Copenhagen, Denmark

Summer Global Internship

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Overview

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Expand your business portfolio and broaden your life experience by spending your summer interning in Copenhagen, Denmark's dynamic and beautiful capital. During your internship, you'll learn about the work culture in Denmark and build your network abroad in business, science, or technology. You'll be encouraged to explore smaller companies and organizations, including the innovative work of our many Danish startups!

When you decide to intern abroad with CIEE, our staff will work directly with you to match you with an internship opportunity that suits your unique needs and professional goals. While internships are competitive, CIEE will help you navigate the internship interview process to set you up for success. Our staff will offer you constructive resume revisions and provide you with the tools to succeed in your interview to ensure you are confirmed for the right opportunity. Learn more about our personalized placement process.

Unique Experiences

  • LEARN FROM SCANDANVIAN INNOVATION AND DESIGN

    Copenhagen integrates old and new architecture and design to create a modern European capital that still feels cozy and “hyggelig.”

  • WORK IN ONE OF EUROPE’S MOST BIKE-FRIENDLY CITIES

    enjoy the freedom and flexibility of eco-friendly commuting.

  • MAJOR INDUSTRIES HEADQUARTERED IN COPENHAGEN

    include Maersk, the world’s leader in shipping and logistics.

  • YEAR OUR FLAG WAS FIRST AKNOWLEDGED, OLDEST STATE FLAG IN THE WORLD STILL IN USE

    1219
  • NUMBER OF ISLANDS IN DENMARK

    409
  • WORLD RANKED HAPPIEST COUNTRY

    2nd

Location & Culture

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Copenhagen has undergone a transformation in the past decade and has emerged as a “must-stop” destination in Europe. Fine dining, natural wines, and its reputation as an environmentally friendly city has earned top billing from foodies, students, and those seeking refuge in one of the “happiest countries in the world.” Despite playing host to over 600,000 residents, Copenhagen retains an old-world, small village feel – with more bicycles than cars traveling its streets. Students discover an endless array of cultural activities, history, architecture, and more, in one of Europe’s safest capitals.

CIEE Copenhagen is located in the city center – we like to say a 5-minute walk to everything and has a beautiful and very comfortable student Lounge where students love to work, hang out,  people watch -  and take a nap!

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Copenhagen.

The Culture

Excursions & Activities

  • Take a daytrip to explore Hamlet’s Castle in Helsingør - just one of many castles harboring the stories of Scandinavia’s past.
  • Take an overnight trip to the CO2 neutral Island of Samsø and explore the beautiful island and learn about how they have worked to make the island CO2 neutral. Visit the world-renowned Energy academy, the winner of the UN Global Climate Action Award in 2021. 
  • Explore the National Museum and see how Copenhagen transformed from a fishing village in the 10th century to a world leader in sustainability and innovation.
  • Experience Danish hygge – a lifestyle trend described as a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.
  • Take a short train trip across the bridge to Sweden and explore the young city of Malmø (half the population is under 35) with lots of cobblestone streets full of cafes and shops. Get on the train again and Visit Lund – home of a 12th – century Romanesque cathedral and one of the oldest and largest universities in Scandinavia. 

Professional Development

  • Take advantage of resume guidance and learn interviewing skills based on the local business culture
  • Explore the professional working world of Copenhagen through site visits, networking events, and guest lectures
  • Participate in workshops that will help you make the most of your internship

Daily Life

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  • Housing

    Residence Halls: Most students will stay in a dorm room at a residence hall. The residence hall is comprised of other international, local students, and young professionals. Each dorm room is equipped with a kitchenette and an attached bathroom, with single and double bedrooms. There are also shared common spaces; each floor has a large communal kitchen and there are multiple and hangout areas as well as a gym.


    Apartments: Some students may be housed in shared apartments with other CIEE students. Each apartment will have double bedrooms and shared common spaces, such as a kitchen and bathroom.


    Accepted students can indicate a housing preference, but final housing assignments are solely at the discretion of CIEE.


    From either residence halls or apartments, the commute to the CIEE Center, either by biking or use of public transportation, will take no more than 30 minutes. The distance from housing to CIEE Copenhagen can vary depending on the residence hall or apartment the student is placed in.

  • Meals

    Meals are not included. Students may prepare their own meals in a kitchenette or the residence hall’s shared kitchen facilities. CIEE provides basic cooking utensils and cleaning supplies. There is also a wide range of restaurants and cafes located nearby.

  • Getting Around

    Students commute to their internships and most program activities via bike or public transportation. Introduction to the modern and efficient bus, subway, and ferry system, as well as tips on where to rent and how to safely operate a bicycle in Copenhagen are provided during orientation. Students are responsible for their transportation costs. 

Academics

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Academics

As a global intern in Copenhagen, you’ll work in a non-paying position within a wide range of opportunities across a diverse set of innovative industries. Extra-curricular cultural activities in and around Copenhagen complement your coursework and immerse you in the history and culture of the city.

This eight-week program includes a full-time internship and an integrated online academic course.

GPA

2.5

Language Prerequisites

Rising sophomore standing and above at time of participation.

Additional Requirements

Additional visa restrictions may apply and CIEE will advise students as part of the early application process.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Program Requirements

Students participate in an academic course taught in an online learning environment alongside the eight-week, full-time internship. Participation in the integrated academic course and internship are mandatory for all participants.

PROGRAM CREDIT

Total credit: 6 U.S. semester/9 quarter credits

Course Credit

Internship: 6 U.S. semester/9 quarter credits; 15 integrated academic course hours, 225-300 internship placement hours

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

Students are expected to dress and behave professionally throughout their internship project and are subject to the agreed-upon internship protocols arranged by CIEE and the host organizations. The academic course is designed to prepare students for leadership in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse workforce.

Class Format

Students participate in an eight-week CIEE full-time internship and academic course taught in an online learning environment. Class and/or work hours may be scheduled Monday-Friday, and attendance is strictly enforced for all. To avoid falling behind, students should not plan personal travel away from the city when classes are in session.

Grading

Students will be assessed via assignments and activities related to the academic course, including but not limited to: online discussion forums, reflective papers, individual or group presentations, analysis of readings, an internship work plan, and feedback from internship supervisor. Internship supervisors and students each provide written evaluations of progress towards goals.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction

English

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Stem Scholarship

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

What's Included

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What's Included

Tuition
Housing
Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
Orientation
Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city
On-site Staff
Full-time program leadership and support in your city
Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
Excursions and/or Study Tours
Travel Protection
CIEE iNext and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

Our Staff

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Get Started

Here's what you need to do to take the next steps:
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    START AN APPLICATION
    You're one step closer to an amazing study abroad experience! 

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    CONNECT WITH YOUR CAMPUS STUDY ABROAD OFFICE 
    Share your plans and confirm you're on track to meet all required steps to go abroad. 

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    CONTACT
    Send us an email if you still have questions or need information about applying to this program.

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