Finding an internship

Be early to find an internship. Firstly, get familiar with the internship data and positions offered by your department. In most cases internships and application instructions are presented on the department’s website (the Studying section).

The budgets of most departments at the University of Jyväskylä have an annual quota for supporting internship both in Finland and abroad. This financing is meant for students who will not become subject teachers. Contact the internship contact person in your department and clarify practical arrangements (application procedure, the amount of potential financial internship support, etc.). Usually the application period for internships and possible financial support is in January–February.

An internship may be a part of optional or compulsory studies. In many subjects providing competence for a certain occupation (e.g. teacher education and psychology), internship is a crucial part of the education. In subjects producing academic professionals for various jobs, finding an internship may require a more active approach from the student. It is especially important to reserve plenty of time to find an internship abroad.

Internships may be offered by companies, central government, municipalities or other organisations. Many departments of the university also have connections to working life. Working tasks should always correspond to the studies. The rules of internship should be agreed upon accurately before the start of the internship period. If salary is paid for the internship, the student has a regular fixed-term employment relationship. In this case, the conditions of the employment are defined in the labour legislation, the collective agreement and the employment contract. Internship may also take place abroad.


For more information on internships, contact primarily the internship contact person of your department
Career Services:
Career Specialist Muru Linjala, +358 40 746 3223, muru.linjala[a]


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