Work based learning

All students at the University of Economics may choose to participate in internships. If you want to do this, you may arrange for them independently, or our help.

If you want our help in finding a good internship placement, you should contact:

Career Services

You may also contact:

mgr Marta Karaś
Stakeholder Relations Specialist
tel. (71) 36 80 886

The Career Offccie offers an access to the internship and job offers base updated on a day-to-day basis. In April 2015 the base had 56 active and available offers for internships and 97 job offers. About 40% of all offers in the base were English-language based. The new initiative is being developed for a long-term obligatory internships of the BSF students. The lists will be made available soon. Please remeber, that as participation in an internship is not formal assessment criterion and carries no obligatory ECTS

In the recent Students and Graduates Survey, we obtained feedback related to extracurricular activities of students. As it turns out it is a good idea to participate in at least one internship during studies!
Usefulness of internships as perceived by the BSF and MSF students:


Our students are rather internationally oriented, this is visible when we analyse the usefulness ranking of various internships. Of all types of activities most useful are internships (on average, 85% of participating students find them useful). Moreover, as we can see above, students believe internationally focused internships were extremely usefull to them: 91% of usefulness!

Bank of New York Mellon

Bachelor and Master Studies in Finance at Wrocław University of Economics provide far-reaching, exclusive schooling in the field of finance both with solid practical aspects. Due to agreement between BNY Mellon[1] and Wrocław University of Economics, the students of Bachelor Studies in Finance (5th semester) and Master Studies in Finance (3rd semester) participate in scrupulously planned courses – Principles of Fund Accounting (BSF) and Hedge Fund Accounting (MSF). During the courses students comprehend all the fundamentals of Fund Industry. The courses were prepared by Marek Czuba in a very close cooperation with BNY Mellon, so they truly reflect the fund industry environment. Marek Czuba is providing the courses for 5 years now bringing the theory and practice of fund industry together. Principles of Fund Accounting and Hedge Fund Accounting courses are unique and run only at the applicant programmes, thus, they provide students with a practical knowledge they cannot study at any other Polish university.

At the end of the course, around 8 to 12 best ranked students get an opportunity to have a five month, paid internship at Bank of New York Mellon, Wroclaw. During the internship students participate in work of BNY Mellon various divisions: Hedge Fund Accounting, Middle Office, Mutual Fund Accounting, Shared Services and Trade Capture. This gives them the chance to grasp various fields of financial industry.

[1] The Bank of New York Mellon was established in 2007 from Mellon Financial Corporation and The Bank of New York. BNY Mellon is a leading asset management and securities services company, uniquely focused to help clients manage and move their financial assets and succeed in the rapidly changing global marketplace. Headquartered in New York, BNY Mellon has $21.8 trillion in assets under custody or administration and $1 trillion under management.  The company has more than 49,000 employees operating in 36 countries and serving institutions and high-net-worth individuals in more than 100 markets worldwide.

University-based business education

Additionally, on the University-level, there is a vast range of projects where people from the business environment provide lectures and workshops in Polish and in English. The largest of these initiatives are graduate mentoring projects and the Business Competencies Forum[1], in which, since incorporation in 2008, lectures and classes were provided by 149 business leaders. Each of the open lectures takes place in the biggest University auditory, which seats 400 students. Workshops are provided in smaller groups and students need to register for them.

The mission of the Business Competencies Forum consists in developing business competences and skills of students in two ways: by teaching them basic economical knowledge and giving them a possibility to meet business people in person. The goals of the Forum includes:

  • teaching the students and graduates of the University knowledge that is essential and necessary to run a business,
  • developing practical business skills in the students and graduates of the University,
  • presenting the art of creative solving of business problems,
  • instilling a leadership attitude into the students and graduates,
  • creating and advancement of the multipurpose implementation of economic sciences.

Workshops and tutorials are offered by the Career Office which actively supports students in work-related soft skills development. The offer may be tailored for English language and in terms of content at the request of students, provided there are at least 10 persons interested.

If interested, please contact:

mgr Marta Karaś
Stakeholder Relations Specialist
tel. (71) 36 80 886


Practitioners-delivered teaching

On both programmes level, there are 23 academic teachers with significant practical experience, many are current practitioners. Their areas of expertise vary from accounting-related to investment related. Additionally, in the Master Studies, 5 people from the business environment teach in courses: Financial Market Cases and Advanced Corporate Finance (4 of them have international business experience).

Professionally relevant learning is fostered by alignment with the CFA and CIMA standards and by the thesis projects in both programmes, which contain obligatory analyses of market-based or company-based empirical data. Students select research topics in connection to their specialisations and are motivated to choose corporately relevant topics to impress the future employers.

Business-related competitions

Teams of the BSF and MSF students have lots of success in various company-based competitions, often reaching international finals. In March 2012, London one such teams advanced to 5 best teams in the Regional Finals of Europe, Middle East and Africa in the CFA Institute Research Challenge and won the competition in the Global Finals in April 2013 (800 universities took part). Similarly the teams advanced to the best 6 teams of the CIMA Global Business Challenge (June 2012, Colombo, Sri Lanka; August 2013, Johannesburg) become the Global Final 2nd runner up, of the Challenge in August 2013, in Mumbai. In the recent years the programmes teams also won the national finals in 2012-2014 in Warsaw. Other successes nationally scaled include making it to the Country Finals in EY Financial Challanger in the years: 2012-15.


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