Academic Internship


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

This module is based on knowledge gained on the 1st and 2nd Semester of the MSc in Operations and Innovation Management programme.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Deep knowledge of the subject matter in the specific area of the project


  • Solve complex business problems using operation and innovation management theory and concepts and management engineering methods and tools
  • Evaluate and choose among potentially relevant theories, concepts and methodologies applied in the analysis and solution design of a practical business engineering problem
  • Evaluate the relevance and limitations of the theories, concepts, methods and tools actually applied in the project
  • Account for any choices made during the problem analysis and solution development
  • Develop solution alternatives and evaluate the performance, strategic, organizational, managerial and other relevant prerequisites for and consequences of solution alternatives and make a well-informed choice based on that
  • Plan, execute and report an extensive individual research project within an agreed time frame
  • Write a well-structured project report, which meets all the usual requirements of an academic work, including:
    • Empirical background
    • Research problem/project objective
    • Relevant theory
    • Research design:
      • Detailed questions/objectives
      • An account of the data collection and data validation methods, data sources
      • An account of the analytical methods used and methods used to validate the findings.
      • An account of the methods used to develop recommendations/solutions to resolve the research problem/achieve the project objective
    • Presentation and validation of data
    • Presentation, validation and discussion of analytical findings
    • Presentation and validation of recommendations/solutions
    • Evaluation of the project; i.e., findings, methods and, if relevant, considerations regarding the limitations and generalizability of the study.
    • specific for internship:  a personal reflection is required, a reflection on: how was it to work alone, full-time in a company, and, if applicable, in a different country with a different culture, language, industrial structure, etc.


  • Analyze and solve an actual problem of industrial relevance through application of systematic research and development processes, including advanced analytical, experimental, and/or numerical methods and models.
  • Work together with a manufacturing or service organization and identify operations and/or innovation management problems and finally develop data driven and robust solutions using technologies.
  • Operationalize theoretical contributions in a practical setting
  • Compare and critically evaluate the results of the project in relation to existing knowledge and accepted theories within the subject area
  • Consider economic and other consequences of the proposed solutions
  • Communicate a balanced view of the results and conclusions of the project in well-organized written and oral presentation

Type of instruction

The student is included in the company’s daily work and carry out independent project work on an industrial problem relevant for the company. Concurrent to the work in the company, the student makes a project report, which is evaluated after the ending of the internship.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 30 ECTS project module the expected workload is 900 hours for the student.



Name of examAcademic Internship
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleProjektorienteret forløb i en virksomhed
Module codeM-OIM-K3-2
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Production
DepartmentDepartment of Materials and Production
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science