International Internship Program

Internships / traineeships at the Station offer you the chance to gain experience working in a wide range of research projects, the opportunity to design your own independent project and depending on your internship, it is possible to have lodging at no cost to you in the Station's newly renovated dormitories.

Between 2016 and 2018 we have had 43 interns at LBS. We are currently receiving many more applications and inquiries about internships than we have spots available, and so the application process is quite competitive. Please contact us as soon as possible so that we have the chance to find a placement for you.

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. Please see the feedback from former interns below, to see what their experiences have been like.

For more information please contact our research and education coordinator, John Loehr (john.loehr@helsinki.fi, +358 504151726). In your e-mail include: 1) CV (please state whether you have a driver's license) 2) information on when your internship could possibly start, how long it would last and 3) what type of project you are interested in. 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Aquatic sciences, hydrobiology, limnology (Lauri Arvola, Jussi Huotari, Tiina Tulonen, Sari Uusheimo) 
  • Metapopulation ecology, invertibrate ecology (Suvi Ikonen, Marjo Saastamoinen)
  • Salmon genomics (Craig Primmer)
  • Host-pathogen evolution (Anne-Liisa Laine)
  • Mammal ecology, behavioural ecology (Janne Sundell, John Loehr)
  • Amphipod ecology and evolution (John Loehr, Janne Sundell)
  • Plant ecology, ecosystem ecology, plant-light-pollinator interactions, plant-phenology-pollinator interactions. (Matt Robson, Titta Kotilainen, Saara Hartikainen, Craig Brelsford, Marta Piereste)

Interns are encouraged to develop their own topics and you are free to suggest a general or a specific topic to us. 
 

Have a look at the videos our intern Rafael Gonzalez from UNAM in Mexico City made while at LBS

Finland, Lammi Biological Station

Finland, A normal student day at the Lammi Biological Station

A day in Lammi's Biological Station

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 environent 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 knowldege 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!"