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2023/2024  BA-BHAAV2705U  Internship in CSE-based startup

English Title
Internship in CSE-based startup

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Lena Olaison - Department of Business Humanities and Law (BHL)
  • Maximilian Schellmann - Department of Business Humanities and Law (BHL)
Main academic disciplines
  • Entrepreneurship
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 08-06-2023

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Learning objectives
In this internship, the student must demonstrate:
  • Ability to account for the research question and its relevance in relation the start-up in which the internship is taking place
  • Ability to account for the chosen literature’s relevance to the research question and to the start-up of the internship
  • Ability to analyse, discuss and provide a perspective on the tasks performed during the internship in relation to relevant literature
  • Ability to reflect critically on theories and methods in relation to the field of practice of the internship
  • Provide thoughtful implications of the work for other startups and the account for the boundaries of these implications
Course prerequisites
You have to be enrolled in the minor in entrepreneurship and hence also elect Entrepreneurial Strategy, Entrepreneurial Finance and Entrepreneurial Business Planning and Development.

There are three types of internships in a startup:
- Internship in students’ own startup
- Internship in a CSE startup
- Internship in a CSE alumni and/or partner startup

Registration process:

1. Students must apply to CSE with their own startup (idea) (internship in own startup) or the idea of an existing CSE startup (internship in another CSE/alumni startup) in order to become an active member of Copenhagen School of Entrepreneurship (CSE) community which means to be enrolled in CSE’s Incubation or Acceleration programs. To learn more about the CSE application process see here: https:/​/​cse.cbs.dk/​internship-with-ects/​.
Note: If the student AND the startup interning in is already part of CSE students can skip to step 2.

2. Students must sign up to this course during the electives rounds at CBS. More information about how to sign up for electives can be found here: https:/​/​studentcbs.sharepoint.com/​sites/​ChoicesAndOptions/​SitePages/​en/​Registration-for-electives.aspx
Prerequisites for registering for the exam (activities during the teaching period)
Number of compulsory activities which must be approved (see section 13 of the Programme Regulations): 1
Oral presentations etc.
Students must provide the internship completion certificate from the Copenhagen School of Entrepreneurship (CSE).
Internship in CSE-based startup:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 15 pages
Assignment type Essay
Release of assignment Subject chosen by students themselves, see guidelines if any
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale Pass / Fail
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

‘The CSE-based Startup’ provides students with the opportunity to collect hands-on experiences in developing their own or another CSE startup while developing a research paper that tackles an entrepreneurial problem. ‘The CSE-based Startup’ offers students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of developing an entrepreneurial venture. The main objective of the internship is to link business theory with entrepreneurial practice. The program has high demands both on the practical side of developing a startup or business idea within the entrepreneurial ecosystem at CSE AND on the academic side of crafting a qualified piece of academic research based on students’ entrepreneurial experiences.


The Internship Process

The internship process focuses on developing students’ entrepreneurial knowledge and equips them for resolving humanity’s challenges of today and tomorrow through building their own entrepreneurial venture. Therefore, it is required that students participate in 6-8 mandatory activities each semester that may include the following:

kick off and concluding events to plan, goal set, meet entrepreneurial peers and reflect; business development sessions (combination of teaching, workshop and peer-peer learning format), individual feedback from CSE staff; access to CSE startup workshops within customer, user & business validation, business model innovation, pitch & presentation practice among other workshops to build & apply one’s entrepreneurial competence, office space and what we offer as CSE workplace provider. If students fail to participate in all mandatory sessions, they cannot complete the ‘CSE-based Startup’.


The Supervision Process:

Students must find an academic supervisor within the first week of ‘the CSE-based Startup’. The CBS supervisor must be an academic faculty employed at CBS within the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship or with expertise knowledge within the startup’s business field. Individual students are eligible for four hours of supervision, and teams are eligible for five hours. During the first six weeks of ‘the CSE-based Startup’ students should reach an agreement with your CBS academic supervisor on a topic and a research question that is linked to their business problem and falls within the subject area of students’ study program. The academic supervisors are responsible for guidance on the research paper, which students will hand in at the end of the project. Their role is similar to a bachelor/master thesis supervisor in that they provide input and feedback on questions about academic literature, research question, methodology, and discussion of findings. They will not help you with developing students’ business. Teaching formats are individual or group sessions where the supervisor gives guidance or feedback on the students’ research paper. 


Bridging your Internship Experience with writing your Research Paper

CBS faculty associated to CSE will provide the students with input on how to close the gap between their practical internship experience and writing a research paper. There will be several sessions that – on a general level – cover topics such as identifying a business problem, formulating a research question, finding academic literature, collecting and analyzing data. It is important to stress that this input is specifically adjusted to the types of entrepreneurial experiences students have during their internship program. However, it is not specific in relation to each students’ individual project for which guidance will be provided by the academic supervisor.

Description of the teaching methods
Academic Supervisor: supervision, reading of drafts, conversations (both online and offline)
CSE: Workshops, business development sessions, community sessions, exercises
Feedback during the teaching period
Group supervision and feedback by academic supervisors on research. Group and individual feedback on startup by CSE staff. Workshop sessions with CSE-associated academic staff on bridging the gap between theory and practice.
Student workload
Sessions and workshops provided by CSE (incl. preparation) 16 hours
Academic supervision 4 hours
Study of literature, data, analysis 98 hours
Writing of the report 50 hours
Working on own startup 88 hours
Expected literature

The student has to define his/her own literature which has to go beyond that studied in the minor.  

Last updated on 08-06-2023