Internships, Placements and Consultancies

These opportunities fluctuate from year to year depending on availability, as well as the language capabilities and skill competencies of individual students.

Practicum (Consultancy Project)

Instead of studying optional courses during the semester, you may have the option to undertake a Consultancy Project in the month of January, before classes begin, or in June, after classes finish.

Examples of Consultancy Report Titles from Previous Cohorts

  • “Innovation and Knowledge Transfer: The Catalan Ecosystem” prepared for PIMEC Micro, petita i mitjana empresa de Catalunya
  • “Sinérgics and Social Return: Co-Working in Baró de Viver” prepared for Sinérgics Coworking
  • “COWOCAT Associació Coworking de Catalunya Consultancy Project” prepared for COWOCAT

Consultancy Projects Presentations at UB

Companies Involved in Consultancy Projects


There are also opportunities to undertake internships during the semester. Internships would be sourced directly by students and, when considered relevant to the programme content, the university and the organisation may sign an agreement for the internship to be credit-bearing.

Research Internship
During the Master’s program, students have the opportunity to explore a professional field of interest by means of a Research Internship. Arrangements have been made with around 15-20 national and international archives, museums, research institutes, educational organisations and business companies for research projects which students may select as the subject for their Master’s dissertation. Please note that this is not a policy-related internship; it involves an academic research project. The final product may be a publication, an international workshop, website, object analysis or exhibition storyline. This research activity covers 18 working days (5 ECTS).
Each student formulates a working plan after consultation with the faculty supervisor and the supervisor of the internship institution. Based on that working plan, an official Agreement Research Internship Master History of Society will be signed by: the student, the supervisor of the institution and the faculty supervisor. The research internship will be completed with a report, written by the student according to the guidelines of the master. The report contains also appendixes with important outcomes and products (written or images of the products). The whole report and internship will be assessed during a final interview with the supervisors. Based on this interview the supervisor of the institution will write a general assessment.
The faculty supervisor will assess whether the student has reached the aims of this internship; there is no grade.

Organisations Involved in Research Internships

  • Volkswagen AG (Corporate History and Communications Department)
  • Otto Bock
  • Sartorius
  • Mahr CARE Deutschland, (NGO in Bonn), Marketing and Partnership Department. The period of internship: 1st July 2019 – 30th September 2019 (3 months). Basic German required. At CARE there are internships available in other Department as well (communication and advocacy, project department, internship at the secretariat, finance etc). The contact information is different respective to the department and all can be found here:
  • Praxisbörse / Careers Fair (May) The annual Careers Fair is designed to get to know company representatives and young professionals. Small and medium-sized companies are represented as well as the big names.
  • Hamburg Company Tour (June) Annual recruiting event for companies in and around Hamburg (primarily in German). Program provides an interesting insight for career opportunities in German firms.

The School offers students the possibility to participate in Consultandes, a consultancy project in which master students participate. It is a credit-granting course in which undergraduate and graduate students learn consultancy by working with a firm or other type of organisation applying for the service.

Consultandes was founded in January 2006 by students and faculty members of the “Business Cases and Projects” course run by the School. It supports clients that aim to manage change and develop different business opportunities by making available the knowledge of students and the consulting expertise of the School’s faculty.

As of 2018 Consultandes has worked with 652 clients in 799 projects. Over 3000 undergraduate and graduate students have participated in these projects.

CONSULTANDES: consultancy in environmental management

CONSULTANDES consists of a consultancy method process in which students lead the design of an innovative solution to an environmental corporate challenge. Students strengthen their leadership skills and managerial environmental knowledge by solving real life corporate challenges. The process is carried out in groups of students from diverse disciplines. Students develop a research and fieldwork agenda that meets a real need for an organisation to incorporate an environmental perspective in their strategies or to solve a specific environmental challenge.

The final product is a written document of a maximum of 30 pages (including tables and appendices). The agenda of this course seeks to help students to acquire practical and research experience in topics that are relevant for environmental corporate strategy and practices (e.g. Industrial symbiosis, circular economy, sustainable production and consumption, among others). The sustainable business plan option is intended to help students develop a project that realizes the idea of creating a new company.

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Practicum Experience in Regional Sustainable Development

With the intention of contributing to the main issues of sustainable development, students engage in fieldwork to facilitate innovative solutions through which they will be able to address the challenges faced by organizations (private, public, communities), their interest groups and the ecosystems in which they operate.

The Practicum Experience process seeks to add value to the parties by conducting analyses and proposing solutions that promote innovation for sustainable development. Students, companies, organisations, communities, and teachers are connected in a conversation of change for sustainability.

There are three fundamental stages during the Practicum Experience, which is carried out in different regions of Colombia: (I) Problem analysis from a sustainable development and resilient perspective, (II) the development of a proposal of solution designed by the organisation stakeholders and guided by the students and (III) the implementation of the tools, knowledge, skills and competences in the field.

The Practicum Experience is founded on the Problem Based Learning methodology (PBL). PBL aims to build students’ creative capacity to work through difficult real sustainable development problems, and work together to design and build practical and effective solutions to those challenges.