Allowance for internship
Internships supported by the University
The main goal of internships supported by the University is to foster the growth of students’ professional expertise, their career planning and future employment as well as to promote interaction between education and the world of work. The primary goal of supported internships is to offer the student the first opportunity to work in his/her field and to ensure that the student receives the supervision that he/she needs at the workplace.
Students are responsible for finding and organizing internship positions for themselves. One platform for searching internships is the University´s Job Ads Service.
Faculties allow internship grants according to their own practices based on the University’s common principles. Please check the information on the practices of internships in different degree programmes. The page is in progress, so if you can't find information on your degree programme, please, contact your own faculty or degree programme for more information.
Common principles of internships supported by the University
- The internship grant is not paid to the student; instead, the employer bills the University for the grant after the end of the internship period.
- The internship grant can not be used in unpaid internships. The employer pays a salary to the student for the entire internship.
- Receiving the internship grant requires that the employer pays the student a salary in accordance with the collective agreement in the field. If there is no collective agreement in the field of the workplace, the salary should be at least as much as defined in Kela’s work requirement (€1.236/month in 2020).
- In 2020, the amount of the internship grant is €1.800 at the most. The grant is always the same, it does not depend on the amount of salary the student is paid.
- The internship should be included in the degree.
- A student receiving the internship grant must be enrolled as present at the university for the duration of the internship.
- The internship grant cannot be applied for retrospectively.
- The student has a fixed-term employment relationship with the workplace. This means eg that the employer and student draft and sign an employment contract. During the internship, the student has the same rights and responsibilities as other employees. For example, annual holiday accrues during the internship.
- In addition, the student’s faculty and the employer make a separate agreement for the entire internship period. The agreement details the supervisor at the workplace, duration of the internship, the tasks, and matters related to billing the internship grant.
- The internship grant is available for working in Finland or abroad for a Finnish employer listed in the Finnish Employer Register (held by Finnish Tax Administration).