Improve your employability through NTNU Bridge

Make your higher education and future more relevant and exciting by collaborating with employers. There are several ways you can carry out academic collaboration. Here you find information on the different collaborative opportunities that exist, as well as tips on how to build a good relationship with an employer. 

Academic collaboration 

Write your thesis in collaboration with an employer. Through NTNU Bridge, you can discover interesting employers and relevant academic projects. If you are going to write a project assignment, bachelor's or master's thesis, then this is the place to start. Employers advertise topics for different projects or theses here on the NTNU Bridge portal. You can find these under Announcements.

How to get started:

  1. Create a profile on NTNU Bridge
  2. Find a topic that suits you
  3. Discuss the topic with your department or potential supervisors
  4. Contact the employer, send application and additional documentation as required
  5. Agree on a topic outline, roles and a project timeline with the employer and your supervisor
  6. Sign a contract before starting with a collaboration (see below)

Search through the announcements to see if you can find any topics that might be relevant for you. Contact your supervisor once you find a topic that interests you. Gain the neccesary approval from your supervisor before you contact the employer. A good topic outline is usually the result of an open dialogue between you, your supervisor and the employer. Maintaining good contact with your supervisor  will ensure that the project will be academically suitable for you, and that the correct practical and legal constraints apply.

If you have your own ideas relating to a topic for a project or thesis you wish to complete in collaboration with an employer, you can contact employers who have registered their profile on NTNU Bridge directly from our website. Make sure in advance that your thesis is open for external collaboration, and keep your supervisor at NTNU informed of your ideas and which employer you wish to collaborate with.

In addition to guidance from your supervisor at NTNU, the employee is committed to provide a minimum of 20 hours of external guidance on a master thesis and access to resources on behalf of the employer.


Sign a written agreement

Before undertaking an academic collaboration a written areement must be signed by the student, the student's department, supervisor at NTNU and the company or organization. The agreement covers the rights and responsibilities of all parties, as well as terms of use regarding the results of the project. If there are issues regarding confidentiality, an additional confidentiality agreement is required.

Unless otherwise agreed upon, the student holds the copyright to his/her thesis or project assignment.

Supervised professional training

Many students have supervised professional training as a mandatory or optional part of their education. Many do this as summer work. Others travel abroad. This gives valuable professional experience and network before you finish your degree. Check what oppurtunities you have within your study programme, and search for openings under Announcements.

Another great way to gain practical experience is through one of the many student organizations at NTNU. They will allow you to get more involved in culture, media, humanitarian work, politics and of course your own field of study.

Part-time or full-time work

It is important to obtain relevant work experience before you finish your degree. Relevant work experience will help you secure your first job. The skills and knowledge you obtain from completing higher education and relevant work experience, as well as who you are as a person, all contribute to your future career prospects. Obtain relevant work experience through summer jobs, part-time or volunteer work. Experience in professionally relevant environments teaches you a lot about yourself, and what type of work you enjoy doing.

It can be of great value to get in touch with potential future employers early on in your degree. What sorts of positions exist? What type of work do you enjoy? Read through job announcements and take part in career days and company presentations. Get in touch with previous students of the course, lecturers and fellow students to find out more about the job opportunities that are available to you.

Internships and trainee-programmes can be good starting points for your career. They are usually tailored for recent graduates, last for a set period of time and contain some level of professional training. In some cases you work for several employers during that period, gaining more diverse experiences and professional network. Many students are offered full-time work afterwards. Internship and trainee-positions are usually announced at the start of each year. Some of the more popular positions can be announced more than a year in advance, so you have to start looking early.   

Top tips from NTNU Bridge:

  1. Think about what you want to do with your degree as early as possible
  2. Think outside the box when deciding what to do with your degree – be creative
  3. Be proud of your education!
  4. Get to know the oppurtunities you have as a student - and use them
  5. Get in touch with as many people as possible - create a professional network
  6. Don't be afraid to try something new
  7. All your experience counts!

Ask yourself these questions before you apply:

  • What sort of work do I enjoy, and what am I good at?
  • What are my personal qualities?
  • What kind of employers are a good fit for me?
  • Is my CV updated?
  • Could I be better utilizing social media or my existing network?

Find relevant summer, part-time or full-time work at NTNU Bridge. Create a profile you are proud of and lets you stand out from the crowd. Get to know an employer before you get in touch with them.


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Master's thesis

The master's thesis is an assignment of higher academic level with specialization in a subject relevant to the degree. It marks the end of a five-year course of study. The assignment normally lasts 6-12 months and is finished before summer. The task is usually individual. In addition to subject specialization the student learns methodology, advanced writing and text comprehension. A thesis provides a thorough assessment of a problem, and often implies the collection and analysis of new data.

Bachelor's thesis

The Bachelor’s thesis is an assignment of lower academic level with specialization in a subject relevant to the degree. A bachelor thesis usually lasts up to six months and is part of a three-year bachelor's degree. The task can be solved individually or by a group. The student usually has other subjects while writing the bachelor thesis. In addition to subject specialization the student learns methodology, advanced writing and text comprehension. The thesis has less academic weight as a master's thesis, and is often more practical oriented.

Other assignments / unpaid work

Small student projects, field work, paid and unpaid professional training or other types of unpaid assignments like volunteer work.

Summer work

Summer work is usually full-time work done during the students' summer break (June-August). Many students do their mandatory practice work as summer work. This is paid employment.

Part-time work

Work that can be combined with studies, such as weekend- and evening work. It does not have to be academically relevant.

Full-time work

Work that cannot be combined with studies. Relevant for students who have earned their degree.

Internship / Trainee

Full Time work especially tailored for recently graduated students. usually a program of limited duration that includes job training and supervised learning.