2019-2020 / SSTG0032-1



1mois Internship

Number of credits

 Master in oceanography (120 ECTS)6 crédits 


Aida Alvera Azcarate, Gilles Lepoint


Gilles Lepoint

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

All year long


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The internship allows the student to meet professional oceanographers working either in a private company, association or a research group in a University. The stage consists of a stay of maximum 1 month in one of these institutions either in Belgium or abroad. A supervisor in the host institution will follow the work of the student. A list of institutions in which this stay can be realised will be made available to the students, although the student can also arrange a stay in another place. Internship are not retributed. In case of internship in a lab, it cannot be done in the same Research group than the master thesis nor on the same subject (but can be related).
Important: before the realisation of the internship, the student MUST obtain the agreement of the coordinator and the board of studies in oceanography. A summary of the objectives of the internship must be provided to the coordinators.
If the internship is performed abroad, a convention must be filled between Uliège and the host, available here:
 Coordinators for 2019-2021: Dr. G. Lepoint (G.Lepoint@ulg.ac.be) (Bât B6c, 2nd floor, room 2/16) and Dr. Aida Alvera-Azcárate (a.alvera@ulg.ac.be), (Bat B5a, 2nd floor, 2/56)
A non-exhaustive list of potential enterprises, lab or institution are available upon request.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The objective of this internship is to provide the student with a professional experience, either in the private, academic or other.
The internship is not aimed at developing original research material but rather at obtaining practical knowledge in a specific topic. The topic must be distinct from the one chosen for the master thesis, although it can be complementary.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

These will be determined by the host institution and the topic of the internship.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The activities must be determined by the supervisor at the host institution. An agenda can be established.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

The student must perform the tasks predefined by the host, during 4 weeks at most.

Recommended or required readings

These will be determined by the host institution and the topic of the internship.

Assessment methods and criteria

At the end of the internship the student writes a report of 6-10 pages MAXIMUM describing the activities performed. The report must be understandable by any oceanographer and not only the experts on the topic chosen
Structure of the report is free but must contain an introduction, a description of hosting structure, objective and planned activity, activity report. If applicable, the activity report part can be structured as follow: a material & method, a result and a discussion sections.Last paragraph must contain a brief synthesis of acquired experience during the internship (scientific, social, etc.). Bibliographic references must be also included if cited in the text.
In addition, students must add a short section (1/2 page) where they auto-evaluate their internship (experience, professional perspective)
The student must send a pdf copy of the report to the coordinnator (2 weeks before the deliberation), which will forward it to the internship director and two Uliege moderators  (Dr G. Lepoint et Dr. Aida Alvera Azcarate).
 The jury will assess the report based on a series of criteria (available to the student on demand). The supervisor mark will have a weight of 50%, and the two ULiege moderators will have 25% each.

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks

The student must organize the practical details of the internship (travel, accommodation if necessary, etc)
There is no salary associated to the internship, nor any other means of financial compensation.
The topic of the internship (title, short description, host institution, name of host) has to be provided to the
jury in Oceanography for approval before starting the internship. As a reminder, a brief description of the objectifs of the internship must be provided to the coordinators.


Dr Gilles Lepoint
Laboratoire d'Océanologie
Building B6c, 2nd floor, room 2/16