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The University of Helsinki’s Rekrynet reaches students and recent graduates who are seeking work that corresponds to their education. Students are primarily looking for summer jobs or short-term, part-time deputy positions and projects which can be completed alongside studies. Graduates are suitable for more challenging positions.

The University of Helsinki has 11 faculties, with teaching in more than 300 disciplines. Our competence and expertise extends to a wide variety of fields. Find out more about the University’s Programmes in English.

  • We will publish your advertisement within a few days of submission.
  • If you want to reach the international talent at the University, write the advertisement in English. The University has more than 31,000 students, of whom 1850 are international students (2018).
  • Published advertisements can be found on the Rekrynet.
  • We reserve the right to refrain from publishing job advertisements which are not suitable for our students.

The University of Helsinki has adopted the job and traineeship listing system of the Aarresaari network. The Aarresaari website features guidelines for advertisers and a description of data security and the database. You can also use the service to announce the open position to other universities.

The majority of University of Helsinki students complete a traineeship as part of their studies.

For the employer, the traineeship provides up-to-date information about the content and quality of university education. In addition, they will of course gain the benefit of the student’s work output. Traineeships may also be an efficient recruiting channel, since many students will continue working for the same employer after a successful traineeship.

Many kinds of work tasks are suitable for trainees. Students possess a wide variety of skills; in addition to the specialised knowledge from their own field of study, university education develops the most common skills required in the workplace, such as language skills, methodological skills and the capability of internalising new information.

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. Students’ expertise can also be utilised in various research and survey tasks. Trainee duties must be expert duties allowing the trainees to apply their education as much as possible. The duties must provide an opportunity to learn new things.

The trainee’s salary for full-time employment must meet the minimum wage under the conditions for employment set by Kela, the Finnish Social Insurance Institution of Finland, if no collective agreement exists for the field. The University of Helsinki participates in the funding of students’ paid traineeships: if the employer is unable to pay the required trainee salary in its entirety, the student may apply for traineeship subsidy from the University to make up for the salary costs. Read more about the University’s traineeship subsidy.  

  • The average duration of a traineeship is three months.
  • Open traineeships will be published on the Rekrynet.
  • Write a good and clear announcement. See tips how to to do that.
  • The traineeship can also be offered to international students. If this is the case, the advertisement should be written in English.
  • We will not publish announcements for unpaid traineeships. We reserve the right to not publish positions which are not suitable for our students.
  • The trainee must have an appointed supervisor at the host organisation. See tips for traineeship supervision.

Information about traineeship cooperation with the University of Helsinki.

See frequently asked questions about traineeships.

Read more:

Turn­ing a train­ee­ship into a per­man­ent job
Train­ees provide work­places with fresh com­pet­ence

Research and survey projects are excellent examples of work that could be commissioned as a Master's thesis. For the student, the Master’s thesis is proof of their skills and constitutes a coherent whole with a distinct research question, goal, scope and schedule.

Thesis cooperation is conducted in all fields, and partners can be found in a wide range of employer sectors.

  • When you advertise a thesis subject, it will be visible to students on the Rekrynet. Students will contact you directly if they are interested in the subject and it is applicable to their studies. The students will arrange with the department to have the thesis subject and commission approved.
  • Funding options: employment, fee or invoice, if the student is an entrepreneur or self-employed. The University of Helsinki does not employ a deed process or foundation which could be used to fund a commissioned Master's thesis. More information about funding options.

Recruiting staff is the most valuable investment a company can make. By taking part in the Helsinki UNI International Trainee Programme your company is offered a unique chance to get to know the international talents at the University of Helsinki. Join the programme and find a trainee, consultant or future employee.

HelsinkiUNI International Talent Programme

  • A six month mentoring programme where companies and international students get to know each other
  • A great way for a company to try internationalization and to create a positive employer brand
  • The programme enables students to build important networks to the Finnish labour market, bringing with them the latest knowledge.

What does the programme require?

  • The company gets to choose students to its mentoring group.
  • The company representative participates in the kick-off and closing events
  • The company commits to organizing 3–5 meet-ups during the programme. Themes for the meet-ups can include a company presentation, the latest trends in the field and current competency requirements.Getting to know the students and discovering their potential is an important theme.
  • When the programme is finished, companies are very welcome but not obliged to continue cooperating with the students.

The programme will start in December 2020 and end in May 2021. Participating companies will be selected during spring and summer 2020.  The registration period has been extended until September 11, 2020. The programme is intended for companies and organisations operating in Finland.    

More information and registration:

Want to learn more? Please contact: 

University of Helsinki,  Career Services
Project Specialist, Anna Storgårds
mobile: 050 4154595
email: careerservices@helsinki.fi

There are annual recruitment events organized at the Campuses of University of Helsinki.

  • Recruitment fair for the students in Faculty of Social Sciences (Valtiotieteilijöiden työelämämessut)
    Target audience: students at the Faculty of Social Sciences.
    When: November 2020
    The website is only in Finnish: you can find the contact information in “Ota yhteyttä”. The event is chargeable for exhibitors.
  • Kumpula's Potential (Kumpula Campus)
    Target audience: students of natural sciences, mathematics and statistics.
    When: November 2020
  • Viikki Areena (Viikki Campus)
    Target audience: students of agriculture and forestry and food and nutrition.
    When: November 2020

Career Services organizes Think Career –events in cooperation with employers and other collaborators, focusing on introducing career opportunities and job search skills for our students.


It is important that students learn about and network in the labour market during their studies.

Career Services organises career training events for students during the academic terms. These events give the stage to partners of Career Services.

Themes of such events have included the use of social media in job seeking and electronic job seeking.

The partner organisation has chosen an area of its expertise which it would like to introduce to students. The intention is not to present the company.

The event has also benefitted partners through visibility.

Events may be organised at Think Corner, which is open to the public, as well as on different campuses.

Career Services coordinates the University of Helsinki’s annual group mentoring programme. Mentoring is one of the most significant ways to support and guide students from studies to employment. In group mentoring, each mentor is assigned a group of three to four actors, or mentees.

Participating faculties vary every year. The application period for group mentoring begins in August, and the programme launches in November. The number of groups has grown every year.

Participating faculties are responsible for selecting the mentors.

Feedback from a mentor (2014):
“Our group had lively discussions. The themes we covered included career specialisation, project management, and career paths. The conversations were very rewarding and unreserved, and I was able to learn a lot myself. I hope I was able to share my experiences and open up new perspectives for my mentees.”

Read more about group mentoring.