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Utilize our employer services when you want to recruit a trainee or summer workers, or want to suggest a master’s thesis topic. Our students have a wide range of expertise: in addition to helping students specialise in their field, university studies foster other useful skills, such as languages and the ability to manage extensive sets of information. Students can bring new ideas to your company!
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Every year, approximately 1,000 University of Helsinki students embark on a compulsory or elective traineeship as part of their studies. This means that there is certainly demand for traineeship placements!

When you hire a student as a trainee, you will gain access to the latest research information from the University in addition to a valuable employee. Many employers go on to hire their trainees for longer contracts.

As the University offers the broadest range of education in Finland, our students are suitable for many different types of traineeship duties. Trainees can, for example, perform duties related to marketing and communications, such as social media communications, website development, content planning, content production or event communications. The trainee can also draft reports, questionnaires or other research and projects that can benefit your organisation.

Trainees must be assigned duties that enable them to apply the knowledge and skills they have gained during their studies. Primarly a traineeship is one of the first opportunities for a student to utilize the expertise gained in studies and it is important to acknowledge this in the recruitment process. The trainees duties must provide an opportunity for learning new things.

You can advertise a traineeship placement in the JobTeaser service. For more on JobTeaser, visit the Aarresaari website.

Things to remember when advertising a traineeship

  • The average duration of a traineeship is three months.
  • We will not publish advertisements for unpaid traineeships. We reserve the right to not publish advertisements for positions that are not suitable for our students. Read our publication terms.
  • Design the best possible traineeship advertisement. Traineeships may also be offered to international students. If you would like to target international students, write the advert in English. See here tips tips on writing an advert.
  • The employer must assign a supervisor for the trainee to support the trainee’s successful traineeship. See tips for trainee supervision.
  • The trainee’s salary for full-time employment must meet the minimum wage under the work requirement set by Kela. The University of Helsinki supports its students in finding paid traineeships with a traineeship subsidy system.

The JobTeaser job portal provides a forum for reaching University of Helsinki students and graduates seeking employment in their field. For students, we particularly welcome adverts for summer work, part-time work that can be completed alongside studies or short-term substitute positions. Employees for more challenging tasks can be found from among our graduates.

  • With a single advert, you can target the University of Helsinki exclusively or up to eight other Finnish universities.
  • If you want to reach the international experts at the University of Helsinki, write your advert in English. The University of Helsinki has approximately 2,000 international students.
  • A carefully drafted advert draws more applicants. Read tips on how to create a advertisement on the Aarresaari webiste.
  • We will not publish adverts for jobs that are unsuitable for our students in terms of their field or otherwise. Read our publication terms.

Substitute positions and cooperation with student organisations

If you are interested in hiring a University of Helsinki student for a substitute position, student organisations are a good point of contact.

 Information on substitute positions and student organisations can be found here:

Research and survey projects are excellent opportunities for commissioning a master’s thesis. For the student, the master’s thesis demonstrates their learning and forms a coherent whole with a set research question, goal, scope and schedule.

Thesis cooperation is available in all of the University’s fields of education and partners can be found from a wide variety of employer sectors.

Advertise a topic for a commissioned master’s thesis on JobTeaser. Students will contact you directly if they are interested in the topic and it suits their studies. The student will arrange approval from the degree programme for both the thesis topic and the commission.

The master’s thesis may be funded through

  • An employment contract

    The employer and student conclude an employment contract. Career Services recommends an employment contract if the client has requests regarding the publicity of the thesis or is a governmental body. In a normal employment relationship, the student has the rights and responsibilities of an employee. The student is also directly compensated for the work.

    Specific procedures should be agreed in writing before beginning the cooperation. In addition to the salary amount, the contract should include the payment schedule, the student's commitment to completing the work as well as agreements on copyright, confidentiality issues and any other relevant matters (e.g., who is liable for the printing costs).

  • A paid fee

    When discussing the amount of the fee, consider that it is taxable income when paid to an individual (not a company) through a consultancy contract.

    This contract may specify how material contributed by the client may be used, what kind of guidance the client provides for acquiring the necessary material as well as any fees and work space costs. In addition, the contract may include mention of any special wishes the client may have, rights to the material and publication, as well as the schedule.

  • An invoice, if the student is an entrepreneur

    Self-employed people are liable for their own pension, insurance, material and other relevant costs. This should be considered when determining the compensation amount, since the net fee received by the student will be much smaller once these required costs have been paid.

The University of Helsinki does not have a system for deeds of donation or a foundation that could fund a commissioned master’s thesis.

Instructions for posting an advertisement can be found on the Aarresaari website.

Become a mentor for an international student

Does your organisation need international expertise, but you don’t know where to start looking? Meet the University of Helsinki’s young international experts through the HelsinkiUNI International Talent Programme (HITP) and find your trainee, summer employee or future team member.

What is the HelsinkiUNI International Talent Programme?
  • A six-month mentoring programme to connect companies with international students. The intention is to help students build networks in the Finnish labour market and business sector.  
  • An excellent way to build a positive employer brand among students or experiment with internationalisation. A multicultural staff is a creative staff! 
  • Ideally, HITP will generate long-term cooperation. However, the programme implies no further commitment from the company.

Recruit an international student

Is your organisation looking to recruit an international expert right now? Do you need someone with skills in a specific language or other special abilities that can help expand your organisation’s international horizons?

The University of Helsinki’s international degree programmes produce many different kinds of expertise. Career Services can help you find out whether one of the students registered in our JobTeaser job portal has the skills you need.

The same conditions apply to posting advertisements on JobTeaser as do to posting job or traineeship positions on any University of Helsinki platform. The position must be suitable for our students specifically. Our goal is to help companies and organisations become more international, but also to promote the employment of our international students.

Contact Career Services and tell us what kind of expert you are looking for! Together we can see if we can help you with your recruitment process.

If this sounds interesting, contact Career Services.

Cooperation with students can bring new ideas and perspectives to your operations. Hackathons, challenges and other campaigns yield results effectively.

Master Class

Master Class is a new way to learn and work. It is a challenge-based, shared work and learning process during which students and researchers develop practical solutions to for the future challenges of the welfare society together with a corporate partner.

Master Class is a way to connect students with professional life while possibly launching a deeper cooperation with the University.

Helsinki Think Company

Helsinki Think Company is the University’s entrepreneur community which supports skills development among students, researchers and entrepreneurs as well as the application of academic skillsets in professional life and society.

Helsinki Think Company brings students and representatives from the business world together through a variety of idea competitions, challenges and hackathons which develop practical solutions and operating models.

The students who graduate from the University of Helsinki are the top experts and influencers of the future. Make sure your company is an attractive employer by advertising at the University.

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