Internship in Physics
15 credits cr.
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Physics studies include learning skills that are useful in a wide range of industries. An internship is a good way to try out your skills and gain work experience in a real-world setting.
The course consists of supervised practical work activities related to physics in at a company, agency or another workplace. You will independently perform work tasks, document your work in writing, and present your insights about the work you performed, and your reflections on the role, opportunities and limitations of your physics education in industry.
The course takes place during normal working hours. It may be included in a masters degree program at Fysikum, but can also be taken as an elective course.
The course begins with an introduction, and an internship with a connection to physics under a supervisor at the place and work. Prior to the start of the internship, a project plan must be approved by the examiner and the student. The student should participate in work activities to the same extent as other employees. Participation in the introduction and an oral presentation at the end of the course are compulsory.
The course is examined on the basis of a written logbook, letter from the supervisor, and an oral presentation.
The course is graded according to a two-point grading scale: fail (U) or pass (G).
Phone: +468 5537 8693
ScheduleThe schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
The course do not have a fixed schedule, but are instead agreed upon with the supervisor and course coordinator at the beginning of the course.
Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
The literature is based on scientific publications and reports in the relevant field assembled by the student through literature searches, as well as material provided by the supervisor at the internship site.
When can I apply?
Registration is open from mid-March to mid-April for courses that run in the fall, and from mid-September to mid-October for courses that run in the spring.
Please note that many courses open for late registration in mid-July for courses in the autumn term and in mid-December for courses in the spring term.
Meet our students
"The experience showed me other possible paths to follow as a physicist"
Irene Vicente wanted to get an insight into the role of the physicist in the labor market. She had studied Machine Learning and decided to do her internship in the industry related to that field.Irene Vicente
Where did you do your internship and what were the tasks?
"I did my internship in Savantic, a technology consultancy firm. I took part in different projects and had multiple kind of tasks: programming, learning about virtual environments, optimising algorithms, learning about state-of-the-art artificial intelligence. Some examples of projects were: Automatising road classification or face recognition."
How well prepared were you for the tasks from your university education?
"I felt quite prepared from the course Machine Learning for Physicists (FK7068) I took in Fysikum the fall semester. However, at the beginning of the internship I did some training to catch up with anything that was not clear."
Do you think the internship will have an impact on you future studies and/or career?
"Yes, this experience showed me other possible paths to follow as a physicist and I will probably continue working with ML."
Would you recommend other students to do an intership?
"Definitely, it is a great way of getting experience in the industry and another possible interesting jobs for people with a physics background. Since it is quite flexible, students can do the internship on any physics related field, and it is a great opportunity to get to try something you are curious about for a few months."
Did the experience meet your expectations?
"It was just as I expected. I learnt from professionals and got to experience how a physics background can lead to a very different job. I also met a lot of people in the company and they were super nice. It was also fun to participate on activities such as afterworks."