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Internship presentation HEInnovate 26sept

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Internship presentation HEInnovate 26sept

  1. 1. Università degli Studi di Bergamo FABIO PREVIDI HEInnovate workshop Internship and practice-based learning at the University of Bergamo Sofia – September 26th, 2014
  2. 2. Summary 1. Heinnovate # 5 (focus on students) 2. Bulgaria National Review 3. The University of Bergamo internship system o principles o main actors o process o key factors for success o numbers Università degli Studi di Bergamo Internship @ UniBG 2
  3. 3. A starting point: Heinnovate # 5 5. University – Business/external relationships for knowledge exchange Focus on students (non doctoral) 5.4 (i) clear incentives with removal of administrative barriers 5.5 (ii) mobility needs to be incentivised and facilitated (iii) accompanying services during the internship (iv) opportunities to think about the experience / sharing with other students (v) a centralized support service (vi) contact person for mobility at the Faculty level Università degli Studi di Bergamo Internship @ UniBG 3
  4. 4. National Review Bulgaria: major difficulties Difficulties in finding internships. The places offered by the career centre do not match demand.When searching on their own for internship places, many students encountered situations where firms said “we sign an internship report for you, but we are not interested in having you as intern”. Lack of support during internships. Only students who found an internship through their professors had a contact person to reach out during the internship for advice. Little relevance of internship experience. Internships are not an integral part of education as there is no reflection of relevance of the internship experience in class. Students talk about their experiences in extra curricula activities or in their free time, but not in class. This leaves little room for embedding practical learning experiences in the curriculum. Università degli Studi di Bergamo Internship @ UniBG 4
  5. 5. Internship @ UniBg – The principles University of Bergamo developed a continuous dialogue with labour market, including companies and organization, in order to: • promote high quality internships • design specific personal projects for each candidate • matching companies needs with each student skills and abilities in a win-win framework Università degli Studi di Bergamo Internship @ UniBG 5
  6. 6. Internship @ UniBg – The actors Internship/placement Board Web portal Web portal (Facultystudents) Strategic thrust Internship/placement Office Operating unit Università degli Studi di Bergamo Internship @ UniBG 6 Company Students agreement Faculty (company tutor) (academic tutor) Defined in the personal project Defined in the personal project 1 4 2 3 5 6 7
  7. 7. Internship @ UniBg – The process (I) Assignment - Personal project design o Joint work by student, company tutor, academic tutor o Based on a well defined job reference role o Job/teaching activities are clearly detailed o Clear expected outcome of the teaching activity o Definition of the supervision (milestones, periodic meetings, reports,…) o Approved by the Internship office Università degli Studi di Bergamo Internship @ UniBG 7 Web based
  8. 8. Internship @ UniBg – The process (II) Development – Process supervision and evaluation o Variable duration (typically from 2 to 12 months) o Milestones (meetings, intermediate reports,…) o Detailed timesheet (approved by the tutors) o Final report (approved by the tutors) o Assessement (anonymous questionnaire by student and company tutor) Università degli Studi di Bergamo Internship @ UniBG 8 Web based
  9. 9. Internship @ UniBg – The success key factors • Internships are mandatory in the student program • The process is centralized and web-based («before» and «during») • The actors (and their duty/role) are well defined • Accurate definition and careful writing of the internship project • Companies are aware of their role in the teaching experience (and of the benefit they can get from it) • Company spontaneous proposals and picking activity by the internship office • A formal agreement between UniBg and the company is signed once for all • «Excellence» internships (example Law Faculty) Università degli Studi di Bergamo Internship @ UniBG 9
  10. 10. Internship @ UniBg – Numbers (I) • 1340 active agreements with companies and institutions • ~ 1500 internships per year (steadily increasing) • ~ 250 active academic tutors • ~ 100 international internships per year (non doctoral) • 15 excellence internships in 2013 • ~ 350 non-curricular internships per year • Results of the companies assessment (91% highly satisfied) Università degli Studi di Bergamo Internship @ UniBG 10
  11. 11. Internship @ UniBg – Numbers (II) 2012/13 Università degli Studi di Bergamo 11 Internship @ UniBG
  12. 12. Internship @ UniBg – Numbers (III) Università degli Studi di Bergamo Internship @ UniBG 12 2012/13 NON-curricular internships
  13. 13. Thank You!

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