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Qualified Internship for Sustainable Development

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ÖS0002 Qualified Internship for Sustainable Development, 30.0 Credits

Kvalificerad praktik för hållbar utveckling


Övrigt inom samhällsvetenskap

Education cycle

Master’s level


Title Credits Code
Single module 30.0 0101

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements(A1F)

Grading scale

Pass / Failed The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent

- 15 ECTS credits at second-cycle level

- Approved independent work at undergraduate level or bachelor’s degree

- At least one course relevant to the planned practice shall have been carried out

- Knowledge of English equivalent to English 6.


Upon completion of an internship, the student will be able to

- identify and describe/explain how the work with sustainable development is applied in different ways to a workplace

- analyze and discuss conditions for sustainable development at place of internship, and relate this to examples from relevant research

- explain and reflect on the internship organization’s role in society and its connection to global sustainable development

- suggest measures aiming to support organization’s sustainable development

- evaluate his/her own subject competence and its relevance to sustainable development.


The student shall during 16 weeks (minimum) participate in a full-time internship, with an appointed supervisor within a host organization. The work/tasks during the internship must have a clear relation to global sustainable development and train the student to work independently and in cooperation with others. The student shall during the time at the host organization have time to observe, interact and reflect upon relevant global sustainability issues while also taking part in the organization’s activities. Prior to and during the internship, a set of relevant articles or book chapters shall be read. Part of the literature is pre-defined for all course participants, and part of the literature shall be specific and decided by the academic supervisor in collaboration with the host supervisor and the student.

During and after the internship period, the student summarizes his / her experiences and reports these in the form of a logbook, midterm report and final report, as well as conversations with the academic supervisor. A midterm report serves as an account for the ongoing readings, journal keeping and reflections concerning the roles and responsibilities in the organization. The written report must contain a presentation of the internship, a general description of the assignments and reflections on the course objectives related to the current literature and an analysis of the role of the sub-unit where the student is doing his/her internship in the organization with reference to sustainable development. A more comprehensive final written report and an oral presentation must be completed and presented by the end of the internship.

Formats and requirements for examination

To complete the course the student has to fulfill

- active participation at the workplace during the whole internship

- approved written assignments (logbook, mid-report and final report), and

- approved oral presentation.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

The course is kept open for application throughout the academic year to facilitate adaptation to internships’ varying application periods. The student is always accepted with conditions to ensure that the supervisors and internship are available and that the requirement for a relevant course is met.

The responsibility to find a suitable host organization for the internship is essentially the responsibility of the student; the supervisor or examiner may, if possible, provide assistance.

The practical supervision is designed jointly by the host supervisor and the student and is regulated by an agreement between the host supervisor and the course leader.

The internship’s activities must be relevant to sustainable development and related to SLU’s areas of activity.

The student participates in the daily work on the internship site. The student has an academic supervisor and a supervisor in the workplace as a resource for questions and discussion.

Before the internship period, a number of reading material are selected as background material and references for the assignments in consultation with the academic supervisor.

The written report must contain a presentation of the internship, a general description of the assignments and reflections on the course objectives related to the current literature.

Additional information

In order to complete their registration, students need to provide a collaboration agreement between SLU and the host organization signed by the supervisor at the host organization. This collaboration agreement will be provided by the team leader and is available at the webpage of the course.

Students are strongly encouraged to contact the course leader a couple of months before the internship is expected to initiate, as the course leader will need to sort out details in terms of appropriate readings and available academic supervisors.

SLU is certified in accordance with PRIME-principles, Principles for Responsible Management Education ( Further, SLU is environmentally certified according to ISO 14001. A large part of our courses cover knowledge and skills that contribute positively to the triple bottom line, environmental social and financial value creation. To further strengthen this, we have specific sustainability goals for the education. Students are welcome to suggest actions regarding the course’s content and implementation that lead to sustainability improvements for the environment. For more information, see webpage

Responsible department

Department of Forest Economics

Cooperating departments:

Department of People and Society

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom skog (PN - S)

Grading criteria

There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Övrigt inom samhällsvetenskap
Course code: ÖS0002 Application code: SLU-10300 Location: Independent courses Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Forest Economics Pace: 100%