Scientist Ingelinn Eskildsen Pleym. Photo: Audun Iversen/Nofima

Project Year 2016

Popular internship scheme

 Marketing research    Processing technology  

Is it useful for a company to have a Nofima intern? And do scientists benefit from learning more about business? Yes and yes!

Ingelinn Eskildsen Pleym, a scientist in Nofima’s consumer and market research department, wanted to know more about challenges and priorities in the business world and how her knowledge can best be used commercially.

She therefore spent a three-month internship at Br. Sperre – a major fish processing company.


“The internship was worthwhile, and we now have excellent relations with the company. I gained insight into some of the current challenges facing the Norwegian fishing industry and learned a great deal. The new competencies I have gained are highly motivating,” says Pleym.

“It was very helpful to have Ingelinn here with us. She has given us new insight into how the outside world perceives us and how our surroundings affect us,” says Inger-Marie Sperre, managing director of Br. Sperre.

“Scientists contribute to policy formulation, primarily through their influence on politicians. It is therefore essential that they are familiar with our operations and framework conditions – and beneficial for the industry.”

Scientist Izumi Sone works in the department of processing technology at Nofima.

“I wanted to see research from the industry’s point of view and learn more about a company’s skills, needs and challenges, to ensure that the research we deliver in the future is business-oriented and useful,” says Sone.

This led her to Norway’s largest pelagic fishing company, Pelagia.

“I learned a lot about mackerel processing and got to know some highly skilled people at different levels in the company and the work they do, broadening my perspective as a scientist.”

The scientists who have had an internship recommend their colleagues – and companies – make use of Nofima’s scheme.

“An internship sparks new ideas, and being challenged professionally is good for everyone,” says Ingelinn Eskildsen Pleym.

“It is an unbeatable experience,” says Izumi Sone.

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