine a credit-bearing BI Internship with exchange at one of BI's numerous partner schools.

BI Internship on Exchange Bachelor

As a Bachelor student you are awarded 7, 5 credits for taking a BI Internship on Exchange. Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and Bachelor Business students are eligible to work 120 hours at a company abroad of their choice while simultaneously studying at one of BI's partner schools.

What is required of the company?
Companies that want to participate need to show a willingness for mutual learning and development. In order to participate as partners in the BI Internship course, companies must fulfill certain requirements:

  • Established company - which means minimum 3 years operative, 5 employees and 5 million in revenues.
  • Not a sole proprietorship.
  • A contact person must be appointed to follow up with the student and to facilitate dialogue with BI.
  • A company in your host country

If you have doubts about fulfilling the requirements, please get in touch with BI Careers Service.

We highly encourage the company contact person to get in touch with BI Careers Service before publishing an internship position on the BI Career Portal in order to get acquainted with the course structure and to build closer relations with BI.

We further encourage the contact person to arrange regular feedback meetings with the student.

Since BI Internship is a credit-bearing course, BI requires students to perform relevant tasks in accordance to the programmes they are enrolled in. The Learning Agreement which is elaborated and signed by both the student and the company prior to the internship specifies the tasks the student will perform.

In addition to the 96 hours spent at the company, students need to attend a cross-cultural workshop prior to the internship and follow four online webinars. It is therefore required to have dialogue with the students in order to facilitate having time to attend the webinars.

At the end of the BI Internship period, the company is required to write an "end of internship" confirmation stating that the students have worked 120 hours with the tasks specified in the learning agreement.

Why is it worth publishing a BI Internship position?

  • Get exposed to BI students – employer branding!
  • Create an arena for mutual learning
  • Get support with challenges your organisation is facing
  • Contribute to sharing experiences between academia and business

What is required of the student?
In order to be eligible for a BI Internship on Exchange, the student must have been accepted for an exchange position by the International Office. 

In addition to the internship at the company, students are required to participate in a cross-cultural workshop prior to departure and at four webinars in order to get guidance with their mandatory internship report. The report should both be handed in and presented at the end of the internship period.

What is the application process?
BI Internship on Exchange is a credit-bearing course, which means that there are only a certain number of spots available and it is the academic supervisor together with BI Careers Service who make the ultimate decision. Students need to have a GPA of C or better and adequate study progression to be accepted. 

The students must fill in the online application form located at our student portal. They must attach CV CV, motivation letter and the Learning Agreement which should be completed in cooperation with the company.

Which programmes offer a BI Internship on Exchange?

Bachelor Programme When  
Bachelor of Business Administration 6th semester Spring
Økonomi og ledelse (Siviløkonom) 4th semester Spring

 

BI Internship on Exchange Master
BI Internship on Exchange is a 12 credit course for MSc Business. MSc Business students have the possibility to work 240-300 hours at a company abroad while studying at one of BI's partner schools

What is required of the company?
Companies that participate in a BI Internship on Exchange are companies that BI works together with on the BI Internship course and that offer an internship at one of their subsidiaries abroad. The companies are characterised as important partners for BI and attractive employers for our recent graduates.

What is required of the student?
In order to be eligible for the BI Internship course, the student needs to have a GPA of minimum B and full study progression. Furthermore, the student needs to be determined and open to expose himself/herself to both a new study and work culture. To receive 12 ECTS for the course, students need to submit a term paper and pass the course.

It is further expected that the student participates in a Kick-Off event prior to the start of a BI Internship on Exchange.

Which MSc programmes offer a BI Internship on Exchange?

MSc programme When  
MSc in Business 3rd semester Autumn

How to recruit students 

Master process

Companies that are interested in getting in touch with Master students via a BI Internship are asked to contact Careers Service by sending an e-mail to careersservice@bi.no.

Bachelor process

Companies that wish to be contacted by Bachelor students can announce their BI Internship position via the BI Career Portal. Students must reach out to the companies themselves, and the companies conduct their preferred recruitment process before a learning agreement is completed and signed by the student(s) and the company.

Finally, students apply for admission to the BI Internship course with the learning agreement, CV and motivation letter to Careers Service. It is the companies’ and students’ responsibility to get acquainted with the requirements BI has (see BI Internship Bachelor) to both parties. It is not guaranteed that the student will be offered a place on the course due to a growing competition the previous years. Admission is based on grades, study progression, motivation letter and CV.

Do you have questions regarding the application process? Please send an e-mail to Careers Service.

Do you want a BI intern? Plan ahead!
BI Internship is offered as a course at BI. The course has an internal application deadline that students must adhere to – November 1st and April 20th.

As a company, you should post a BI Internship advertisement in the BI Career Portal as early as August/September for students who can do a BI Internship in the following Spring semester (internal course application deadline: November 1st).

For students eligible for a BI Internship in the Autumn semester, the company should post the advertisement in January/February (internal course application deadline: April 20th).

Questions regarding posting internship positions in the BI Career Portal can be sent to Careers Service.

How can my company register a BI Internship/BI Internship on Exchange position in the BI Career Portal? 

  • Go to: https://karriere.bi.no/login.jsp and log in
  • Click “My account” and "Create new ad"
  • Complete the form like a normal job posting

    Add the title:
  • BI Internship Bachelor spring xxxx/company name (BI Internship Bachelor spring 2018/BI Norwegian Business School)
  • BI Internship on Exchange spring xxxx/company name
  • Tag: biinternshipbachelor
  • Contact Careers Service in regard to the application deadline, as this must be indicated in the application text.