AB-208 Internship in Arctic Biology (15 ECTS)

AB-330/830 fieldwork in Van Mijenfjorden, April 2016. Photo: Ane Cecilie Kvernvik/UNIS

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ID:
AB-208
CREDITS:
15 ECTS
START DATE:
7 January 2019
END DATE:
June 2019
COURSE PERIOD:
Spring semester, annually
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION AND EXAMINATION:
English or Norwegian
CREDIT REDUCTION/OVERLAP:
None
GRADE:
Pass/fail
COURSE MATERIAL:
Students will read literature related to the work of the internship host company/organization, documents handed by host about procedures and safety.
COURSE COSTS:
None
COURSE CAPACITY MIN/MAX:
–/6 students
APPLICATION DEADLINE:
15 October 2018

INSTRUCTORS:

Pernille Bronken Eidesen
Pernille Bronken Eidesen
Associate Professor, Terrestrial Arctic Biology
Information on internship hosts and placements 2018 (PDF)

Course requirements:

60 ECTS within biology, of which 30 ECTS represent Arctic biology. The applicant must be enrolled in a programme at Bachelor level, or document that the course is approved into the applicant’s current study programme. Students with former courses from UNIS will be given priority. Admission requires combination with one of the recommended course combinations. For some internship places, additional requirements like certificate of good conduct and fluency in Norwegian are required.

The course can only be combined with either AB-203 (15 ECTS) or AB-207 (15 ECTS) (spring semester).

Academic content:

Many discipline students in biology do not realize that they have achieved valuable transferable skills during their education. An internship in Arctic biology makes students aware of the extended range of their education and they acquire new knowledge and skills not readily obtained in a class-room setting. Focus lies on more general competences and skills like communication, group work, collaboration, time management, flexibility and so on. Interns are given the opportunity to explore career interests and options, and to apply their arctic knowledge and skills in real-life environments. It is expected that students will experience both educational and personal development during the course, and gain confidence in own abilities. This course also encourages reflection over the role and relevance of biologist in society.

Learning outcomes:

Knowledge
Upon completing the course, the students can:

  • Understand how biology is useful in a workplace
  • Acquire knowledge specific for the work done with the internship host

Skills
Upon completing the course, the students can:

  • Apply biological knowledge in a workplace setting
  • Articulate biological/disciplinary skills

General competences
Upon completing the course, the students can:

  • Understand how a company/organization functions (work culture)
  • Time management
  • Articulate and apply transferable skills

Mutual expectations and specific learning objectives related to knowledge, skills and general competences will be formulated between the intern and the internship host company/organization, facilitated by the faculty supervisor from UNIS.

Learning activities:

The course extends over a full semester. The main part of the course is an internship at a local company. Through observation, co‐operation, supervision and practical work the intern shall be given the possibility to discover professional abilities and skills needed, and gain authentic work experience. The students will receive information about internship hosts through the course, including a short information letter describing each host company and potential working tasks. Students will apply for placements through a short letter of interest and CV. Considering students’ choice/wish of internship host, background and interests; they will be assigned to a host company.

Parallel to the internship, a series of seminars will be held, where students can reflect on and discuss their experience at the internship workplace. Focus will also be on the personal experiences students make during the internship, positive and negative ones. Problems and challenges, the learning process and the development of the perspective of a biologist’s role in society will be taken up during the meetings.

Besides the internship period, the other main part of the course is documentation and reflection of experiences made, as well as learning outcomes achieved. A series of digital publications (Blog/Podcast/Video), a reflection nota and an oral presentation will encourage reflection of experiences made and the biologist’s role in society.

Total internship hours: Ca 240 hours.
Total seminar hours (including contact meetings): Ca 25 hours.
Preparatory reading & self-study: Ca 50 hours
Assignments (communication of experience): Ca 60 hours.

Potential internship places are e.g. Polar Permaculture (https://www.polarpermaculture.com), Unis Arctic Biology Department (technical staff; https://www.unis.no/research/arctic-biology/), Longyearbyen School (http://www.lybskole.no), SIOS (https://sios-svalbard.org/), and the Governor of Svalbard (https://www.sysselmannen.no/en/).
More information about internship hosts will be provided later on.

Compulsory learning activities:

  • Internship period (max 10% absence due to illness etc.)
  • Contact meetings (including midterm and end-evaluation) between student, host contact and UNIS supervisor
  • Seminars at UNIS with other students throughout the duration of the course
  • Oral presentation based on the reflection note at the end of the semester

All compulsory learning activities must be approved in order to be registered for the final assessment.

Assessment:

Method
Internship evaluation by contact person at hosting workplace
Communicate experience through chosen digital media (e.g. Blog, Podcast, Video-blog) with six posts of approximately 400 words or 3 minutes duration)
Reflection note (1 page)

All assessments must be passed in order to pass the course. The final grade is pass / fail.

Application deadline: 15 October 2018

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