Five companies are in the final for Cphbusiness Internship of the Year 2018

Internships at PFA,, RentSafe ApS, Teknik- og Miljøforvaltningen at Københavns Kommune and Estee Lauder Companies are the five finalists of the Cphbusiness Internship of the Year 2018. The winner will be found on 23 April. 

16 April 2018

The five nominated companies for Cphbusiness Internship of the Year 2018 are:

Click on the name of the company to read more about each internship.

- The connection between theory and practice was included in all the nominations. That is really good, because that is Cphbusiness' key feature. I also think, that I can trace another tendency - namely the students' awareness of the importance of the working environment and the management style they will experience during the internship, says Søren Meyer, Head of Study and Career Guidance at Cphbusiness, and continues:

- In other words, companies must be aware, that for the students, it is not only finding an internship but also finding the right internship in terms of the working environment and management style.

The idea of the award is to pay tribute to the interns, the internship companies and not least the mutual benefit that comes from more than 2,200 annual internships by students at Cphbusiness. The work experience the students get through the internship is a valuable part of the education.


Cphbusiness Internship of the Year 2018

The winner of Cphbusiness Internship of the Year will be found on Monday 23 April 2018 by a jury consisting of:

  • Nikolaj Lubanski, Director of Talent Attraction, Copenhagen Capacity
  • Ole Gram-Olesen, President, Cphbusiness
  • Frank A. Mathiasen, Head of Innovation and Development, Cphbusiness
  • Anine Kjølbæk Sørensen, Service Management student and Chairman of Cphbusiness Students

Last year Aasted ApS and Lasse Fonnesbek Drustrup won the title of Cphbusiness Internship of the Year.

National final at LEGO House on 16 May 2018

The winner of Cphbusiness Internship of the Year goes through to the national final on 16 May 2018, where the winners from all the business academies in Denmark battle for the title as Business Internship of the Year at the LEGO House in Billund

The winner is selected by a jury consisting of:

  • Christine Antorini, Chairwoman, The Danish Parliament’s Education and Research Committee
  • Jesper Vilstrup, Director at the LEGO House
  • Lone Engberg Thomsen, Federal President of The Danish Association of Professional Technicians
  • Frank Fauerholt, Sales Director of Siemens and Chairman of the Danish Automation Society


If you want to know more about Cphbusiness Internship of the Year, please contact:

Maja Bonibay
Responsible for Cphbusiness Internship of the Year and Business Academy Internship of the Year, event and marketing coordinator 
Telephone: 36 15 49 79

Anders Molls Axelsen
Journalist and Press Contact 
Telephone: 36 15 45 39

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  • PFA

    PFA has been selected for the final because the company has shown Ali Hassan Ali Al-Safi great confidence and given him insight into modern technology.

    Better understanding of the theoretical tools

    - I participated in the development of a robot that will help sales advisors. It has been a great honour, Ali Hassan Ali Al-Safi says.

    Ali also spend some time in the business department, where he gained insight into PFA's handling of their customers before they become private customers.

    The internship has given Ali a better understanding of the practical use of the theoretical tools acquired through his Bachelor programme in Financial Management and Services.

    Great trust and satisfaction

    - Ali is great at challenging us and is fierce. He learns quickly. For example, we have had team meetings, where Ali had to make some presentations. He is very good in relation to customer meetings - both in terms of sales, but he also scores a high level of satisfaction with the customers, says Michael Bruhn, consultancy manager at PFA.

    At PFA, they appreciate being chosen for and in the final of the Cphbusiness Internship of the Year:

    - First and foremost, we are very happy. We take the internship very seriously and have a fixed setup. We find it important that our interns become part of the team and get  some responsibility, says consultancy manager Michael Bruhn.

  • is one of the five finalists because the company has shown great commitment and has conducted a well-organized internship for Ida Sallerup Madsen, student at the AP degree in Service, Hospitality and Tourism Management.

    Make people grow

    - I can not wait to go to work every day at There is a large degree of freedom under responsability, they push you in a good way and they respect our differences, says Ida.

    - I can be myself and I dare going my own ways, without them saying no. It is crazy how much the company makes people grow.

    Ida has exceeded her own comfort zone apporpriately and peforms in tasks that she never thought, she would be able to. Therefore, is a great part of the reason why Ida can now finish her education with a belief in herself and an experience of the interaction between theory and real life practice.

    Creativity and engagement has been very pleased with the internship, too:

    -Ida has been super creative, outgoing and super committed, tells Nikolaj Stæhr, co-founder of But most importantly, she shows her feelings, both in good and bad times.

    Ida's competencies within creativity, collaboration and product development have been challenged and further developed, but has gained relevant input for their business development from Ida Sallerup Madsen as well.

  • RentSafe ApS

    RentsSafe ApS is one of the five finalists in the competition of Cphbusiness Internship of the Year because they have involved Bacehlor's degree student of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Emil Buch an equal partner.

    An internship beyond expectations

    During his internship, Emil was constantly pushed to do something new, but he also felt that he could influence things.

    - It has been rewarding in so many ways and a really great experience," says Emil Buch.

    Nadim Stub Jensen, CEO of RentSafe ApS, thinks that the internship exceeded all his expectations:

    "Having Emil as an intern was actually priceless. He took responsabilty of a lot of tasks early on, which we had not imagined him doing. He found his own place in the company very quickly and became an integral part of our team.

    Fully use of competencies

    - During his internship, Emil has fully utilized his competencies within innovation and entrepreneurship. Both regarding the efficiency of internal work processes and the more external tasks establishing networks and identification of potential partnerships, states the jury as a reason for the company going on to the final.

  • Teknik- og Miljøforvaltningen, Københavns Kommune

    The Administration for Technology and Environment of Copenhagen has been selected a finalist because they have given Dennis Klemmesen a unique introduction to the labor market, which has not only developed him professionally, but also personally.

    A great experience

    The internship at the Administration for Technology and Environment has given Dennis Klemmesen an even greater interest in his AP degree in Environmental Technology.

    "I have become more disciplined and the practice has made me want to do and learn something," says Dennis.

    The Administration for Technology and Environment has also been very happy with the internship:

    Dennis is a great and constructive guy. He is curious and capable of stepping in, says Jesper Hansen, environmental engineer.

    Real life experience

    Dennis has participated in the planning and implementation of specific supervision, assisted in analysis work and conducted various forms of case management. This is how Dennis has gained real-life experience of the most appropriate ways to meet the supervised companies.

    Furthermore, the Administration for Technology and Environment has shown great interest in the AP degree in Environmental Technology and the learned skills that Dennis brought into the company.

  • Estee Lauder Companies

    Marketing Management student Michelle Bertou was treated as an equal employee during her internship. Therefore, Estée Lauder Companies is one of the five finalists in the Cphbusiness Internship of the Year.

    Insight into the company

    Michelle feels that she has grown as a person with her internship at Estée Lauder Companies and has found out what to prioritize:

    - They have given me both business and life experience. They have been so sweet and have given me insight into their business.

    Michelle was involved in the daily tasks as an equal employee. They listened a lot to her in decision making and challenged her professionally and personally with a well-planned internship.

    The ideal internship

    At Estée Lauder Companies, Michelle Bertou helped making campaigns, registration and follow-up on campaigns, translations, product texts, Facebook listings, content plans and events.

    - She has been great and committed and just does things. That is really important for us being such a small team. If we had enough money, we would have hired her, says Nadja Jul Dahl, internship reponsible at Estée Lauder Companies.

    Michelle's internship was in all respects the kind of give and take relationship that is ideal for an internship.