Supervised Business Internship Seminar

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Course Information
Internship Seminar
International Business
Terms offered: 
Fall, Spring
Language of instruction: 
Contact Hours: 
13 classroom contact hours; 100-150 hours at placement

Vary according to internship sponsor.

  • Most internships have a minimum language requirement, so students as a rule should have at least four semesters of college German or the equivalent and be proficient in conversational German.
  • Prior approval for the internship by both the student's academic advisor and home institution is required.
  • Students are required to express interest in an internship before departure from the U.S.

The business internship offers first-hand experience and involvement in Austrian and multinational corporations engaged mainly in the tertiary sector (consulting, banking). The experiential work component of the internship is supplemented by a seminar which explores fundamental aspects of European approaches to business to put the intern's experience into a broader European context.

Attendance policy: 

IES Abroad Vienna requires attendance at all class sessions, including field study excursions, internship meetings, scheduled rehearsals, and exams. Attendance will be monitored and unexcused absences will affect the student’s grade via the “Participation” component of each course’s final grade.

Excused Absences

  • Excused absences are permitted only when a student is ill, when class is held on a recognized religious holiday traditionally observed by the particular student, or in the case of a grave incident affecting family members.
  • To be granted an excused absence, the student must write an email to his/her professor in a timely manner stating the reason for the absence (and, if appropriate, how long they expect to be away) with a cc to Center administrative staff. In an emergency, the student may call Student Services or the Front Desk. If the student is unable to send an email (too sick, no computer), he/she may call the Student Assistant at the front desk (01/512 2601-11) who will then write the email described above and send it to said parties as stated above, with a cc to the student.
  • If a student is absent 3 consecutive days or more, he/she will need to obtain a doctor’s note and then submit this to the Registrar’s office.
Required work and form of assessment: 
  • Internship performance - 40%
  • Seminar participation including work journal and term paper - 30%
  • Final exam - 30%

Internship Performance
A total of 120 hours per semester (including work, advising, and class hours). Regular reporting to work, mandatory attendance of classes and guest lectures.

Seminar Participation
Maintain a daily work journal, to be submitted at the end of the semester.

Term paper
8-10 page term paper topically related to the internship (analysis of the internship institution and the student’s work experience).

Final Exam
Final exam based on seminar lectures and required readings.


Internship practicum
The internships vary from company to company depending upon the nature of the organization as well as the department in which the intern will work. The individual internship programs are to be agreed upon by the intern and the job supervisor at the beginning of the semester.


  1. Comparing the historical development of business in Europe and the USA.
  2. European management systems.
  3. Human resources management.
  4. Possible future developments in international business.
  5. Discussion topics related to student presentations, inquiries and observations.
Required readings: 
  • Daniels, John D., and Lee H. Radebaugh. International Business. Environments and Operations. 8th ed. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1998.
  • Preston, Jill, ed. Cases in European Business. Pitman Publishing, 1992.