Looking for internship opportunities in Denmark? Find all that you need to know in this article.
Every year, many foreign students look for internship opportunities in Denmark, not only due to its rich and prosperous economy but also for the standard of living it provides to its inhabitants. There are various ways to look for internship in Denmark along with different sets of conditions and formalities. Make sure to fit in any of these before starting out.
Types of internships
There are three types of internships in Denmark: exchange or European programs, as part of a training course ordered by a Danish institution and requiring internship in a local company and finally internship following vocational training in Denmark.
Regardless of the type of internship which you are following, you will be considered as an intern or trainee by hierarchy within your host company.
To be eligible to an internship in Denmark, you must be between 18 and 35 years old at the time of application (between 18 and 29 years old in the green sector – more information below). Moreover, the internship must be part of the candidate's study program either in his home country or in a Danish educational institution. The internship agreement must also be accompanied by a description of the academic or professional curriculum followed, translated into Danish.
In case the internship is not paid, you will have to produce proof of sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay, that is around DKK 5,753 per month.
If you wish to perform an internship in the medical sciences field, your educational background must be recognized by the Danish National Health Council. Moreover, the doctor who is willing to take you on board will have to issue an agreement letter specifying the responsibilities of both parties.
As regards internships in architecture, a standard contract has been set up by the Danish Association of Architects and the Architecture Employees Syndicate.
Companies and hospitals may also offer internships providing they comply with certain regulations and respect the number of trainees authorized.
Finding internship in Denmark may not be an easy task despite clearly established conditions. Indeed, most companies require interns to have some knowledge of Danish or other Scandinavian languages. However, a good command of English is definitely a considerable asset.
You may also try your luck with foreign companies established in Denmark. Why not start by sending them spontaneous job applications? Many of them are actually quite open towards interns. When preparing your resume, make sure to specify the objectives of your internship, your responsibilities and duties, as well as your intentions upon going back to your home country.
Find more information in the article Work in Denmark.
Work and resident permit
If you intend to perform an internship in Denmark, you will have to apply for a work and resident permit. Obtaining this permit can be easier, for instance, if you are going to live with a close family member and intend to perform your internship in his company, if you are going to perform your internship in a company which is planning to set up a branch in your home country or if you have prove an existing collaboration or development between two companies operating in your home country and in Denmark.
The work permit is then valid for a specific period as specified in the internship agreement, that is for a maximum of one year. It can be renewed once only, allowing you to live and work in Denmark for a total of 24 months as an intern.
Good to know:
Note that internships in Denmark are classified under three distinct categories and a wider one as follows:
- the green sector (agriculture, veterinary, forest, horticulture)
- health care
Both parties are required to produce information regarding the purpose of the stage. Online forms are generally different for each category. Thereafter, application has to be deposited at the nearest Danish diplomatic representative office to your place of residence in your home country.
Find more information on the work and resident permit in the useful links provided below.