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Course content

The course offers DECC-students the opportunity to undertake an internship and to use academic knowledge, skills and compentence in a relevant work situation. The host institution could be a relevant NGO, research institution, private company, or ministry/directorate, in Norway or abroad.

Examples of tasks:

  • collect, analyse and/or present data and information
  • prepare meetings
  • organize events
  • communication work
  • administrative tasks

The scope of the work must be equvalent to 6 weeks full-time work. In order to receive credit points for the internship, the student has to submit an academic course paper after the internship period. One day a week should be spent working on the paper. The students shall receive no remuneration for the work or from the institution during the internship period.

SUM has limited administrative capacity to initiate contact between students and relevant institutions. Students must therefore explore internship options themselves.

Learning outcome

When completing the course you will have:

  • acquired practical work experience within the field of development and environment.
  • acquired experience in putting your theoretical knowledge into practice.
  • increased awareness about your own competence, and are better prepared for the transition from student life to career.
  • acquired specific in-depth knowledge on the theme of the institution.
  • can apply your knowledge and skills to current challenges within the field of sustainable development.
  • can communicate academic issues in the cultural field of sustainability, adapting your language to communicate with both specialists and the general public.
  • carried out an independend academic project.


The course is restricted to students enrolled in the Development, Environment and Cultural Change master’s programme.

Students will not able to register for the course in StudentWeb. The Study coordinator will do the registrations once an internship agreement is signed by the student and the host institution.

SUM/DECC has limited administrative capacity to initiate contact between students and relevant institutions. Students must therefore explore internship options themselves, but the institution must be approved by SUM before you contact them.

The student is responsible for ensuring that the contract is signed by all parts before s/he can start the internship.

Students going abroad are responsible to arrange visa/work permit and insurrance for themselves.


The student should participate in the daily activities at the host institution for 30 days, preferably during a 6 week period, or alternatively part time throughout the semester. The student must have a contact person at the host institution as well as a supervisor at SUM. The supervisor at SUM will either be the one assigned for your master’s thesis, or one that will be assigned based on field/topic of the course paper.


In order to pass the course you must submit a course paper. The length of the paper should be 10 standard pages (2300 characters without spacing).

SUM, the individual student, and the external client must decide in mutual consultation what the topic of the course paper should be. The paper must be written according to academic standards expected at masterlevel. SUM has the academic responsibility for the term paper, and the academic follow-up from a supervisor.

Sumission deadline is usually one week after the end of the internship period, but that depends wether it is a full time or part time internship. The Study coordinator will set the deadline when the internship agreement has been signed.


Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

A term paper or equivalent that is passed may not be resubmitted in revised form.

If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Periodic Evaluation, Spring 2018

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