MSc programme course
This course is for students on the master programme. It is structured as follows: you spend 15 weeks at your place of internship, and then 5 weeks allocated for writing an empirical essay where the internship period is considered as fieldwork. The essay is examined through hand-ins and a mandatory examination seminar. You receive grades according to the A-F grading scale. (See details in the documents on the right hand side of this site.)
There is a shorter internship option of 15 credits. This course is given on the undergrad level, which means that you only receive the grade Pass or Fail, and that you have to combine it with something else, such as a course at the department or any other department/university, to fit the MSc programme structure.
How do I choose where to intern?
We accept most kinds of places of internships, as long as the organisation agrees to supervise you. Importantly, you are the one responsible for finding a place of internship! You know best what you are interested in. Consider why you applied to the programme in the first place. Applying can sometimes be tedious – it can take a while. See it as good practice for your future plans in life.
Students graduating from the programme are prepared for professional opportunities in research education, academia, media and cultural industries (including journalism), national and international policy and production sectors, commercial and public service organisations, and NGOs.
We recommend you consider your master thesis as well as your future career/interests when choosing where to apply. As a programme student, we believe your priority should not only be finding out what your interests are. What do you feel passionate about? What are you curious about? Students who manage to focus on their interest usually end up with a better thesis than those who only choose ‘strategically’, i.e. what they believe future employers might be impressed by.
Read through the documentation on the right hand side of this page. They contain a lot of information relevant even as you go through the application process. As you are the one applying, you need to be an expert on how the course works, to be able to pitch yourself.
Think wide: as MSc students of media and communication studies, you have a broad profile in social sciences and cultural studies that fits in many different parts of the professional world.
Non-Swedish speakers and non-EU/EEA citizens
If you aren’t Swedish speaking, there are fewer options in Sweden, as a lot of organisations require Swedish speakers. Many students in this situation broaden their search to their home countries; countries where they speak the language/English; as well as the Copenhagen area (where there are more international companies and organisations). It’s still possible to find a place in Sweden but your options are fewer. You must be back in Lund for when the thesis course beings in the middle of January, otherwise you will not be registered to the course.
For students who are in Sweden on a residence permit (non EU/EEA citizens), please be aware that there are specific rules for you to be aware of if you leave the country. Residence permit regulations for internships vary based on your country of citizenship and internship programme. Visit the Swedish Migration Agency’s website for more information.
As an intern you are still formally enrolled in a course, and are usually eligible for the same kind of financial support as you get in other courses. If you aren’t receiving such support, you can search for places of internship with internship/trainee pay.
For some places of internship abroad, you can receive stipends from Erasmus. Go to the LU internship website for more information.
Where can I go for inspiration?
- Follow the KOM department Facebook page, where we publish calls for interns from various kinds of organisations and companies. Many of the places advertising are for Swedish speaking students, but sometimes companies look for English speakers too.
- Go to Study in Sweden website’s page about internships.