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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.

More tips on job searching and sites for vacancies.

Faculties allow internship grants according to their own practices based on the University’s common principles.

  • On the city centre and Kauppi campuses, faculties make the internship agreements and supervise the students in matters related to internships.
  • In the degree programmes in technology, the internship agreements of financially supported internships are drafted at career services.

The internship agreement details the student’s supervisor, the tasks the student undertakes and the internship grant paid to the employer.


Common principles of internships supported by the University

  • The internship should be included in the degree.
  • 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 employer pays a salary to the student for the entire internship.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • The internship grant is available for working in Finland or abroad for a Finnish employer listed in the employer register.