Objectives of internship
The objectives of internship are:
- to link theory and practice through real work experience in order to embed and enhance learning and to achieve the learning outcomes of the study programme;
- to support and supplement the existing specialist skills and to create opportunities for learning new skills;
- to introduce the company’s/organisation’s daily work, work procedures, internal rules, quality and occupational safety aspects;
- to support the development of work habits, social attitudes and values, including the ability to work independently and in a team;
- to provide material for writing projects, research papers and theses.
Internship organisation and requirements
Internship is not subject to declaration, it can be carried out at any time (however it is recommended to focus on studies on the first academic year). As a rule, a student finds the host organisation by himself/herself; if necessary, with the help of internship coordinator. An internship coordinator is an advisor, who recommends companies that provide internship opportunities, if necessary, and explains and specifies requirements for the host organisation and the field of activity.
Internship workload and outcome
The workload of internship is indicated in the study programme. As a rule, 1 ECTS credit corresponds to 26 hours of work. The internship tasks have to support achievement of the learning outcomes set for the internship. If not sure, the internship coordinator of the speciality should be contacted.
Some companies that offer internships (for example "Ericsson Eesti AS") want to sign a triangular agreement (the organization, TalTech, the student) before the internship can begin. In such a case, please contact the internship coordinator Riina Tallo (Riina dot Tallo at taltech dot ee).
Assessment of internship
After the completion of internship the following documents must be submitted:
- a template-based application in ÕIS (Applications/submission of application/acceptance of practice);
- signed evaluation form of the supervisor at the host organisation;
- internship report (recommended structure is outlined in the internship general guidelines);
- other documents necessary to prove that an internship has been completed.
The form of internship defence is decided by the head of study programme.