Why do an internship in a startup?

Do you wish to get hands-on experience working in a startup – including your own?
Do you want to combine your entrepreneurship experience with your academic studies, developing your analytical AND practical skills?

Then do an internship in a startup! You can earn up to 15 ECTS credits for the internship elective.

Who can do an internship in a startup?

If you are a CBS bachelor or master student enrolled in the CSE Incubation Programme; Proof Programme.
The ECTS credit transfer is a collaboration between CBS and CSE.
If you are enrolled in a different university please check with your university if this is possible for you.

When can I do an internship in a startup with ECTS?

  • 5th semester on the bachelor’s degree
  • 3rd semester on the master’s degree
    NB! On some study lines, internships are possible in the Spring/2nd semester on the master’s eg. E-business.

How to apply?

  1. 1st option: Apply through the CBS elective course code ‘CSE Entrepreneurship Programme’ check if your study displays the elective on the ‘positive’ list of electives
    2nd option: Go to my.cbs –> Internship –> and read about how to apply for internship on your study programme
    3rd option: Go to the CBS Course Catalogue –> type “cse” in the search bar –> find your study to know if your study programme is offering the possibility to take an internship in a startup via CSE
  2. The startup must be approved by the CSE by being enrolled in the CSE Proof Programme or be a CSE alumni company
    –> INFORM CSE THAT YOU HAVE APPLIED TO THE INTERNSHIP BY FILLING OUT THIS FORM: https://podio.com/webforms/22863192/1758689

CBS will be your academic anchor. CSE will support you on the business side.

NB! This is not a structured teaching based course. This opportunity for an internship requires you to be ready to work independently and be able to structure your own time. You will grow your entrepreneurial skills as well as your project management competencies.

Important dates during the Internship with ECTS Fall 2020 below


What does an internship in a startup entail?

Alongside the work you are doing within the startup, you are expected to undertake the following:

Find a CBS Academic Supervisor

The student must find an academic supervisor from CBS and organize meetings with the supervisor during the internship period.
To search for a relevant supervisor try Experts@cbs or reach out to a favorite and relevant professor at CBS.

Attend Business Development Sessions

CSE will facilitate business development group sessions. This will be a great place to share insights within the
entrepreneurial field, where you are at in your startup and learn from experienced startups and share your knowledge.

Demonstrate progress

The student must maintain an ongoing reflection paper (agenda summary or logbook) that must contain weekly
considerations of goals, challenges, action plans and progress. It can be used in the exam report as data to be included in the an appendix.


Students participating in the internship have the opportunity to avail of certain CSE services and offerings:

Possibility for external mentoring

The CSE staff will reach out to the CSE mentor corps network to match the student with an industry mentor if possible.

Office space at CSE

The student can use the CSE facilities together with all other CSE startups e.g. office space, meeting rooms, lawyer and IP rights advice, online community, accounting counseling, kitchen, printing area.

Important dates during the Internship with ECTS Fall 2020 

Official KICK OFF: Monday 7th September from 2-4 pm

Meet your fellow peers in other startups. Walk through of the offerings at CSE you can tap into during the internship. Get tips and tricks for the academic deliverable and academic internship report.

Group Business Development Sessions

These sessions are by far the most popular and best thing about doing the internship in a startup at CSE. You will get the chance to meet the other interns in other startups. The sessions are focused on peer-to-peer learning and experiences. Sharing of stories – mostly with issues that are difficult or that you or your peers need help to solve. These sessions are a huge learning opportunity for you. Both in skills, network, experiences and will help you move forward in your startup.

Final exam and deadlines

Details concerning exam form, CBS academic supervisor hours and requirements concerning the academic exam report will
differ across study programs. It is the students’ responsibility to know the specific requirements for their own study, including
hand-in deadlines, re-exam deadlines, and process in case of illness.
Typically, the academic deliverable will be in the form of a 20-30 pages exam assignment integrating both theoretical components and a practical application linked to the internship.

For more information contact CSE: Britta Ravn Bjerglund, Business Developer for Startups brb.edu@cbs.dk

This opportunity is backed by the European Social Fund


We wanted to work full time on our business and also it was a great opportunity to try and work with some of the things we have learned about project management and put it into the real life of our startup

Rasmus & Andreas

Founders of ØNSK. Studying HA/Project Management
A lot of the courses that you had in your CBS semesters, like accounting, you don’t truly know what it is until you’ve actually done it yourself. From reading bylaws to founding your company,” doing your first bookkeeping - it is something way different doing it yourself and trying it out

Matthew and Marc

Founders of GameBettor. Studying MSc E-business
I saw it as a good opportunity and a fine balance between my studies and also my business. Because you are not only working on your business you also have to write an academic report
and that way create a link between your studies and your startup. And that makes you reflect ” and think in a different way than you would have done just spending your time on your business


Co-founder of Novaheim. Studying MSc Management of Creative Business Processes

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