The third semester you do an internship for about 10 weeks. The internship must be of academic relevance but should also mirror the academic job market awaiting you after graduation. This means that the sort of work you will attend to should require your academic competences in applied cultural analysis. In a written project description you state what sort of work will be carried out during the internship and what kind of product or result you are to hand over to the organization. Depending on the internship provider it could be key findings, recommendations, power point presentations, a folder, an article, a home page etc.
By the end of your internship, you are expected to present your “results” or “findings” for the company or organization that you have worked for. In this presentation you must use your acquired academic competences but at the same time present your insights in ways that make sense to the organization in question.
On the basis of your internship, at written report must be submitted to the university. It should include a brief description of your project and deal with reflections on the course of the internship and the presentation for the organization. You need to address what you have learned about organization and communication during your internship.
Elin Hägg, MACA 11: Pickling and preserving in the time of the blog, 2012
From June to November 2012 I’m an intern at Skånes Hembygdsförbund, one of the regional heritage federations, with their office in Lund, Skåne. My project is focusing on a growing interest amongst youth in Sweden concerning historical artefacts, cultural heritage and a way of life mostly associated to times long gone. This interest can be seen online and in real life where clothing, objects, ways of preserving food and handicrafts is shared online and in real life. This interest for history, cultural heritage and everyday life can be recognized from the Swedish “hembygds”-movement, however, not a lot of young people find their way in to this organization. The name of the project, both in Swedish and the English name you can see here, tries to incorporate the symbolic act of preserving culture and history to new generations as well as the literal act of preserving and pickling food. Click here to visit the blog.
Grace Teresa Allendes, MACA 10: Internship in Bolivia, 2011
During a period of ten weeks I worked as an intern at a Development NGO in Bolivia (ECAM). I learned about its operation by taking part in daily activities and conducting a specific research project. The project was ordered by the organization and had as aim to identify the pros and cons of the existing conditions for a potential strategic alliance between women from the rural and urban areas of Tarija. Located within the department of Political Rights I was also asked to help the staff with the workshops that they conduct both in the city and the countryside. I wrote an article for ECAM´s monthly journal on behalf of the department and participated in activities such as protests and meetings with authorities. By joining the department as labor force and simultaneously conducting the research I had the opportunity to gain a deep understanding of the organization and collect for my master’s thesis.