Within the Master's Programme in Business and Management and the Master's Programme in Accounting and Financial Management the third semester is elective, which means that you can to do an Internship at a company or organisation.

Presentation regarding Internship (pdf)

About the Internship

You need to have finished 30 credits within the Master's Programme in order to fulfil the requirements for the Internship. All the paperwork should be handed in by 15 April with a job description as an appendix. If you do not have everything in place by then you are advised to apply for courses just to make sure that you have something to do during the autumn semester.

The Intership has to be suitable for studies and future work. The student cannot be paid a salary and the Internship has to be done within the autumn semester. To be allowed to do an Internship you need to have completed at least 30 credits within the Master's Programme.

The internship period is 20 weeks, and should correspond to the autumn semester. This is due to insurance reasons, you will be covered by an insurance from Kammarkollegiet. This insurance covers two weeks before the course starts and two weeks after the course ends. This is the time span you have to follow. Any time outside this cannot be part of the internship agreement with the University. 

The student contact prospective companies to enquire about an Internship position during the autumn semester. The University does not provide students with Internships. The contract with the workplace has to be signed before the deadline early in the spring.

Since you are not guaranteed an Internship position, we recommend that you also apply for single courses.

Application process

Application to the Internship course is done in two steps. You do not apply to the course through

  1. Send in a letter of interest to In the e-mail it must be clear which organisation you have applied to and the preliminary respond date from the organisation. You are allowed to state several organisations. Correspondence from the organisation(s) should be attached to the e-mail.
  2. Send in the signed contract together with the appendix which describes your main tasks, to The main tasks should consist of shadowing, daily work and a special task.

Other dates

  • Students who have sent in their Internship application no later than the 22 May  and fulfil the entry requirements no later than 20 June will receive a notification from the Department of Business Studies that they have been registered to the Internship course.
  • For students who have sent in their Internship application no later than the 22 May, and who have been admitted with conditions, i.e. who did not fulfil the entry requirements on the date above: You must send in a transcript and show that you fulfil the requirements no later than 8 o'clock on 31 August. You will then be registered to the Internship course. It is not possible to get this notification during the summer holiday.
  • During the month of October there will be an Internship day at the Department, focusing on the written report you are expected to write and hand in at the end of the course.
Important dates 2020
  • 15 April - Deadline for sending in a letter of interest to
  • 22 May - deadline to send in the signed contract to If you send this in no later than 22 May you will be registered and get your admissions result before midsummer. 
    August 17, 2020: Extended deadline, but the very last day to hand in your contract in case you would like to do an internship starting no earlier than August 31.


Contract agreement (pdf)
Appendix 1 (Word)
Local supervisor questionnaire (Word)


You need to be a Master's student at the Business Department at Uppsala University and have finished 30 credits in order to fulfil the requirements for the Internship course. If you apply for exchange studies abroad and accept such a position, you cannot apply for the Internship course.

Before we can admit you to the Internship course we will get in touch with the Internship supervisor to make sure that the assignments are relevant for your education. If not we cannot admitt you to the course.


In order to pass the course you need to write and send in a report. The report should focus on and discuss the empirical experiences you have had during the Internship in relation to theoretical discussions held at the specialisation courses on the Master's Programme.



At the hosting organisation a local supervisor is appointed responsible for introducing, instructing, following up and supporting the student during the Internship period.

The supervisor and the student will jointly set up a plan for how the Internship position is to be carried out. It is advisable that the student early on is assigned specific tasks in order to get in contact with assignments and other employees at the hosting organisation.

The supervisors skills and experience is key resources during the Internship period. Integration of theory and practice is a process in which the supervisor is supposed to facilitate knowledge and give guidance in order to solve concrete questions and tasks, and also to discuss and share his or her professional experiences. The work at the hosting organisation should be structured so that the student will get the opportunity to participate in a task that involves analysing a project or something similar.

In many cases the Internship position offers the opportunity to formulate a topic for the upcoming Master's thesis. It is not uncommon that data collection for this thesis can start already during the Internship position in collaboration with the hosting organisation.

The Master's Programme coordinator is responsible for maintaining the contact with the hosting organisation and the student/intern.

Internship tasks

The internship tasks can be divided into three parts. These parts can differ in size and impact during the Internship period but they all need to be touched upon during the semester.

  • Shadowing:
    The student follows the supervisor to meetings and everyday work in order to see how the work is conducted.
  • Daily work:
    During the period the student becomes involved in the daily operation at the host organisation. This responsibility often grows gradually during the semester.
  • Special task:
    The student should have a special task that goes beyond the daily routines at the organisation. It can be anything from investigating the impact of a new EU directive, investigate potential new markets or do customer analysis of a new market segment. It should be a task of importance for the organisation but might be categorised as nice to know rather than need to know.

Working hours/absence

The working hours of the student is supposed to be similar to that of other employees. The student is allowed five days of leave during the time of the Internship position. It is up to the supervisor and the student to decide when these days are to be used.


The hosting organisation is not liable to compensate the student in terms of salary or any other monetary compensation. The student is allowed study allowance, financial aid from the Swedish Board for Study Support. It is also the responsibility of the student to arrange for his or her own accommodation. However, extra money for covering expenses or such things is allowed.


Uppsala University has an insurance agreement with the Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency - Kammarkollegiet - covering studies or Internships in Sweden and abroad. This insurance is valid for the time period of the Internship position.


The local supervisor at the hosting organisation should also hand in an evaluation form to the coordinator. A form for this can be found above under "Forms".


At the end of the Internship period it is preferable that the hosting organisation writes a certificate to the student with respect to the time spent at the organisation.


Course Syllabus (pdf)


During the spring semester Internship adds from companies/organisations will be published here. Some of the offered Internship adds might only be in Swedish.


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