MITRA4400 – Field Term - Internship for Modern International and Transnational History Students

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In Error: java.lang.NullPointerException you will spend the greater part of the third semester on an internship that will give the you an opportunity to get relevant work experience, use your academic skill in a practical manner, and present yourself in an international work environment.

The semester will be split between your own work with the term paper/report and the work you will carry out for your client. 12-18 hours a week will be set aside for you to work on the term paper/report. UiO, the individual student, and the external client must decide in mutual consultation what the topic of the term paper/report should be. UiO has the academic responsibility for assuring the quality of the topic proposal and for the content of the term paper/report, plus the continuous academic follow-up from a supervisor.

Students that meet the requirements for Error: java.lang.NullPointerException can:

  • apply for internship through UiO's agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD). All contact with UD will be managed by UiO. NB! Only for students with a Norwegian citizenship.
  • apply for internship through the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History's (IAKH) agreements with the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Equinor or The Norwegian Institute Rome. All contact will be managed by IAKH.
  • find your own relevant internship that meets UiOs requirements. All internship partners must agree and sign The Faculty of Humanities' internship agreement.
  • MITRA-students from Norway must apply for an internship abroad, but can ask for an exception if the internship spot in Norway is in a highly international environment. International students (both from and outside EU/EEC) will be allowed to apply for an internship in Norway. The internship in Norway must be in a international work environment. The reason for this exception is possible complications with residence permit and work visas. International students who would like to do apply for an internship outside of Norway should consult the student advisor.

Learning outcome

Error: java.lang.NullPointerException offer students a chance to gather practical work experience in areas of the job market potentially open to graduates of the MITRA program. It will give students the opportunity to put in practice some of the competences and skills acquired during their studies and open their minds to opportunities for their further application. Furthermore the internship can provide the students with new networks and increased awareness of competence, in particular the connection between theory and practice.

After you have taken this course you are expected to:

  • be able to teamwork in a international work environment
  • be aware of your academic competences and be able to express these to an future employer
  • plan, execute and finish an independent paper and write an abstract to your client


Only master's students admitted to Modern International and Transnational History can apply. Error: java.lang.NullPointerException is to be completed in the third semester

You can only be admitted to the course if a relevant client is found and agrees upon cooperation. It is the client itself which will have the final word regarding whether your internship proposal is accepted or not accepted. The admission to the UD & PRIO agreement is limited by the number of internship spots available.

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NB! International students on the programme who would like to do an internship outside of Norway must contact the student advisor to plan the process. This should be done early in the semester prior.  

Application deadlines:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • March 1

Peace Research Institute Oslo, PRIO Cyprus Centre, Equinor Brussels, The Norwegian Institute Rome & Nobel Institute 

  • April 1

Internship arranged on your own

  • May 15

Prior to the deadline all students will be invited to an information meeting, and you are strongly adivced to attend this meeting. For UiO's agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD) a separate information meeting will be held each semester.

To apply for UiO's agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD) you must:

  • fill out the application form (bm/nn) and hand it in before the deadline (For student with an Norwegian citizenship)
  • write a personal application in English, 1 page maximum.
  • attach your CV
  • attach your transcript of records
  • attach a letter of recommendation from one of your teachers.

To apply for IAKH's agreements you must:

  • fill out the application form (eng) and hand it in before the deadline
  • write a personal application in English, 1 page maximum.
  • attach your CV
  • attach your transcript of records
  • attach a letter of recommendation from one of your teachers.

If you plan to arrange an internship agreement on your own you must:

  • fill out the application form (eng) and hand it in before the deadline
  • get your potential internship agreement approved by IAKH before you contact them
  • get your potential internship partner to sign the Faculty of Humanities internship agreement

IAKH wil be able to assist you with information about MITRA4400 to a potential internship partner, as well as the Faculty of Humanities internship agreement.

All students are responsible to arrange visa/work permit for themselves. Please read the additional practical information here.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

You must have passed exams equivalent to 30 credits as part of the master's programme Modern International and Transnational History before your third semester.


Teaching consists of a combination of collective and individual academic supervision. The supervision will be given mainly by phone/conference call and/or email. The supervision given will be based on your disposition and draft of the term paper/report.

Resources and information in this course will be given in Canvas.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


The exam consist of a term paper/report written during the internship and an abstract. The length of the assignment should be 15-20 standard pages (2300 characters without spacing). The abstract should be 1-3 standard pages.

The assignment should be complete with a front page containing the following information:

  • candidate number (not name)
  • subject code
  • the title of the assignment
  • name of department (IAKH)
  • semester

Submission of assignment: 

  • the assignment is to be submitted in Inspera.
  • the file must be submitted in pdf-format and we stress that the student is responsible for making sure that the files are readable. If you need assistance in converting your file into pdf, we recommend that you follow these instructions.
  • The file must be named with your candidate number (not your name) and the course code (MITRA4400)

The examination of this course is integrated in the teaching of the course and it is therefore not possible to sit for the examination other than by being admitted to the course.

Written examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Submission in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read more about how to submit in Inspera.

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 scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Withdrawal from an examination

If you have not passed the examination in MITRA4400, you will have the option to hand in a revised term paper/report at a later date. The deadline for handing in the revised term paper/report will be decided by IAKH. If you have passed the examination in MITRA4400 you will not be able to hand in a revised term paper/report.   


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

Facts about this course






This course will be taught for the first time in the autumn semester 2018 and then every autumn semester onwards.


The first exam for this course will be held in the autumn semester 2018 and then every autumn semester onwards.

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