The goal of a specialist internship is to strengthen and enable cooperation that benefits both the internship provider and the intern. The receiving organisation gets a chance to utilise the doctoral student’s academic expertise and researcher skills in the development of its operations, while the student gets an opportunity to advance and diversify his/her academic expertise and ability to apply thesis-related skills into practice. A specialist work placement internship is planned case-by-case by the intern, dissertation supervisor, and the receiving organisation before the beginning of the internship.
The following may be required from a doctoral student during an internship:
- participation in planning the operations of the organisation and solving its developmental challenges, especially to the extent that the tasks deal with the student’s dissertation
- performing tasks related to research and development in the doctoral student's field of study.