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Collaborating with companies

There are many good reasons for choosing to collaborate with a company or an organization during your studies. It gives you the opportunity to:

  • Develop and practice your academic skills in a real work-related context.
  • Get to know your future job market.
  • Discover what specific skills you have, and what you excel at.
  • Find out which competencies you might need to improve further in order to be an attractive candidate within a specific area or the job market in general.
  • Enhance your network while studying – it might be the way to obtain a relevant student job or even a full-time job, when you have finished graduated.
  • Further develop your CV while studying etc.

Agreement on Confidentiality

If you do choose to collaborate with a company, the company in question will in some cases want to draft a so-called ‘Confidentiality Agreement’ with you to ensure that confidential information about internal company matters do not become known to unauthorized persons.

A Confidentiality Agreement is between you and the company, and ITU is not a part of the agreement. Therefore, you do not need a signature from your supervisor or any other ITU representative. For this reason as well, you must be extra careful what you agree to, as the agreement is your responsibility.

ITU has prepared an example of a Confidentiality Agreement that you and the company can use, but this is not a requirement. Many companies prefer to use their own Confidentiality Agreement, or make changes / additions to the template, ITU has made, and this permitted as well. However, we recommend that you show the Confidentiality Agreement to your supervisor before you sign it, so you and your supervisor can ensure that the agreement does not contain elements, which are in violation with ITU regulations for projects and exams.

The Duty of Confidentiality provided by the Danish Law concerning Public Administration (“Forvaltningsloven”) encompasses your supervisor, as well as the Examination office. Therefore, they will not need to sign anything.

If necessary, you can mark in LearnIT that the assignment is confidential, when you submit it. In addition, the oral exam will be held behind closed doors, i.e. without an audience, on your request.

 

How to set up the project at ITU

A project executed in collaboration with a company must be set up as any other project at ITU; you must register the project in the same way, observe the same deadlines, find a supervisor from ITU who will accept your project and supervise you, etc.

The project must also meet the same academic standard as other projects at ITU. This means, that you must discuss the problem statement with the ITU supervisor, and find out how the company can be used as a case in the final assignment.

Finding a company

There are several ways of getting in touch with a company:

  • A lot of companies have uploaded project proposals in the Job- and Project Bank. Take a look at companies that have posted internships as well; these companies will often be interested in project collaboration.
  • Twice a year The Study and Career Guidance hosts an event where the companies/organizations who are interested in collaborating with students visit the IT University. See the calendar for The Study and Career Guidance here.
  • If you have any companies that you might be interested in working with, do not hesitate to contact them. Many companies are interested in working with students.
    Some teachers also have contact with companies – you might ask the person you have in mind for a supervisor whether he or she has some relevant connections.
 

DISCUSS MUTUAL EXPECTATIONS WITH THE COMPANY

It is a good idea to discuss your individual expectations, before you start the project collaboration. You can ask yourself questions like:

  • Why does the company wish to collaborate with students and what are their expectations in terms of the outcome of this collaboration?
  • What are their expectations in regards to how the project collaboration will go about?
  • Does the company have any preferences in terms of method, theoretical approach, the design of the study etc.?

Access to important data

Before you make an agreement with a company or organization, you should make sure that it is possible for you to gain access to relevant data, which is important for your project. This means, that you should:

  • Make sure you have a contact person at the company who has time to meet up with you or your group.
  • If you need to conduct interviews etc., you should make sure that the company is prepared for that.
  • Ensure that you have the opportunity to gain access to relevant material, such as: Meeting summaries, reports, software, documentation etc.