2016-06-22 14:05:44

Internships in Denmark are divided by sector and can be either paid or unpaid. Some companies may require some knowledge of a Scandinavian language.

Every year, many foreign students look for internship opportunities in Denmark due to its prosperous economy and standard of living. There are various types of internships in Denmark, each with its own set of conditions. Make sure you meet the requirements before starting out.

Types of internships

Internships in Denmark are broken down into the following categories:

  • Green sector (agriculture, veterinary, forestry, horticulture)
  • Health sector
  • Architecture
  • Others

Conditions

The following conditions apply to all types of internships:

  • You must be 18-34 years old (18-29 for the green sector)
  • The internship must support an education that was begun in your country of origin or country of legal residence (not a Danish education)
  • The internship must be relevant to your ongoing education

Other conditions that apply to the specific internship types include the following:

  • Documentation of an educational plan
  • Documentation that you speak Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, German, or English at A2 level or higher
  • Documentation that salary and work conditions are in agreement with Danish rules for internships (for paid internships)
  • Proof of sufficient funds to support yourself through the entire internship (for unpaid internships)

To see complete details for each type of internship, see the New to Denmark website.

Find an internship in Denmark

Knowing where to look will help you find an internship in Denmark. Some companies may require interns to have some knowledge of Danish or another Scandinavian language, but English will be the language of choice for larger international companies.

Job websites like Jobindex have a section listing internships. Sites like iAgora and Graduateland also list internships—you will have to create an account to view listings. Agriculture internships are listed at agri LIDA.

As long as a company is in compliance with Danish rules regarding internships, they can host interns. For example, all public Danish hospitals are approved to host interns. As internships are very common, and even welcomed, in Denmark, you could send a spontaneous internship proposal to a company with which you’d like to work. When preparing your proposal, make sure to specify the objectives of your internship, your responsibilities and duties, and your intentions upon going back to your home country.

Work and residence permit

To apply for an internship, you can find official forms for the different categories online. Both the intern and the employer will be required to produce some information relating to the terms of the internship. Architecture interns from outside the EU must also use a special form from the Danish Association of Architectural Firms.

A completed application can be submitted to the nearest Danish diplomatic mission (embassy or consulate).

Once all the necessary forms and documentation have been received, a ruling will be made on whether or not you will be granted a work and residence permit. An approved application means you can legally participate in the internship.

 Good to know:

You are not allowed to bring family members to Denmark on an intern residence permit.

 Important:

The work permit is valid for the period specified in the internship agreement. It can be up to 12 months in the green sector and up to 18 months in the other sectors.

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