Aalto Science Institute (AScI)

Aalto Science Institute international summer research programme

The Aalto Science Institute (AScI) international summer research (internship) programme offers bachelor's and master's students employment opportunities to participate first-hand in topical research, to interact with the premier research groups at Aalto University, and to network in an international environment. In support of AScI's role in internationalisation, the internships are open to students from all countries. Cultural and social activities enrich this unique summer experience in Finland.

The call for the 2023 summer research positions closed on January 31, 2023.

It was another record breaking year with 1607 application from 84 countries! Thanks everybody who applied.

Please follow this page for updates regarding the hiring process.

  • 13.3.2023 all candidtes have now been informed, including those who applied to project 4016
  • 7.3.2023: non-shortlisted candidates for project 2205 have now been informed.
  • 3.3.2023: Except for those who applied for projects 2205 and 4106, all non-shortlisted candidates have been informed that they were unsuccessful in an email from AScI.
  • 28.2.2023: The recruting is progressing on schedule. All unsuccessful candidates will be be informed at lastest by March 6. AScI does not have all the information from the research groups until then, so emailing us will not help. Thanks for your patience.
  • 4.2.2023: The reviewing, shortlisting, interviews, and hiring takes place during all of February. All unsuccessful candidates will be be informed at lastest in the first week of March. Updates will be posted here, so you will not gain extra information by emailing us. We appreciate your patience with this large recrutiment process. 

About the 2023 summer research programme call 

There are approximately 70 positions for 59 research projects in 10 departments across the School of Science and the three Engineering schools.

  • Update 03.01.2023: To apply, go to the page "How to apply to the AScI international summer research programme" linked to below.
  • Update 18.12.2022:
    • The draft list of projects for 2023 is now published (see the link below). A few "to be announced" project descriptions will be added next week. 
  • The summer 2022 programe was a great success. We received a record of over 1300 applications from 70 countries for the 55 positions across the fields of science and engineering. 60 interns from 20 countries spent a productive and enjoyable summer here at Aalto University.
How to apply to the AScI international summer research programme
AScI international summer research program: 2023 project list
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Q&A zoom meeting: Thursday, January 19th at 16:00 (GMT +2), https://aalto.zoom.us/j/65204119623

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Positions are potentially available in all schools within Aalto university. They are the schools of Science, Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Business, and Arts, Design and Architecture. Typically all the positions are in the schools of science and engineering. The positions usually last for twelve weeks in the period June to August, which is the maximum length of an AScI contract.

The students are employed as research assistants directly by the departments and research groups, and the exact timing of the employment should be agreed upon with the hosting department.

Applicants must read through the programme web pages before contacting AScI. For FAQ see the "How to apply to the AScI international summer research programme" page linked to above.

AScI application and selection schedule

In the selection of students, priority is given to students who have not previously studied or worked at Aalto.

Application schedule

Positions published


Applications opened 04.01.2023

Deadline for applications


Student selection and interviews


Invitation letters from Departments

mid March

Internship, Get to know Finland course, poster exhibition

June-August 2023 (12 weeks)

Activities for AScI summer researchers

  • "Get to know Finland" course. This course is offered only in June.
  • Regular lunch gatherings.
  • Other social activitis and day trips.
  • AScI poster exhibiton. In mid to late August the participants will present the scientific results of their summer work to the Aalto community. (2022 exhibition notice)


All positions are located on the Aalto University Otaniemi campus in Espoo, Finland. (Remote employment is not possible.)


Students will be employed as research assistants by their hosting department. The salary is sufficient to cover living costs, including accommodation. The salary is determined based on experience and qualifications according to the salary system of Aalto University. The minimum salary is 1800 €/ month for bachelor's students and higher for master's students. In addition, a single fixed travel bonus is paid (400€/800€ for those inside/outside Europe).


Aalto University Student Union (AYY) makes student housing available to AScI summer employees. See AYY housing.

Important information:

  • This housing is much cheaper than on the private market.
  • Apartments and rooms are located on the Otaniemi campus area (and other locations in Espoo and Helsinki).
  • Rental contracts can usually only be made for a fixed term of 2 to 4 months between 1st April - 31st August and it cannot be terminated.
  • Rooms are not furnished. Used furniture can be purchased from other students or rented from a private service provider.

Contact Info for Applicants

  • For academic questions concerning the research topic, please contact the academic contact person listed in each topic description. See the "AScI international summer research program: 2023 project list" page linked to above

  • For general questions concerning the programme or application procedure, contact the AScI admin at after reading the FAQ on the the page "How to apply to the AScI international summer research programme" linked to above

AScI News

Kuva: Matti Ahlgren.
Awards and Recognition Published:

Award-winning teams work together

Aalto Pioneering Excellence Awards were granted to Aalto teams that do pioneering work to develop the quality and excellence of operations.
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Cooperation Published:

AScI internship program sees record number of applications

As it enters it’s 9th year, the AScI internship programme is celebrating receiving over 1,000 applications for a single recruitment round
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Research & Art, Studies Published:

Moving to Finland to make solar panels from trees

Maryam Esmaeilzadeh tells us about her AScI Internship and how it’s led to a PhD place in Finland
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Press releases Published:

Major breakthrough in extremely water-repellent materials makes them durable enough for the real world

A new armour-plated superhydrophobic material has been developed for potential uses in medical equipment, solar panels and more
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