Looking for a traineeship in a research project?

Internships / traineeships at the Station offer you the chance to gain experience working in a wide range of research projects and it is possible to have lodging at no cost to you in the Station's dormitories. For those accepted to the program, we aim that the experience is one in which you will grow in your independence as a scientist and give you many opportunities to put theory into practice and gain skills that will be useful in your career.

You can apply for a internship at Lammi Biological Station if you are university student looking for internship position, or if you have just graduated and you have Erasmus funding. Interns coming outside of University of Helsinki, will apply for visiting student status from University of Helsinki.

Usually inters serve as research assistants for various research groups or individual researchers, and their job description naturally varies depending on the type of research. Interns’ most common duties include the collection and analysis of data.

Minimum duration of internship is 2 months, however students from University of Helsinki are also accepted for shorter periods. Internship placement is easier to find if you can stay between 4-6 months, even longer. Also flexibility with timing increases changes of finding internship position

Prospective interns must apply using an application form.

Open positions fall 2024

Research group Ecology & Evolution of Interactions is looking for two interns 

First season 07/10 - 14/12 in 2024

Second season 06/01 - 25/04 in 2025

Candidates should be able to be in Lammi Biological Station for entire season, however candidates that can participate research in both seasons are preferred.

Research project studies how prey phenotypes are shaped by interactions with predator. The project will give interns the chance to gain experience and skills including: bird handling experience, carrying out predator assays,  problem solving, working as part of a research group.

Practical work will entail: catching and keeping wild birds, training birds to peck a digital touchscreen - most days are inside the lab working with the birds, days off are flexible but some work will be on weekends and evenings. 


General applications

We will take into consideration the interests of applicants and connect them with research accordingly. The number of traineeships is limited, with the greatest need for trainees during the spring and summer fieldwork periods.

Traineeships provide an excellent opportunity to familiarise yourself with the work of researchers in practice. During traineeships, trainees learn skills important for researchers, which are difficult to learn under circumstances other than practical work. Working hours in traineeships are flexible.

At any given time, there are roughly six to 20 trainees at Lammi Biological Station. They are an integral part of the work community, enabling the compilation of more extensive datasets. Many trainees return to the station to work on their theses. Accommodation at the station is free of charge for trainees, but a small fee is charged for lunch, laundry shifts and sauna use.

Good to know
  • Internship length is flexible, but an ideal time period is about 3-6 months.
  • Availability and start dates of internships vary
  • ERASMUS and ERASMUS+ students are welcome
  • ECTS credits can be earned by interns during their stay
  • Internships can be done at various stages of study (undergrad, graduate level)
  • Interns from both research universities and universities of applied sciences are welcome
  • You will be responsible for paying for your travel to Lammi.
  • Acommodation in shared rooms is provided at the Lammi Biological Station
  • Interns cover the costs of their meals. You can prepare meals in the dormitory kitchen or eat at our excellent cafeteria
  • Research equipment and materials are provided.
What our interns say about the program

Below is some feedback from interns about their experiences at LBS

"It was one of the best things I have ever done in my life. I will leave with the biological station in my mind and in my heart."

"It is an experience that should be offered to everyone starting a career in science. It's the best approach to what working in research actually is. Personally, it has been one of the most enriching experiences, helping to decide what kind of career I'd like to follow, and growing as a person."

"It was a great and interesting time and I'm really glad that I came here. I learned a lot of new things, especially in the ecology topics"

"I was able to build my own research project, and it helped me realize how hard it is to have a robust experiment in the field. I enjoyed a lot being so close to the nature and to be able to study it. Living with PhD students also helped me to figure out what a PhD work is like. I would like to thank-you a lot for my time here, where I really felt good"

"The last three months made me forget about everything else except for this place. I have had a really nice time at Lammi during and after work. It is such a nice place and I am considering coming back to Finland and Lammi in the near future!"

"One of the my greatest experiences of a lifetime where I did not only learn a lot about science but also about myself. Thanks a lot!"

"I had an amazing time. I came here in a place with amazing people, nice work a beautiful environment and so much more! It has helped me to evolve and grow a lot."

"I had an amazing time during the three months and learnt a lot. Since I didn't have any experience in labwork. It's a shame I need to go home."

"The internship gave me an insight in research work and helped a lot for future projects. Apart from the work it was a unique experience to stay at the station in this wonderful surroundings."

"A great and fun learning experience, that helped in finding a career to pursue. The fact that there are a lot of different nationalities makes the internship even more enjoyable!"

"It was an enriching experience at all levels. I was autonomous and the station allowed me to conduct my internship in the best conditions. I'm proud of the work I've done here. I even improved my English level. I hope to have the opportunity to continue in ecology and find a fulfilling job."

"Being here gave me self-confidence, self-knowledge and improved me not only as a scientist, but also as a resolute person."

"It was a great experience, on a scientific level and for my personal experience. It was really intense, I got to test out my limits, but I would do it again anytime."

"The program was really enriching. I was able to think just by myself, asked different researchers who have been very available for all the questions. Thank-you for all that we did!"

"It was a very good experience to improve my skill in ecology, fieldwork and a little bit in English. It was an opportunity to discover a new country and the LBS where people were very nice."

"It has been a very important experience for me to be here. I have become more independent in research and attained skills which I would never have gotten on just any course."

"Learned to put in practice my theoretical knowledge to a more practical field and to real issues. Meet researchers and understand what motivates them to do research..."

"It has been a wonderful time with great people and good accommodations. I like the workflow, nature and facilities. It was an honor to be working here. Hope to come back next year. Kiitos!"