In Fredericia Municipality they are not afraid of thinking outside the box or of involving university students in both strategic decision-making processes and specific projects.
The municipality makes room for experiment, and has a great many tasks, in which students can get involved and make their mark.
As an intern in Fredericia Municipality, one of Casper Due Nielsen’s tasks was to develop the basic elements for a special elite sports profile for the municipality’s eight sports clubs.
Focus on elite profiles
The project involved developing a common presentation template for the clubs, discussing content with them and ensuring that the profiles were accessible on the clubs’ websites.
As part of his internship, Casper Due Nielsen had weekly consultations with the head of sport, Keld Vestergaard about the use of project management tools, the relationship between theory and practice, benchmark plans and stakeholder analyses.
An ideal choice
As far as Casper Due Nielsen is concerned, the internship in Fredericia Municipality was an ideal choice:
- “It was fascinating to take part in projects and learn about what other jobs this area of work might involve,” he says.
In addition to the elite sports profiles, the Sports Science and Health student was responsible for coordinating a project on diet and health at a primary school in the municipality.
Delighted with the collaboration
The HR Manager at Fredericia Kommune, Steen Ravnsbæk is delighted with the collaboration with university students.
- “The particular thing that the students have to offer is their external, theoretical perspective, without being aware of all the barriers the rest of us know,” he says, continuing:
- “They can pose some critical questions, which those of us who have been here for many years no longer ask. Those questions naturally instigate a process, and that is the whole objective of this arrangement.