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Internship in Sweden or abroad

Who can apply for the internship course?   

At the Department of Global Political Studies, students at the following programmes have the opportunity to conduct an internship during one semester:

  • Peace and Conflict Studies (Bachelor)
  • International Relations (Bachelor)
  • European Studies (Bachelor)
  • Human Rights (Bachelor)
  • International Migration and Ethnic Relations (Bachelor and two-year Master)

You need to be motivated, responsible and committed in order to conduct an internship. Note that it takes time and effort to find a place of internship. We do not book individual appointments with students interested in doing internships, instead we recommend that you attend the information session that we offer in the beginning of each semester. You need to have 60 approved credits in the major subject within your programme to do an internship as part of your programme.

Internship as an elective course

An internship is carried out during the elective semester of your study programme at GPS/MAH. The entry requirement for the internship course is 60 approved credits with a certain progression in your major subject

Your elective semester can be the 3rd, 4th or 5th semester of your programme. Please find out by checking the applicable syllabus for your particular programme (N.B.! Check the applicable version at the time when you were accepted to the programme). Make sure you meet the entry requirements before you apply for an internship.

We make no exceptions when it comes to deadlines or requirements! Therefore, it is recommended to apply for an alternative course at antagning.se in case you do not find a place of internship, or cannot have your place approved.

Download: Application form for the internship course (deadline December 1).

The purpose of the internship

The aims of the internship are, firstly, to give you the opportunity to apply the knowledge of your major subject on a practical level, and, secondly, to provide you with experiences from practical work within the subject at various levels of society, such as information dissemination, training, planning and reporting. The internship must be clearly linked to your major subject. Please note that tasks such as teaching English will not be approved, since you are not studying to be an English teacher. 

How to find an internship

You are responsible for finding and organizing your internship and it is a good idea to start your search about six months in advance. When you are looking for a place of internship, be persistent. Be prepared to put some work into finding a good place of internship. Start with a general search to learn about the wide variety of opportunities. Continue with the websites that let you search specifically for internships. Network, talk to family members, friends and everyone you know who might be in a position to recommend you for an internship or help you locate one. Next, begin to work on your resume (CV) and supporting documents.

Important points to consider when looking for an internship

  • Your internship activities must have a strong connection to your major subject.
  • You must arrange your internship yourself and your place of internship must be approved by the Internship Coordinator.
  • Internships must be unpaid and must be between 18-20 weeks on a full-time basis. 
  • You must have a supervisor at your place of internship and exact dates for the duration of your internship.
  • Keep in mind that internships in countries or areas that the Department of Foreign Affairs (UD) advises against entering will not be accepted by Malmö University.
  • Before you start the internship a written agreement must exist between Malmö University and the place of internship.
  • If you need a cover letter confirming that you are a student at Malmö University and that the internship is a part of your education, please e-mail Maria Nilsson

Once you have been offered a place of internship, please do the following:

Hand in your application according to the instructions on the form. Attach a document with the following information about the place you have been offered:

  • The name of the workplace, description of the field of activity and contact information.
  • The connection between the internship and your major subject. Please don't send links.
  • The name of your supervisor and contact information, inluding email address.
  • The tasks you will have during your internship. 
  • The exact dates of the duration of your internship - a minimum of 18 weeks.

Once the place of internship has been approved, the next step is to make an application in the database Moveon (only if you are going abroad). Please send an e-mail to Maria Nilsson if you need to apply through the Moveon database. After your applications are finished, and your eligibility for the Internship course is confirmed, the Internship Administrator will arrange an agreement between Malmö University and your place of internship. When the contract is settled, you will get an insurance card sent to your home address by the International Office.  

Internship abroad

Many students choose to do an internship abroad. However, do keep in mind that internships in countries or areas that the Department of Foreign Affairs (UD) advises against entering will not be accepted by the university ("UD avråder från resor"). We make NO exceptions, and we are sometimes stricter than UD in our individual assessments of countries of internship, always for security reasons. The Department of Foreign Affairs normally advises against visits to countries or areas where there is war, war-like situations or other disturbances, and in some cases, terrorist attacks and natural disasters. (See also "UD:s råd inför utlandsresan".)

Consider the fact that it may be challenging to work in a developing country under difficult conditions. If you decide to interrupt your internship because it is too difficult, it means you get none of the 30 credits for the Internship course. If you are not an experienced traveler we recommend that you look for a place of internship in Sweden or Europe.

Insurance coverage during your internship abroad
Please note that you are not automatically covered by Kammarkollegiets Student UT insurance scheme during an internship placement abroad. In order for you to be covered by the insurance scheme, Malmö University must have a documented agreement/contract with the company or organisation where you are doing your internship. Keep in mind that the insurance is only valid in the country in which the internship is registered; including direct traveling to and from this country. The insurance covers up to 14 days before and after your internship dates. More information about the Insurance, Terms and Conditions, and Claim form.

Last updated by Ida Rosqvist